Mahindra XUV500 crossover launched in India
Mahindra, a leading Indian automaker prominent only in the Indian automotive scene, is probably one of the rarest of brands in the Middle East. Despite attempting to compete with the automotive giants by launching models, like the Scorpio that has won several accolades in India, Mahindra’s failure in the international scene was miserable and inevitable, largely due to the outrageous quality issues, dated styling and horrendous driving experiences. However, Mahindra has now seemingly realised their blooper and gained some sense, apparent from the launch of their all-new visually-stunning XUV500 (read as “5-double-oh”) crossover.
The XUV500 is Mahindra’s latest effort to counter the ever-increasing competition and meet the growing expectations of the consumers. Built on an in-house unibody platform which will serve the company’s future products as well, the XUV500 boasts a very attractive design. The XUV500 is powered by Mahindra’s mhawk140 2.2-litre direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and putting out 140 hp and a massive 330 Nm of torque. There are no petrol engines or automatic gearboxes offered at the moment.
The impressive feature list of the XUV500 makes it the first in-house developed Indian automobile to sport so many options typically found only in the renowned brands. Features include bending projection headlamps, LED parking lights, twin exhausts, all-wheel-drive, cooler box, two-tone leather interior, automatic a/c, mood lighting, voice command-activated control centre, advanced infotainment system featuring a six-inch colour touchscreen, navigation and iPod compatibility, Bluetooth, seven seats with flat-folding second and third row seats, power tailgate, electrically-folding power mirrors, steering controls, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, hill hold and hill descent control, and much more.
There is no word on whether the Mahindra XUV500 is destined to reach the UAE, Saudi Arabia and few other GCC markets where Mahindra had dared to launch the disastrous Scorpio. However, if it does foray into the shores of the GCC with a reasonable gasoline engine, automatic transmission and a generous price tag, we shall witness a product from Mahindra’s stable that is finally fit for some competition.