Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre is getting set to rollout a full month’s worth of incredible shows in March to celebrate the venue’s 25th anniversary. The first of those shows to be announced will be hometown funk heroes The Motet on Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Earlier today, The Motet also announced a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 2nd with Jurassic 5 and The California Honeydrops.Tickets for The Fox show go on-sale this Friday, December 16th at 10AM MDT via The Fox Theatre website. Special 2-day passes for the March show and Red Rocks performance will also be made available.The Motet @ Red Rocks – 7/22/2016 – “The Truth”:
On Thursday, Mahindra pulled the veil off the TUV300 pricing it at a base price of Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Homegrown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra has pinned its hopes on the new sub-compact SUV TUV300 to revive its flagging sales. The TUV300 is the first major release from the stables of Mahindra & Mahindra in the last four years and as such, the Mahindra group is banking majorly on the vehicle to pick up its numbers.But can the butch-looking car that Mahindra has come out with actually give it the required push and bring up its sales numbers? For the TUV300, which Mahindra has designed with inspiration from a “battle tank”, it will have to go head on with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster/Nissan Terrano and even the sporty Hyundai i20.First things first. At a starting price of Rs 6.9 lakh and a top price of Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), Mahindra has priced the TUV300 in a wide number of segments whereby it can effectively dent the sales of not just its expected competitors but also the likes of Swift Dzire and the Ertiga as also the Honda Mobilio which are likely to begin feeling the heat once the car begins rolling out of the showrooms and on to the roads.The 7-seater configuration of the TUV300. The rear row is a little cramped, but usable.A good question to ask here would be why would anyone buy a Mahindra TUV300 when one can easily buy a top model Maruti Swift Dzire for an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of Rs 7.89 lakh.The answer lies in the packaging of the vehicle. Mahindra has, with some smart engineering and seating alignment, turned the TUV300 into a 7 seater with facing foldable seats in the last row. It also has the 2nd largest bootspace at 384 litres after the Renault Duster’s 475 litres. What’s more, in terms of safety, the T4+, the second from base model, comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Comparatively, the same is not available on the Duster RxL which gets only a driver’s side airbag with the passenger side airbag being optional. The Ford EcoSport, however, gets the dual airbags and curtain airbags only in the third and top-end trims. advertisementThe TUV300 also gets a premium dual tone dashboard.In terms of engine and performance, the TUV300 has almost the same sized engine (1493cc) as the Ford EcoSport (1498cc) and the Renault Duster (1461cc), but about a 100cc bigger than the Hyundai i20 Active SX (1396cc). The other major difference is that the TUV300 comes with an inline 3 cylinder engine, while its competitors all boast of a 4-cylinder engine. Even with the three cylinders, the TUV300’s 1.5 litre engine can churn out a hefty 230Nm torque, more than its nearest closest competitor the Hyundai i20 Active SX at 220Nm. The TUV300’s 5-speed manual gearbox is a direct lift from the Scorpio.In terms of looks, Mahindra has carried forward its jeep legacy and that shows up in the TUV300’s butch appearance. The high shoulder and the blacked out B-pillar along with the high bonnet line give it a solid appearance, which at first sight appears disproportionate compared to the sleek and polished lines of say the Ford EcoSport and even the Hyudai Creta. The TUV300 also sports perhaps the shortest front and rear overhangs.There are chances that Mahindra might upgrade the TUV300 and turn it into a 4WD in its next avatar with a revision in prices. However, till then, the only thing Mahindra can sit and do for the time being is wait and watch how the market reacts to its first offering in four years.