Mahindra XUV 500
launched at a starting price of Rs 10.8 lakh
& Mahindra (M&M), India's current leader in the SUV segment on Thursday
launched its new global sport utility vehicle XUV 500.
The bookings for the car will begin from Saturday. This is considered as
Mahindra’s most touted launch after the Xylo.
The XUV 500 is looked to fill the gap between the Scorpio and the premium SUV
range that include the likes of the Toyota
Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitubishi Outlander, Honda CRV. The
XUV 500 is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 drive options.
Taking the XUV500 to a global level the car will
be launched in South Africa tomorrow. "In the next six months, it will be
launched in Australia, South and Central America, Western Europe and SAARC
countries," M&M President (Automotive and Farm Equipment) Pawan Goenka
told reporters here.
In India the car will initially be available in all the major metros including Delhi,
Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. The car will be expected to compete with
the likes of General Motors' Captiva and the Toyota Fortuner, which are priced
at around Rs 19-20 lakh.
M&M Chief of Operations (Automotive Sector) Rajesh Jejurikar said the price
of the XUV500 could be revised after three months, depending on commodity
prices and other input costs.
In fact the XUV500 is looked as the mark of a new beginning from Mahindra and
Mahindra. It reflects the company’s growing aspirations towards the global
market. M&M Vice-Chairman Anand Mahindra said: "XUV500 is much more
than a car. It will be another cult vehicle, as Scorpio was."
Goenka said the XUV500, the company has spent a whopping 650 crore just to
develop the car. It is the first product from its Chennai research and
development centre. It will be produced at the Chakan plant. He said the new
vehicle would "redefine M&M as the Scorpio did nine years back".
As of now the company has no sales figures to compete with and will have a wait
and watch look. Officials said M&M has made arrangements for an initial
production capacity of 2,000 units a month.
The XUV is also a first of its kind vehicle for Mahindra in many ways. The
Mahindra XUV 500 also owns the distinction of being the country’s first
indigenously developed monocoque SUV. It is also equipped with a novel
transverse engine from the Mahindra. The XUV 500 is truly niche and world class
and this is further exemplified in the way it was conceptualized and created.
Right from ensuring the global standards, quality, technology, testing norms,
regulations and emissions every aspect related to the car has not at all been
Mahindra XUV 500 SUV
will be run by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel
and generates a maximum power of 140 bhp and a torque of
326 Nm. The M-Hawk engine is now in an east-west layout as against a
north-south placement in other Mahindra vehicles. The list of first time just
does not end here. The car also has a six speed manual gearbox, developed in house
by Mahindra itself as is the front wheel drive transfer case. The entry level
variants will be front wheel drive while another version will have an all wheel
drive layout with a torque on demand mechanism also delivering drive to the
The front grille of the XUV 500 is also a first of its kind with projector
headlamps, LED day time running lights, large front bumper with streaked air
dam and recessed fog lamps make for an aggressive finish.
The car is equipped with disc brakes on all wheels. The safety is encapsulated
with ABS, EBD, and ESP. The front seats have air bags. The start/stop is a standard
attachment and it also has a hill descent control for the top line offering.
The Mahindra XUV500 Pricing Ex-showroom Delhi
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 four wheel drive - Rs 10.80 lakhs
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 two wheel drive - Rs 11.95 lakhs
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 four wheel drive - Rs 12.88 lakhs