The most anticipated car from the Mahindra stable has just taken the wraps off, the new XUV500, its most important SUV since the Scorpio. Designed to appeal to Indian as well as global SUV buyers, this thoroughly modern SUV is the first Indian off-roader to be built around a car-like monocoque chassis.
The design is very forward looking and, undoubtedly, the styling is clearly the talking point here. The stance of the car is spot-on. Almost Mitsubishi Outlander like in the way it carries its weight, the long wheelbase, tapering roof and rising beltline makes this car look quite dynamic and modern. The best part however is that the stand-up awkwardness of the Scorpio is gone, and that’s fantastic. The detailing and aggressive cuts and slashes all over the body make this car look even more modern and futuristic.
The XUV500 also has a tough build, plenty of space on the inside and is well equipped too. It has LED reading lights, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring and even six airbags. Under the hood is the familiar 2.2-litre mHawk engine similar to the one in the Scorpio. However, it now makes more power and torque – 140bhp and 33.33kgm – and the engine is placed transversely. The XUV will be launched in front-wheel-drive as well as all-wheel-drive versions and there is a new cable-operated six-speed manual gearbox, developed with the help of Riccardo, capable of handling more torque than the Scorpio’s gearbox.
Mahindra showcased the top end w8 variant of XUV 500 which is FWD (front wheel drive) vehicle. Going by the Mahindra’s history, XUV 500 may have w2, w4, w6 and w8 like its sibling Xylo. The complete list of new Mahindra XUV500 features will be released on 29th Sep 2011(today).
- 2.2 Litre mHawk Diesel Engine
- Transverse CRDI Diesel Engine
- Turbocharged Diesel Engine
- Max power of 140 BHP
- Max Torque of 326 Nm
- 6 Speed Cable Shift manual transmission
- 4 Wheel Drive and 2 Wheel Drive Options
Features of Mahindra XUV500 –
- ABS with EBD
- Traction Control System
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
- Large 17 Inch tyres
- 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels
- Steering mounted controls
- LCD Infotainment System
- Leather Upholstery
- Rear Wash and Wipers
- Rear Spoiler
- New Design Outside door handles
- Large front Grille
- Multi-barrel Xenon Head Lamps
- Large Dual Glove Box compartment
- 3 Spoke Sporty Steering Wheel
- Large Instrument cluster with chrome garnish
- Climate Control System
- Integrated Audio system and Multi-function central console
- High ground clearance
- Daytime running LED lights
The priced will be revealed on 29th Sep 2011(today). We will update it as soon as it’s revealed. As per speculations, the price is expected to be between Rs. 12 Lakhs and Rs. 15 Lakhs. We will update this section when the official prices are revealed.
Also see – Spied – Mahindra XUV500 Inside out! (Updated)
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