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When India’s top SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra announced that it will launch automatic version of its popular vehicle XUV500 in Algeria and S...

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Mahindra will introduce powerful en...

Mahindra is an eminent Indian based auto manufacturer and its speciality is Sport Utility Vehicles. Some of quality examples of Mahindra SUV are are X...

2014 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift in Pune

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By now, people have surely lost count of how many times the Mahindra Scorpio facelift have been spied testing on the Indian roads. The iconic SUV from...

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Mahindra has an exciting new launch this year, called Scorpio facelift, the car has been in the buzz for a long time, captured in various spy shades. ...

Spy pictures spur rumors of Mahindra XUV500 automatic version

When India’s top SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra announced that it will launch automatic version of its popular vehicle XUV500 in Algeria and South American nations, its fans in domestic market were sorely disappointed with the firm. However from recent spy pictures available online of Mahindra’s test car it appears as if the XUV500’s automatic version is being tested in India. Though there had been rumors after overseas launch that India may soon receive an automatic variant too, it has not been officially confirmed by Mahindra therefore news of launch is still tentative though fans are eagerly waiting for this version. Though Indian customers were earlier wary about new technology the recent success of Maruti’s gearless technology has shown that automatic gearbox system will be welcomed even if it consumes more fuel.

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After Mahindra acquired South Korean firm SsangYong in 2011 it was decided to develop produce and launch products under Mahindra SangYong brand after 2015. Under this partnership it was also decided to work together on developing engines and transmission boxes for use on these cars so their products would be more technologically superior and they would not have to depend on outside sources for critical auto-parts. The first among these automatic transmission boxes currently being developed by both Mahindra and SsangYong are to be affixed on XUV500 expected to be launched in Africa and South America along with India. The new products which will be launched by this partnership between 2015 and 2018 will also be fitted with automatic gearboxes manufactured by SsangYong Mahindra engineering division.

The automatic transmission currently being used on latest Mahindra Scorpio was made at DSi by Bosch exclusively for this model of Mahindra and now that the firm will be making automatic gearboxes by itself it remains to be seen if existing one will be used or new in-house transmission equipment will be attached. The existing Mahindra XUV500 is powered by 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine which delivers powerful output of 140 bhp and maximum torque of 330 Nm. With the additional power of automatic gearbox and automated manual transmission or AMT mechanism the versatility and ease of driving for the XUV 500 will increase along with its popularity.

Mahindra had launched an AMT version of its compact SUV Quanto at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi and its gearbox was designed by internationally renowned engineer Ricardo of United States. Though the firm has received enquiries about the AMT version of this car bookings have not commenced as yet as buyers are still studying reports of Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio. The hatchback which has been fitted with same mechanism and has been launched for first time in India and old timers are still cautious of new technology. Mahindra hopes to recreate history like it did with Scorpio and Bolero therefore is taking cautious steps forward with new technology to launch error free vehicles into the markets. Mahindra will also export a sizeable number of its products to overseas markets which may not be technology savvy to handle this mechanism therefore will need to train them about its usefulness.

Mahindra will introduce powerful engines into its new SUV products

Mahindra is an eminent Indian based auto manufacturer and its speciality is Sport Utility Vehicles. Some of quality examples of Mahindra SUV are are XUV500, Bolero, Scorpio, Quanto and many others. The company enjoys a phenomenal market share in Indian and overseas markets. Its efficient revenue structure has enabled Mahindra to enjoy a portion of shares with eminent South Korean auto biggie SsangYong.

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It is in the news that Mahindra is building new series of engines with SsangYong. The new engines imply new launches scheduled to happen sometime in 2015. Mahindra is the biggest SUV manufacturer in India and its ace competitor is Tata Motors. The two firms have developed robust off-terrain SUV’s.

The year 2014 and the years that follow are filled with new SUV launches; Mahindra too will emerge with powerful pieces in 2015. The company’s upcoming launches are XUV500 automatic and Scorpio facelift. The two cars were captured by car enthusiasts on several occasions. Mahindra aims at big launches for 2015, on the forthcoming models the President of automotive division sector of Mahindra and Mahindra, Dr. Pawan Goenka stated, ‘’Mahindra is the market leader in SUV segment, and has the most number of SUV’s compared to any other firm.’’

Mahindra is a pioneer in SUV engine technology, and is keen to take its power train technology to a whole new level. Its upcoming models will be built on new engine platforms. The competition in SUV segment has intensified to the hilt, with a string of fresh pieces like Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport, and Renault Duster, and Mahindra will introduce models to offer stiff competition with current and upcoming line up of SUV’s.

The new SUV’s will move on novel engines and will be the product of collaborated effort from Ssangyong and Mahindra. The first in the series is X100 that will launch sometime in early 2015; the remaining two will arrive in late 2015. The new engine output is not just limited to three, there will be many more engines, and Goenka has mentioned of the company’s plan to bring in many more power trains.

According to the buzz, the three engines in Mahindra’s pipeline will move on engine capacities that range from 1.2 to 1.6 liters, and the largest power train engine output will arrive in Ssangyong circuit. The company will have to build engines in accordance with stringent excise regulatory norms, in order to fit the bill, the engines will have to move with a capacity that lies below 1.5 liters. The most powerful engine will manoeuvre with 1500cc capacity. To lower manufacturing costs, Mahindra has adopted alternative strategies, and will make use of existing inventory; the smallest engine will be a 1.2 litre version of 1.6 litre engine.

It will be interesting to learn of Mahindra’s new projects, more for the fact if there are brand new models in the pipeline. A product of Mahindra and Ssangyong has to be stunning, since both firms have produced grand models. Mahindra is indeed set to battle the cut-throat SUV race.

The new 2014 Mahindra Scorpio’s spy pictures surface again

By now, people have surely lost count of how many times the Mahindra Scorpio facelift have been spied testing on the Indian roads. The iconic SUV from the house of Indian SUV master Mahindra has been in news recently for two reasons. Firstly, because of its increasing popularity, becoming the top SUV in India beating the newer SUVs; and secondly, because of its highly speculated upcoming refreshed model.

2014 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift in Pune

The upcoming refreshed Mahindra Scorpio has been spotted while going about its test schedule innumerable times in different parts of the country. Once again, a set of new close up spy shots of the upcoming model of the SUV has flashed on the internet.

As usual, even these pictures show the new 2014 Mahindra Scorpio to be draped fully in heavy camouflages. Mahindra has not revealed any details on the car as yet and the heavily veiled prototype models also don’t reveal much. However, several new features can be easily recognized from the close shots. It has been already reported and re-confirmed several times that though this is only a facelift model of the Scorpio, the SUV will get a lot of changes on the outside as well as on the inside. Moreover, as per the speculations, the alterations will not be only skin deep, as the SUV is also expected to get tweaked powertrains for enhanced power and handling.

The new refreshed Mahindra Scorpio will also become more up-market and is expected to borrow some design cues and features from the premium XUV500. The overall structure of the Scorpio will be retained, but its front fascia is expected to become bolder with a new aggressive looking front grille and larger headlamps. It is also expected to get revised bumper designs. It will also get bigger exterior mirrors and newly designed wheel arches. It is also expected to get new alloy wheels to make the SUV look sportier. At the rear, the tail lights are expected to keep their Christmas tree arrangement, however it is said that the car will get new LED tail lamps.

On the inside, the new 2014 Scorpio will have a new layout and design. It will get new more premium quality upholstery to make the vehicle appear more up-market. The vehicle is also known to be borrowing the steering wheel straight from the XUV500. The new dashboard is decked with a modern neat instrument cluster along with silver accents and an expected large infotainment screen.

The spy auto journalists this time followed the vehicle very closely and noticed its refined drive with smooth high speed runs and minimal engine noise. Thus, even though the new Scorpio is retaining its good old 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel mill, Mahindra seems to have refined it a lot. There are also rumors suggest that the high-end Scorpio model might be fitted with 140bhp motor that runs the XUV500.

Though the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio is a facelift, it is much more than just a refresh and will surely come with comprehensive updates.

Expectations with Scorpio facelift is sky high

Mahindra has an exciting new launch this year, called Scorpio facelift, the car has been in the buzz for a long time, captured in various spy shades. Scorpio is a killer launch from Mahindra stable, and a dream car for adventure buffs, inscribed in its typical rough and tough stance.

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The past few years are filled with new SUV launches that portray urbane demeanours. The Scorpio continues to remain the emperor of SUV’s, and even today the sale portfolio of Scorpio is higher than that of Renault Duster. Scorpio facelift will bring in greater surprises, and is expected to be a blockbuster launch this year.

Mahindra will launch Scorpio facelift sometime during the end of 2014, and the platform to bring in the car is the colourful festive season. Scorpio facelift at present is conferred with the codename S-594. Scorpio buffs will be thrilled with a new Scorpio facelift launch; the modifications are purely cosmetic, while the mechanical characteristics of the car will remain unchanged. The car will muster its exorbitant power from diesel turbo m Hawk 2.2 liter engine that will pump out 330Nm and 140 bhp. The torque and power energies are greater than earlier capacities of 290Nm and 120 bhp. The other addition is the insertion of 6 speed automatic gearbox along with the existing 5 speed manual gearbox. The suspension has been modified in a way to render greater handling and smoother ride.

Mahindra aims to improve the interior décor of Scorpio facelift to match up to the requirements of the modern demographic. The insides will have premium fabric upholstery to provide a more upmarket feel. Expect to feel the depths of modern car with the insertion of trendy LED tail lights, daytime running lights, projector headlights on the outside. On the inside there is a world class music system with aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio controls on steering and stop or start button. Scorpio facelift resembles XUV500 to the core from the front.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift will arrive with amazing surprises, the first phase of excitement lies in cosmetic changes, to the lines of a modern car effect. The fitment of projector headlights, LED tail lights and daytime running lights will result in a grand modern form of Scorpio called Scorpio facelift. The interiors will be enriched with fine décor, and greater surprise elements will be visible on quality leather upholstery.

The company has not divulged details on price structure of the car, from the looks of it the general perception is Scorpio facelift will arrive with a higher price tag. Details on pricings and novel identities of the car will be revealed, after the car is officially launched.

What is most fascinating about the Scorpio facelift is the improvement in engine power from the same power train. The power and torque improvement from 2.2 liter mHawk engine has increased tremendously. There have been extensive reports about Scorpio facelift months before launch, and the change in the car from Scorpio paints a thrilling picture. The launch date is months away, and the arrival of Scorpio facelift will result in double celebration moments.

Mahindra & Mahindra to get long awaited government subsidies on greener cars

The long wait and consistent demand of the Indian auto makers for a helping hand from the Indian government to promote EVs has been fruitful. The government of India has finally going to offer the much needed subsidies to the greener vehicles such as the Electric Vehicles (EVs) and the Hybrid vehicles. The government is going to offer a wide ranging subsidy to the electric/hybrid cars and bikes from Rs. 8,000 to up to Rs. 12 lakhs supporting their promotion in the country.

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This help was eagerly looked forward to by the Indian homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra who ventured in the electric vehicle market with the innovative and smart e2o last year. Not only Mahindra but its Indian rival Tata Motors will also benefit from the subsidies, as both the auto majors are busy making several EVs as well as hybrids.

Mahindra & Mahindra is pretty much ready with the electric version of its Verito sedan and Maxximo pickup truck and many more projects such as a hybrid XUV500, but was hesitating to go ahead with the projects due to the lack of the subsidy.

On the other hand, Tata Motors’ CNG-hybrid bus is already offered in Madrid, but is yet to launch in the home market given its steep price of over Rs. 1 crore. However, this will now receive the highest subsidy of by Rs. 12 lakhs if and when the company launches it in India.

A government official told the reporters that the intention of the subsidy is to neutralize the high price quotient of the EV/hybrids that generally cost 30-40 percent over the price of the conventional fossil fuel driven cars. After the subsidy, the pricing of the green cars become very practical and are attractive options for the consumers, as these offer very low running cost and are more economical in the long run. This subsidy is expected to cost the Indian government around Rs. 12,000 crore over the next 6 years.

The XeV four wheelers which are tagged upwards from Rs. 7.5 lakh require to get financed by up to Rs 1.5 lakh, while the XeV two wheelers (bicycles and motorcycles) are likely to get a greatest subsidy of Rs. 30,000, to promote them, while the Hybrid buses will get the top of the range subsidy of around Rs. 12 lakh depending on various factors including original factory building cost.

In January 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh kick started the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 in order to promote the greener and less polluting transport system for the nation. The green initiative has finally become fruitful with the subsidy coming in place.

The greener vehicles such as the hybrids and EVs are really the need of the hour, as the eco-imbalance continues to worsen each day. Global warming and unnatural weather patterns require strict measures to be taken against environmental pollution.

As the Indian consumers are cost conscious, the subsidy will definitely help promoting the much required green vehicles in the country.

Mahindra to launch new products and open a new manufacturing plant in upcoming months

Mahindra and Mahindra has not been discouraged by setbacks suffered in 2013 and has grand plans of expansion for future which comprise launch of new brands and also a new manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu. The firm has already announced setup of its seventh manufacturing unit with an investment outlay of Rs.4000 crores at Cheyyar which will be spread across 400 acres.  First among its range of cars new launches for forthcoming years will be newly revised Scorpio followed by compact SUV which is presently being tested under codename of S101. The carmaker will being construction of this unit after completion of general elections in April 2014 as by then both political conditions and economic conditions will stabilize.

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Mahindra’s research and development facility in Tamil Nadu has been set up at an investment of Rs. 600 crores and has been successful in assisting development of its latest electric car “Halo” which was recently showcased at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi. With signs of revival in India’s passenger car industry Mahindra has also announced launch of new range of vehicles comprising a multi-utility vehicle, compact SUV and a mid sized sports utility vehicle which will all be built under collaboration of its Korean subsidiary SsangYong. To make its products at a quicker pace Mahindra will also develop around five platforms to construct a range of vehicles with varied body types and designs which can be sold in domestic market and also overseas. These platforms will be ready by 2017 and will be partly developed by its research team at Detroit which comprises of a team of 25 engineers.

Mahindra has always laid emphasis on research and innovation therefore has been able to reaffirm position of top SUV by its flagship model Scorpio last year. Even during season of dull sales and depressed demand, its top range of models like Bolero, XUV500, Xylo and Scorpio managed to log sales of 1,11,582 units between Oct 2013 – March 2014 which shows that its utility models hold nearly 26 percent of sports utility vehicles’ domestic market share. With its in-depth understanding of India’s requirements for SUV and MUV models Mahindra is convinced that its next range of utility vehicles will also be equally successful as its models provides value for money. Besides manufacturing passenger cars the firm also understands financial constraints that people face while buying them therefore provides vehicle loans at low interest rates for buyers of its models.

To expand buyer base of its products, Mahindra also exports its cars to several international locations across Asia, Europe and Africa from its production centers in India spread across Pune, Mumbai, Nashik and Punjab. Through its subsidiary SsangYong Mahindra has developed luxury sports utility vehicles in competition with similar type of models launched by BMW, Audi and others which are being sold across China, Thailand, Malaysia etc. The demand for both compact and large sports utility vehicles is growing in both urban and rural markets of India as consumers consider them more versatile and fuel efficient. Even in international markets, compact versions of sedan and utility vehicles have considerably increased due to maneuverability, price and ability to blend in both urban and suburban conditions.

Mahindra First Choice Wheels has inaugurated its fourth store in Indore

Mahindra First Choice Wheels is an eminent used car brand; the company has now opened its fourth store in Indore. It is among the fast expanding used car markets in India, and the current holding capacity of Mahindra First Choice Wheels is 351 outlets all over India and hopes to strengthen its unit range in MP to 21 outlets by end of 2014. The newly opened fourth store was inaugurated by the Senior Vice President in Retail Business sector of Mahindra First Choice Wheels Limited, Yatin Chadha.

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The launch of the fourth store in Madhya Pradesh is the 13th Mahindra First Choice Wheels dealership in Madhya Pradesh. In Indore itself there are four units, used or second hand car market is a fast moving market today, and the average network of used car market in the state of Madhya Pradesh alone is 6000 cars. Indore is hence a robust base for second hand car sector, and Mahindra First Choice Wheels will work with Gujarat Motors, an established dealership in Indore.

Mahindra First Choice Wheels has expanded its used car business in Madhya Pradesh. Its turnover is 13 dealership units scattered in eight cities, and the future aim to strengthen the output capacity to 21 dealerships. The prime areas of focus are Satna, Narsimhapur, Sagar, Khandwa, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Bhopal. The used car market is growing at a rapid pace; the growth output of Mahindra First Choice Wheels in Financial Year 14 was a massive 30%, an increase from FY13. The company has its units in 208 towns, out of which 64 towns have more than a single outlet. The B2B auction volume of the company increased to more than 50%, and 60 sellers were involved, who sold 10,000 vehicles to whole sale buyers. Mahindra First Choice Wheels enjoys robust stream of networks between inspection services, wholesale and retail, and among the huge network of operations the company managed to conduct 1,50,000 transactions.

Mahindra First Choice Wheels has contributed to a steep growth of used car market. The second hand car market is big business, and 30% growth output in Financial Year 14 is phenomenal, especially amidst the constrained car economy circumstances. A majority of Indians opt for second hand cars, because the cars are sold with the same radiating effect as brand new cars.

Second hand car market is on par with new car segment in terms of profitability, and during the current adverse recession period, used cars would appear to be a more practical option for some. Fuel and commodity prices have risen like never before and Mahindra First Choice Wheels has given a sense of hope to those who are not keen to zero in on new cars. The company has now set up its fourth unit in Indore, and has a strong used car network in Madhya Pradesh. With the way the company is expanding its output and operating capacity, the used car market will become a huge online business sector in the near future.

Those who are keen on used cars, Mahindra First Choice Wheels is a good option to consider.

Spy images of XUV500 automatic emerge on the web

Mahindra, an Indian based auto biggie has brought in enormous power with its class SUV series. Some of its eminent SUV models are Xylo, Bolero, Scorpio and XUV500. On the thought of Mahindra SUV’s, a car that will pop up is XUV500, and spy images of the new automatic XUV500 have emerged. The company is at the moment conducting various clinical trials on the car, and the launch is expected to happen sometime in 2015.

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The new automatic XUV500 will be built on joint collaboration basis of Mahindra and Ssangyong. Once developed Ssangyong will use a new automatic engine for its new SUV project, also set to launch in 2015. Mahindra has not experimented too much with its automatic gearbox, and Scorpio is the only car to run on automatic gearbox. Mahindra has injected the automatic Scorpio with potent transmission equipments, and the components were manufactured at Drivertrain Systems International (DSI) unit of Bosch.

XUV500 is among Mahindra’s super powerful model, the design of the car is inspired by the swift movement of Cheetah. It is one of the popular cars driven at Mahindra’s competitive race event called Great Escape. The XUV500 automatic will move on turbo diesel 2.2 liter engine and will pump out peak torque and power outputs of 330Nm and 140bhp. According to the buzz, Mahindra might bring in a (AMT) Automated Manual Transmission XUV500 as well. The company has already experimented with AMT drive train in Quanto, and the car was revealed to the public in grand style at 2014 Indian auto expo.

Mahindra is a leader in SUV segment, and is a source of inspiration for the influx of new SUV’s over the past few years. XUV500 looks incredibly stylish and sporty, and the rough terrain effect is visible on the neatly styled vertical grille and rectangular headlights with double reflectors. The spy pictures displayed on the web portrays the rear and side section of the car.

Driving the automatic XUV500 will be lots of fun, consumers can encounter greater thrills with a speedier drive. It is interesting to learn that Mahindra might bring in the AMT XUV500, and an AMT Quanto is in the pipeline. Transmission technology has progressed like never before, and automatic and AMT technologies have taken the center stage. Driving an automatic car brings in greater flexibility, but the technology has not progressed to a considerable level although it sounds high tech. After the outpouring success of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, AMT cars have become the latest talk of the town. Mahindra has incorporated grand surprises into its AMT Quanto, besides the AMT transmission; there is another source of excitement which is the fitment of yoga seats. The insertion of AMT transmission in XUV500 is equally thrilling.

The competition in SUV car market has intensified to the brim, XUV500 automatic and AMT will have a string of arch rivals like Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Taigun, Renault Duster and many others. Mahindra SUV’s are however hard to beat, evident with the phenomenal sales contributed by Bolero and Scorpio, and the two cars have out beaten Renault Duster.

Mahindra & Mahindra defers price hikes

As the Indian car market is still under the effect of the massive and long stretched market slowdown, most of the car makers have deferred from their planned price hikes that were to take place in April. The Indian SUV leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has also deferred price hike, considering the situation.

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Most of the car makers in India had plans to hike up the prices for their entire product portfolio with mild increases. The car makers in India are still facing trouble with the increased production cost due to the rise in components price. The interim budget in February provided a much needed relief to the car makers in India by slashing down the excise duty rates in order to help the car companies deal with the slowdown. This resulted in the car makers reduce prices to lure in more customers. However, soon there were reports that most of the car majors are again going to increase their products prices to cope with the increased input costs. Indian home grown car major was also among these companies. It had also revealed that it is definitely planning a price hike from the beginning of April but the rise will be kept mild.

Moreover, traditionally all car companies usually hike the prices by a marginal 1 to 3 percent at the beginning of a new financial year in order to help their profit margins from the beginning. In March, Mahindra & Mahindra along with its other fellow car makers in India including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Renault had said that they are planning to increase the prices of their cars from this month. However, considering the still low demands in the market, none of these companies have hiked up car prices. This is of course in exception with Honda Cars India, which has already raised the prices of its newly launched City.

The general director of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Vishnu Mathur said that the auto makers are definitely under cost pressures but the Indian auto industry is not in a position to have a price increase right now owing to the dampened market conditions and low demands. He added that the year 2013 was the toughest for the auto industry and nobody had a clue about any impending growth. The last fiscal started with a growth prediction of 3-5 percent due to bad sales rates in the 2012-13 fiscal, but the industry ended up with a 6 percent decline. In this uncertain period a price hike is not at all recommended.

Thus, Mahindra & Mahindra and the other car makers including Indian market leader Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai India, Toyota Kirloskar have confirmed that they have not increased car prices. On the other hand, Honda can make do with the price increase, as it has been witnessing incredulous growth even in the darkest period of the market slowdown.

Mahindra is hopeful that its situation will improve, as it expects year 2014 to boost SUV demands.

Mahindra & Mahindra to launch XUV500 W4 variant in Nepal

Mahindra & Mahindra’s sole authorized distributor in Nepal, Agni Incorporated is all geared up to launch the new ‘W4’ base model of the premium XUV500 SUV. Mahindra has already launched the XUV500 W4 entry level model in India, which is aimed at reaching a larger range of customers with its more affordable pricing. The new XUV500 W4 base variant with its same up-market look and feel of the premium SUV along with a lowered price tag is expected to boost the popularity of the Mahindra flagship model in Nepal.

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The XUV500 W4 base model offers the same alluring visual appeal of the XUV500’s other trim models. The W4 also does not compromise on any of the quality or performance aspects of the high-end vehicle. The comfort and the convenience perspectives are also the same in the W4 to make its owners feel proud of owning it. It is packed to the full with a range of world class technology, comfort and safety and features along with a more affordable pricing in order to compel the Nepali SUV lovers to go for the superb XUV500.

Indeed, in order to slash down its pricing as compared to the higher W6 variant, Mahindra & Mahindra had to cut down on a number of premium features from the now entry level W4 variant. The Mahindra XUV500 W4 model thus does not get the steering wheel mounted control buttons for the audio system or the cruise control. In the model trim’s center console a small display is placed to offer the basic information needed in the place of a large 6 inch screen that is found on the previous base model W6.

On the whole, the more affordable new XUV500 W4 variant gives a miss to the premium features that includes the large infotainment screen, the driver’s information system, the DVD player, tyre pressure monitoring system, the superb climate control system, steering wheel mounted audio control buttons and cruise control in the cabin of the vehicle. While on the exterior, the W4 also gives a miss to the great automatic headlights, the front fog lights and the rain sensing automatic wipers found on the W6.

However, the XUV500 W4 model keeps the SUV’s quality, performance, safety and all basic convenience features intact. It is powered by a same 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine generating 140bhp of power and 330Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission. The cheetah inspired premium SUV from the Indian SUV leader Mahindra also offers great features such as stylish projector headlights with LED, tilt adjusting power steering wheel, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and sophisticated dual tone interiors.

The XUV500 W4 also offer a range of great safety features such as dual airbags, ABS, disc brakes for all 4 wheels, side impact beams and crash protection with crumple zones.

The W4 will be tagged at 47.5 lakhs Nepali currency and is expected to be as popular in Nepal as in India.