As promised, we are back again with more info on the newly launched Mahindra XUV500. Mahindra and Mahindra, in a phased event, today launched the Mahindra XUV500 at Bangalore. The Mahindra XUV500 designed and developed in-house by Mahindra is the company’s first global SUV platform. The SUV has been designed with significant inputs in styling and development from customers across the globe.
The Mahindra XUV500 price range starts at Rs Rs.10.80 Lakhs for the W6 model, Rs.11.95 Lakhs for the W8 2WD model and Rs.12.88 Lakhs for the W8 All Wheel Drive (AWD) model in Delhi, while the price reads at Rs 11,32 Lakhs for the W6 model, Rs 13, 51 Lakhs for the W8 2WD model and Rs. 12,53 Lakhs for the W8 All Wheel Drive (AWD) model in Mumbai and Rs 10.91 lakhs for the W6, Rs 12.07 Lakhs for the W8 2Wd model and Rs 13.02 Lakhs for the All Wheel Drive (AWD) model in Bangalore (All-Ex-showroom Prices) .
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group said, “The launch of our first global SUV platform, the XUV500, is another proud moment in our automotive journey. For the Mahindra Group, the XUV500 represents ‘Rise’ in action as the team deployed alternative thinking to deliver a high level of technology and performance at an unbeatable price. I am confident that the XUV500 will create a brand new category in the premium SUV segment and find favour both in India and overseas.”
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. while speaking at the launch mentioned, “The XUV500 is our first global SUV that has been completely designed and developed around the global customer, with extensive product validation and testing done across Europe, Australia, South Africa, and India. The Mahindra XUV500 offers benefits such as aspirational styling, a product filled with technological advances, advanced safety features, comfort and convenience, etc. hitherto seen only in hi-end SUVs. All this and much more at an unbeatable price, which makes this product nothing less than a category creator.”
Vivek Nayar, Sr Vice President, marketing, automotive sector, Mahindra and Mahindra briefing about the Mahindra XUV500 said the SUV is unmatched in terms of style, performance, technology, safety and comfort, providing the customers a truly complete driving experience.
The Mahindra XUV500 has been inspired by the Cheetah. Bold and glorious lines that trace the world’s most agile animal in action, namely the cheetah, contribute to the elegant styling and visual impact – an intimidating jaw-like honeycomb grill, the unique paw styled vertical door handles and muscular wheel arches – all add to what seems to be the vehicle’s innate desire to pounce! The body is aerodynamically designed with static-bending projector headlamps and LED parking lamps, racing-inspired twin exhausts, integrated bumpers and stylish, light-weight alloy wheels all add to the SUV’s stature, making the XUV500 a striking presence on road.
The Mahindra XUV500 is a monocoque and it is found only in the most modern SUVs of the world. The monocoque construction will result in an excellent power to weight ratio, unmatched handling and undiluted driving pleasure. The SUV is available in 3 exciting variants and 7 lust-worthy shades to suit a variety of tastes. The colours that will drape the XUV500 are Satin White, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple, Amazon Green, Moondust Silver, Volcano Black and Dolphin Grey. These colours also are contemporary and classy.
The engine that powers the Mahindra XUV500 is the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine which delivers a power-packed 140bhp with 330Nm torque. This is the same engine that does duty in the Mahindra Scorpio. The 2.2 litre engine gets a 6-speed transmission and the 5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger which makes the SUV do a 0-60 in just 5.4 seconds. The powerful and the torquey engine has not been compromised with fuel economy and it shows.
The beast of an SUV returns with an impressive 15.1 kms per litre (ARAI-certified). Driving in the city is a breeze with the XUV500 as the Dual Mass Flywheel ensures rattle-free driving pleasure with high torque at low engine revs. The beats is also environment friendly as the advanced Micra Hybrid Technology helps conserve both fuel and nature.
Mahindra XUV500 can easily now boast of being the most stable vehicle in India at this part of the Rs 11 lakh bracket. The Mahindra XUV500 also boasts of an All Wheel Drive (AWD) that lets the driver tackle even the toughest of roads with consummate ease. The Interactive Torque Management (ITM) system automatically redistributes the torque between the front and rear wheels to manoeuvre the XUV500 out of any discomfort. The seamless transition from 2WD to AWD without driver intervention gives XUV500 owners a level of handling prowess unmatched by conventional vehicles. The XUV500 features sporty suspension that also affords drivers a lot of room for fun. In fact, the XUV500 features a suspension system of McPherson struts up front and the independent multi-link suspension in the rear.
Technology is present in abundance in the Mahindra XUV500 SUV. No wonder the guys at Mahindra have toiled hard to come out with a product like this. The Mahindra engineers with the XUV500 have created a SUV which is not just world class but also futuristic. The customers would have a field day locating those ever present gizmos in the XUV500. Lets bring the first-in-class gadgets found in the XUV500 to begin off. A checklist is very well what you will be needing when we take you through the gadgets you are most likely to find only on the XUV500 . A 6-inch LCD touchscreen on the dash coupled with highly sophisticated touch screen infotainment system with DVD player, CD/MP3, FM, Bluesense technology, full i-pod connectivity and 6 speakers. This might sound music to your ears as the speakers with built-in tweeters recreate the experience of an original studio recording for all audiophiles, reminding the passengers of a high-end home theatre surround sound set-up.
The XUV500 also features a fully loaded GPS navigation system, which covers over 1.5 million kilometres of road across 1200 cities with a turn-by-turn voice guidance system in not less than eight regional languages. The system also gives the driver access to over 5 million touch points of interest including restaurants, ATMs, fuel pumps and movie theatres. Getting Lost, no way with the XUV500 …
The XUV500 also features a full fledged, integrated Driver information system that reports to you with all the vital information about the car. Information such as the tyre air pressure and temperature, hoe far can you go with the existing fuel and so on. Some of the other features the SUV features are intellipark reverse park assist system, cruise control, and a host of other intelligent features.
Safety has not been compromised either. Mahindra calls the XUV500 part sanctuary and part fortress. The SUV features Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Rollover Mitigation, 6 airbags (Front, side and curtain airbags), thoughtfully located crumple zones and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
The SUV also features Hill Descent Control identifies steep inclines and engages itself to assist the vehicle down the slope with caution while Hill Hold Control prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting from standstill on an incline.
On the interiors, the XUV500 is a driver’s delight. A high calibre, twin-pod instrument cluster with seriously sporty 3D designs and an exquisite waterfall style central bezel combine to give you the feel of a highly evolved piece of machinery. The driver’s seat is ergonomically designed with 8 different adjustments including height and complete lumbar support adjust.
Independent AC vents with fully automatic climate control double HVAC cools all corners of this spacious SUV with individual controls for each passenger. The car’s stylish exterior is aptly complemented by the elegantly crafted two tone pure leather interiors, replete with intuitively placed storage units, which include a cool box and an inbuilt laptop holder. Well thought features such as Individual reading lamps for each passenger and conveniently placed laptop and mobile charging points in each seating row, together with the concealed lounge lighting, add to the sheer exclusivity that is the Mahindra XUV500.
Mahindra vehicles accounts to more than 60 percent of the SUV market in India and with the XUV500 , it wants to take the ratio to a higher level. The Mahindra XUV500 has a localization content of about 90 percent and that explains the jaw dropping price. Mahindra’s target audience for the XUV500 are the customers of C2 segment and above, which translates into people looking to upgrade from their current sedans such as Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and so on.
Though the top management in Mahindra was tight lipped on the number of XUV500 units it was planning to sell, they sure said that the production capacity of the vehicle in Chakan near Pune could manufacture around 200 units per month and the production could be ramped up based on the demand.
The bookings for the Mahindra XUV500 could start from 3 or 4th of October and Mahindra in a smart marketing move has created an elite “Purple Club” for the customers of the XUV500 and have hired 300-350 people across India as Relationship Managers and trained them in Chakan. We also have Mahindra XUV 500 car review for your leisurely reading.