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2015 Mahindra XUV500 and 2015 Tata Safari Storme

With the increasing desire to buy bigger and powerful machines has led to the gradual increase in the level of competition amongst SUV in India. SUVs have become quite popular and most wanted amongst the individuals of age group in late 20s and 30s who are no more interested in buying a small family car or even a sedan.

2015 Mahindra XUV500

Although there is a huge demand for SUVs in the market, the car makers are finding it bit difficult to manufacture these vehicles with enhanced performance while keeping the mileage intact. This has given rise to a new segment of vehicles called ‘Mini SUVs’ to deal with this issue.

Here we are going to analyze Mahindra XUV500 with Tata Safari Storme in terms of performance, features, pricing and many more.

The Mahindra XUV 500 has already gained admiration in the Indian market with its precision styling, impressive looks featured with heavy wheel arches and a enormous bumper. Gaining its inspiration from the Indian “Cheetah” this SUV surely remains at top with its unique elements including design. Tata Safari Storme, created a buzz in the domain of SUVs when it was first revealed in 2012. This SUV, with its big size and power, was the actual SUV of India.

The looks and the design of Mahindra XUV500 is accurately proportioned still the details are not so clear and overall build quality is affected. It is available with various features specifically in its top end W8 model and currently spotted Sportz models. It comes with a 2.2 litre engine with a capacity to generate 140 BHP and with 6-speed manual transmission option.

Tata Safari has been on the Indian roads for quite some time now, over 17 years. The new Storme, although old, has been worked upon by Tata in the areas of exterior shape and design where it still resembles the old one. Storme is a completely new offering by Tata as it is been based on the smaller version of the tubular frame chassis. It is available with a powerful 2.2 litre DiCor turbo diesel engine that is capable to churn out approximately 140BHP and torque of 320 NM. Its top variants are quite good.

Tata Safari Storme Explorer

Analysis on the basis of Performance

As a known fact, Mahindra XUV 500 is having a 4 cylinder, 2.2 litre “mHAWK” turbo diesel motor which can generate a power of 140 BHP and 330 Nm. This car assures a fuel efficiency of over 15.1 Kmpl as per the figures quoted by ARAI and this is a significant for any car of this size.

Tata Safari Storme, having an enormous body weighing 2.650 Kg delivers 13.6 kmpl. It is fitted with a 2.2 litre VariCOR diesel engine that generates maximum of 140 PS power and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.

Analysis of the Dynamics

The Mahindra XUV 500 is quite comfortable for a slow drive since with the alteration in speed, it begins to lose its balance causing loads of vertical movements. It fails to give comfort on the sharp bumpers as they are felt inside the car also.

On the other hand, Safari Storme maintains its composure even on the bends and in spite of its large size it manages to ensure optimum comfort on steep bends as well.

XUV500 Image Source: Team-Bhp

The true way for a man to travel: The Top-Open Jeep

The fancy cars are every gentleman’s toy. The car you drive is directly related to your machismo and the one car that satisfies ones machismo and is a great car to drive, the open top jeep.  This is the car that combines comfort and the freedom that you feel with the wind in your face and hair is only matched by riding a motorcycle.

Dilpreet Hundal Jeep

This machine gives the driver the feeling of being free and open in nature and someone who wouldn’t trouble you unless you go out looking for trouble. This car is a head turner as it is unique and is rare that you don’t see enough of it on the streets. To all those who own one, this machine screams machismo, and makes those who don’t own one want one. If you own a jeep, you become attached to it as you would any other car, but not as much as Dilpreet Hundal, a singer from Mohali. The man is so attached to his car that he scratched on the words epitaph on it and would like to be buried in the ground with his jeep as it has been with him through all the ups and downs that life throws at you.

The high end and jazzy cars are ‘in’ right now, but when it comes to standing apart from the masses, it is advantageous to have a car that will do it for you. There is a kind of pride attached to the car and even with a fancy car in the garage, it gives the men who drive it a sense of style and that come with driving a jeep.

People from all walks of life are buying an open top jeep, from musicians and businessmen to farmers. It holds a kind of irresistible charm that makes it desirable to many people. The two major competitors of this industry are the Mahindra Thar and the Maruti Gypsy and it is the modifications that are there on the cars, is what makes driving such a car such a thrill.

There is a difference between the jeep, SUV and the newly minted MUV and the difference is that the other two are types of vehicles and the jeep is a company. The Jeep is the trademark of the Chrysler Group. You can’t discount the jeep just because you don’t drive one. The liberating feeling that you get when you drive a jeep top down; there is no feeling like that in any other car that you drive. Many people have made a number of modifications to their jeeps to update the old look. For e.g. a man named Ajay Pathania, a tyre dealer in Mohali has spent close to 7 lakh to modify an old military gypsy.

This type of car has a romantic affair with Punjab as many people here buy this type of car and it is prominently featured in films and music videos in Punjab. Many celebrities like Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan have also driven jeeps. Probable one of the most iconic moments in a jeep will be Rajesh Khanna chasing Sharmila Tagore singing “Mere Sapno ki Rani ka aayegi tu!!”

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Mahindra Scorpio 2014 outsells most other cars in its segment

When the name Mahindra Scorpio come up in a conversation about cars and SUV’s it is always been mentioned in a positive light. This has been one of the best successes of the company and one of the success stories from the SUV world. This car has made the company, Mahindra & Mahindra a name that is associated with durability and reliability. Mahindra & Mahindra have sold over 50000 units of the Scorpio have been sold in the last 3 years and thanks to the newer edition of the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio, the sales of this car have skyrocketed with 6060 units of the car being sold in the same month that it was launched i.e. September 2014. These sales figures were a great barometer to gauge the popularity of the car and the trust that the consumers have in the company.

new scorpio

The first generation of the Mahindra Scorpio was a great seller and laid the foundation for the company in the SUV market. Owing to the popularity of the car, many other car manufacturing companies came out of the wood work to make cars to challenge the Scorpio, and for a little while, the tactic worked. The car companies made a dent in the sales of the Scorpio; alas it was not for long. When Mahindra had announced the arrival of the newest generation of the Scorpio the market was buzzing with mentions all around in anticipation of the car. Mahindra came out with the new edition of the car in 2014 to bring back the popularity and the grip that the Scorpio had on the SUV market. Mahindra have always had a great consumer base in India with most of the cars in their sedan and SUV segment doing well when it comes to sales and almost always getting great reviews with its cars.

The car has been designed to look and feel like a beast on the road with fangs of steel and fiery eyes. The entire exterior of the car has gone through a lot of changes to make it look leaner and more dynamic than its predecessor. All the lighting fixtures of the car have been stylized and there are dual projector headlamps and LED lamps to make it easier to drive in less than ideal conditions. The interiors of the car are equally impressive with a dual tone dashboard, contemporary interiors with dual tone upholstery to give it a cabin experience. The sporty steering wheel has the important audio and cruise control buttons which makes the driver concentrate on what is in front and not have to take the eyes off the road for any reason. The intricate instrument cluster on the dashboard gives it a futuristic look with all the major indicators being lit up and having a digital system

The sales of the Mahindra Scorpio have set company records in India, but it has a lot of good reviews in many international markets like Chile, South Africa, Australia and others. The good reviews and the quality product that Mahindra has come out with, the company is optimistic that it will do well and the sales will reflect it.

3 custom modified Mahindra XUV models

The Mahindra XUV500 is one of the most anticipated car models that is about to launch in the market. Mahindra has had a good track record with SUVs and this one is expected to be their best one yet. This car has so much potential that a number of people have made some modifications to the car so as to make it shine and give it a great look for those nuts who like making modifications to their cars and make it look as unique as possible.

Mahindra XUV500 DC Lounge edition exteriors

The first modified Mahindra XUV500 has had modifications done on it by one of the best car designers of India, Dilip Chhabria or more affectionately known as DC. He has made a number of breathtaking modifications to make it the epitome of luxury on four wheels. He has brought out a unique blend of craftsmanship which can make the original manufacturers jealous and possibly want to make their own. This car can also be called the Mahindra XUV Lounge Edition as it is a car and a lounge all rolled into one. The exterior of the car has been spruced up with modified grille and bumpers. The second and third row of seats have been removed and replaced with two luxurious lounge chairs each which is 24’’ in size and has electronic controls for adjustment. On the seats in front of those huge chairs you have a 10.4’’ LCD screen which has a DVD player and a host of other entertainment options.

Mahindra XUV500 Intrepid

The second modified Mahindra XUV has had modifications done on it by Zubair Abdulla of “Hot Zone Racing Technology”. He has previously made waves at the MOC Custom Car Show in Bangalore thanks to the Mahindra XUV500 or how he likes to call it Mahindra INtrepid. He has made this car the ultimate off-road car by amassing in every possible off-road assist accessory/equipment that is there in the market. The exterior of the car is also filled with LED & Halogen light kits in every part of the car. The paint job on the car has a complete matte black exterior with orange headlights with a completely redesigned front grille, large air scoops, a fancy overhead air intake and other such extensive modifications. The designer has spent a bomb just to modify this car and make it look even more intimidating than the original which was an impressive task.

Mahindra XUV500 Crossover Cheetah

The third and final modification has been done by the in-house customization department at Mahindra and they call themselves Mahindra Customizations. The team at Mahindra Customizations has taken clear inspiration from the fastest animal on earth, the cheetah and they wanted to emphasize their inspiration and have chosen to repaint the car with a golden yellow paint and have added the image of a cheetah and make it look fiercer. They have taken advantage of the bulge on the rear wheel arches that already gives it the cat like look. Black spots have been painted all over to further enforce that look. If you still don’t realize that it is a cheetah, they have painted the face of an angry looking cheetah on the hood.

Mahindra is all set to launch its new compact SUV codenamed Mahindra S101

The Indian automaker, Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch two new additions to its product line in the Indian market by mid-2015. The first one, which Mahindra has code-named Mahindra S101 is currently in the road testing phase and has been spotted around the country. This car is all set to go on sale by mid-2015 and is all ready to make its mark on the country.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

It has already been positioned in the market below the Mahindra Quanto SUV. The segment of the market it will enter already has it against stiff competition that already has carved out a niche in the market. The competition in the market is in the form of Ford EcoSport, and upcoming compact SUV’s from cars like the Maruti XA Alpha and the Tata Nexon. This car is set to have a lot of competition as t is also being positioned against the B-segment hatchbacks. B-segment hatchbacks are vehicles that are no longer than 4.5 m in length but have engines over 1600 ccs. In India it resides in the category of A3 (based on the size of the car).

The S101 will have similarities from a fellow new car, the Mahindra XUV500. This car also has a lot of good press riding behind it. Because of the stylistic similarities between the two cars, the S101 also has another nickname, the Mahindra XUV300. Based on the new look, this Micro SUV will offer seating to 6 people with a 3+3 seating layout. The front seat will have a bench like layout to increase the seating and make it seem bigger. As it is a micro SUV and there is seating for 6 people, and to create space, the gearbox has been positioned on the dashboard. Despite the small space, it will have a number of features such as an infotainment system with a touch screen, the air-conditioning unit has been placed in a vertical sequence at the bottom, a multi-functional steering wheel which will have four spokes and will contain audio-controls, automatic climate control, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.

The Mahindra S101/XUV300 will be getting a new 1.2 litre diesel engine, but some rumors suggest that it will be getting a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, the same one that currently powers the Mahindra Quanto. The 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder engine which has been made in conjunction with the company’s Korean subsidiary named SsangYong. The engine is basically meant to be a stripped down version the engine that is currently outfitted in most of the Mahindra cars. It is interesting to note that the micro SUV will have both a manual and an automatic transmission which is rare for this type of car. This car has been rumored to be extremely fuel efficient as reports suggest that it gets approximately 23 kmpl. This car is also rumored to be the second car of Mahindra to have a monocoque chassis and traversal engine packaging.

If all these great features aren’t getting you excited for this car, then nothing will. Mahindra & Mahindra has put a lot of time and effort into making this car a success and they hope that it will o\do well in the market.

Mahindra is trying to fix the fuel efficiency problem in their car

Mahindra is all set to launch its new and improved SUV, the Mahindra Bolero U301. The car has been spotted a number of times on the road and off the road being tested for the road and the market. There are a number of new features in the interior and exterior that includes a new body kit, to modernize the look and make it look more current for the market and the people.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

The new Mahindra Bolero U301 has been outfitted with a new top of the line 3 cylinders 1.5 litre ZLX variant turbo charged diesel engine. There are small modifications added to the engine so that more torque is added and it betters the fuel efficiency. The engine is similar to that of the Mahindra Quanto, and the highlight of that particular car was the fuel efficiency. The engine churns out 100Ps of power and 240 NM of torque with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) gearbox.

The exteriors of the car have also been upgraded with the body kit that has been added to it gives it a boxy look. The front grille of the car has been borrowed from the new Mahindra XUV500 and other such similarities can be found within in the exteriors as most of those elements have been taken from the other models of Mahindra. While the exteriors of the car may have been borrowed from other cars, the interior has been made to look more modern and premium with a long list of features.

The new Bolero SUV had a dual toned black and beige dashboard with a hint of silver and chrome accents on the AC vents and centre console. The steering wheel has three spokes and the buttons that control the music are placed there for convenience. The central air vents and stereo have been designed into a polygonal console and along with the USB and the AUX-in ports, there is a 12V socket with which you can charge your mobile phones or gadgets. The top-end U301 will be getting rear A/C vents and dual front airbag deployment.

But with all the positives for the company, there are a few negatives such as the problems with fuel efficiency that the manufacturer is trying to fix. Mahindra has tried to set the benchmark for all cars in their segment. The manufacturers are trying to match the efficiency of the Mahindra Quanto which was around 17.2 kmpl. This is a tall order to match because of it was the best in the industry for this type of car at the time it was launched. The engineers are attempting to fix the problem by making small but significant alterations to the car’s gear ratios, the turbo and the cooling pumps that are tweaking the onboard computer (ECU).

Mahindra is trying to launch three new SUV’s in India to challenge the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and other cars such as the Tata Sumo, Chevrolet Tavera and the Tata Movus. The Mahindra Bolero U301 will be priced around Rs. 6-8 lakh and will hit the market in the latter part of the year.

Mahindra Bolero tops the list in the SUV segment

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., one of the India’s leading SUV makers, has plans to introduce new Bolero in the SUV (sports utility vehicle) segment, at the moment Bolero has managed to top the list of India’s best SUV. It has retained its position for nine consecutive years. Bolero is counted amongst the toughest and ruggedly built SUV and is also the highest selling and highly demanded SUV since the fiscal year 2007.

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

For almost four continued years, Mahindra has sold around 1 lac Bolero during the year 2015. Moreover, Mahindra Bolero has bagged the fifth position in the list of top selling passenger vehicles in the country in the same year. What is worth noting is that this Bolero has become the only SUV to be counted amongst the bestselling passenger vehicle list in India. As per Mahindra, it is regarded as the fifth highest selling vehicle in our country.

Appreciating the efforts, President and Chief Executive, Pravin Shah of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd was reported saying that the fact that more than 100,000 units of Bolero in 2015 were sold and it has maintained its No.1 position of SUV is because of the immense trust and confidence that consumers have in our brand. With progressing time, there have been updates in Bolero and it has successfully matched with the changing trends of the market. It is expected that the Bolero will remain the preferred choice of the consumers in the years to come.

According to the company, the success is attributed to its rugged build and powerful engine of 63PS which generates immense power and a torque of 195 Nm. But what exactly is the factor that has made Boelro a big success in the SUV segment of the Indian market? Besides, its current price range, between Rs 5, 27,000-6, 67,000, Mahindra & Mahindra has worked on a strategy for the brand positioning in the market. This has categorized Bolero as a sturdy sports utility vehicle and not a tourist car.

Chief Executive of Automotive division, M&M Ltd., said that they have been very careful while the car’s positioning as they never wanted Bolero to fall in the category of tourist vehicles. And he also added that the entire concept was to promote it as a personal SUV with style and status.

An Analysis of the Bolero Sales

Mahindra & Mahindra, a domestic SUV major company, was quoted saying that its SUV bolero has successfully crossed the sales by one-lakh by the last financial year. With progressive sales of 1,00,686 Bolero units in the last year as compared with 83,112 units in the fiscal 2010-11, the Mahindra Bolero car has witnessed the highest annual sales since the beginning, as said in the company’s press release.

This vehicle was first launched in August 2000 and since then Mahindra Bolero has undergone various up gradations and new versions have been introduced. These new variants included changes in engine, exterior facelift as well as interiors, since September. With improved features and increasing demands, Bolero managed to achieve the highest monthly sales in March at 10,026 units.

Jump in Car Sales Number in April: Mahindra & Mahindra

Mahindra & Mahindra has seen buoyant growth in the month of April which has given immense confidence to the investors and customers alike. The shares of Mahindra & Mahindra have been on surge and have resulted in sound sales numbers. Also, the sale of passenger vehicles from Mahindra & Mahindra went up in comparison to last year.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

It has been reported that the shares of Mahindra and Mahindra rose over 4 percent to hit intraday of approximately Rs. 1,194 post the company’s spectacular car sales in the month of April. The car sale for the entire month increased 1 percent with 36, 727 units and in the same time previous year, the company had reportedly sold around 36,288 units, as mentioned in a press release.

The Mahindra and Mahindra sales in the domestic market were seen up by 1 percent with 34,467 units previous month as compared with 34,107 units in the same month a year ago. On the other hand, the exports were significantly up by 4 percent with 2,260 units in comparison to 2,181 units in the same month last year. Moreover, the approximate sale of the popular passenger vehicles including XUV 500, Scorpio, Bolero, Xylo and Verito was up by 1 percent with 18,314 units against 18,148 units in the month of April, last year. This shows that the newer models have been able to maintain the interest going in the minds of customer and hence, the sustained sales growth.

In response to the positive sales figures, there was a surge in the demand of Mahindra & Mahindra shares and the stocks rocketed up to Rs. 1913 at around 12.30 pm. The stock also performed very well with respect to nifty which went up to 1.4 percent. It is expected that this will re-enforce the faith of the investors and customers alike and Mahindra & Mahindra will continue post good sales figures by rolling out new models in next few quarters. The announcements of next generation models of passenger vehicles from Mahindra & Mahindra have again reassured its customers that the company is committed to the continued innovation and manufacturing customer-centric vehicles.

Mumbai: Maruti Suzuki was reported to witness a profit of 8 percent whereas Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. incredibly rose to 3.74 percent. It lagged behind the competing top four companies in the segment of passenger cars that have already topped the list by registering double-digit voluminous growth in the month of April.

A sudden increase in the shares of the new buyers along with the narrowed gap between diesel and petrol fuel prices helped the segment of Maruti’s mini car to register a growth of 36 percent, as mentioned by Jefferies Llc. This growth has definitely proved to be a boost for Maruti and has re-established its brand value. Jefferies LIc is a renowned American global investment bank as well as an institutional securities firm. The firm also observed that the given moderating cost of ownership encouraged the first time buyers for making purchases.

The new Mahindra’s S101 SUV is tipped to have 1.2L petrol and diesel engines

While performing test runs, Mahindra’s approaching new compact utility motor vehicle namely S101 has been caught on camera. This vehicle is going to be made available in 1.2L petrol as well as diesel engines in the market.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

There have been rumors in the industry about the probable power-trains of S101 in the recent past. We have worked on the report which says that a completely new petrol engine is under process for this particular vehicle. However, as per the current status, few sources confirm that Mahindra is likely to incorporate a new 1.2 liter, diesel engine and 3-cylinder petrol engine to its S101. These motors are considered to generate a peak power of 80 BHP and are specifically derived from a 1.6 Liter, 4-cylinder SsangYong units, powering the Tivoli. Besides, it is also mentioned in the report that the diesel unit will be combined with automated manual transmission as well as with a 5-speed manual.

In our previous report, it was stated that this compact utility vehicle will be having a seating configuration of 3+3 along with a dash mounted gear lever, amongst other features.

The failure of Quanto has urged the Mahindra to bring forth a more serious and feasible option to compete with Ford EcoSport and other running ‘cross’ vehicles including the Maruti’s new upcoming YBA.

Mahindra, the Indian automaker, is planning to reveal the new S101 compact SUV variant in the Indian car market in the coming year. With its new S101, Mahindra plans to choose the B-segment’s hatchback cars. The all new S101 SUV will be available in both turbo diesel fuel and petrol engine options according to the media reports.

It is also believed that the gasoline version of this SUV would be provided with a completely new 1.2-liter unit, developed by the joint venture, Mahindra-SsangYong. As per the current trends, it is understood that there is a considerable rise in the demand of the petrol cars. This is all because of the difference in prices between diesel and petrol fuels. Bringing forth more and more petrol driven vehicles in the market with the growing demands will enable the company to make more profits.

The turbo diesel engine would technically be the 1.5 liter 3 cylinder motor that is the source of power even in the Quanto compact vehicle. This engine possesses the capacity to generate, maximum power of 98.6 BHP and 240 Nm torque. However, it is possible that the company might adjust the engine to ensure more efficiency and better performance. The feature of front wheel drive layout along with five speed manual transmission will likely be fixed and standard in both the diesel and petrol engine. The S101 SUV will have body on frame or monocoque body construction alike other SUVs in the Indian market. This will, according to the company, will enhance the fuel efficiency of the vehicle.

Black tailgate applique from the Mahindra Scorpio has been finally removed

It appears that Mahindra has considered customer’s feedback and comments and decided to drop the black appliqué from the Scorpio’s tailgate. The team at BHP in an official review has suggested that the black appliqué at tailgate might not be accepted by everyone and it definitely was not our choice either. Now, considering the feedback, Mahindra has coloured it instead of black appliqué of the tailgate. Initially, the appliqué of number plate was silver which exhibited a distinct look to the rear of the car. Now, it has been transformed to black from silver and this time also to add some contrast to the car’s tailgate. This change has been made in all the models with almost all the body covers that are available. Besides, this no other variation in the SUV has been made in the Scorpio. It continues to have the black with chrome grille at the front as well as some of the updated features and improved mechanicals.

new scorpio

The new SUV of Mahindra which arrived last year was appreciated for the improvements that proved it as a much better variant over others. While the SUV won remarkable accolades, the masses did not like the wide plastic panels on the tailgate.

The new SUV of Mahindra, Scorpio was introduced in the market in September 25, 2014 and since then has been averaging around 4,800 units per month. The new Scorpio is the third generation model which is built on a completely new platform. This new chassis might also form the basis for upcoming vehicles from Mahindra. The new Scorpio also has been plastered with numerous badges all over its body to make it look more stylish. Each of components in the new Scorpio is new except the doors which have been carried over from the older version. The new Scorpio, even though with its disliked number-plate applique, looks stylish due its accentuated body design and new grill.  A new model with an automatic gearbox is possibly going to be launched soon which will meet the requirements of buyers who look forward to have a body-on-frame diesel AT SUV but are not inclined towards spending 20 Lakh rupees on Toyoto Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero or any other high priced SUV.

Power wise, this new Mahindra Scorpio utilizes 2.2 litres turbo diesel engine which generates power of 120BHp and torque of 280 Nm. This SUV is featured with rear wheels drive as well as all-wheel drive options. The manufacturers in India can effectively retails almost 5000 units of Mahindra SUV in a month which is an update for the new buyers. Mahindra is also speculating to add on new features in Scorpio in this year.

In conclusion, the new Scorpio with its flashy make-over is a tribute to the older version. It looks more modern and has new stronger chassis which has made ride even smoother. The new Scorpio is more of an upgrade than a generational change. The verdict is that the new Scorpio is high on looks and feel but it has retained the strengths of the outgoing model.