The Indian UV market leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has many top SUVs under its sleeve. Its premium flagship model, the XUV500 is now three years old in the market and the company is thinking to give it a facelift in order to keep its charms intact for the customers, and to boost its sales going ahead. In an interview with a reputed Indian automotive portal, Mahindra & Mahindra’s Chief Executive of the Automotive Division, Mr. Pravin Shah said that the media will get to know about the new facelift version of the XUV500, as the company goes ahead with it, but he can’t actually give a particular timeframe for it right now.
Mr. Shah has also revealed the fact that the Indian SUV major is also busy working on an automatic transmission for the XUV500, and the company will launch the new AT variant of the SUV in the Indian car market, as and when it is ready.
In the mean time, Mahindra & Mahindra is also busy working on several green projects keeping in mind the global distress with rising pollution levels. One of these new green initiatives from the house of Mahindra & Mahindra is the hybrid concept of the XUV500 premium SUV that the company had showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo earlier this year. This hybrid version of the popular XUV500 SUV is the first diesel hybrid model in the world and earned a lot of appreciation and interest from the audience at the auto event. This great hybrid SUV concept model was displayed by Mahindra with a semi-transparent hood in order to offer a closer look at the vehicle’s under the hood mechanical specification and the advanced technology that went into its making. The XUV500 hybrid version was expected to launch next year when it was unveiled in February this year, and now the company is also confirming the same.
Mr. Shah has also confirmed that Mahindra & Mahindra is also building the hybrid variant of the XUV500 that was showcased along with its promised 18 percent enhanced fuel efficiency.
When Shah was asked specifically to ask about the XUV500 Hybrid’s market launch and its possibility to happen in the next year itself, he said that off course the XUV500 diesel hybrid version will be launched in the market soon. One of the philosophies of Mahindra & Mahindra is that the company does not work on only concept models that the company is not sure of launching in the future. Mahindra definitely does not showcase any concept model if it is not a planned future product of the company. Thus, the XUV500 Hybrid version will also be launched commercially in the market place for sure.
Thus, the Mahindra XUV500 fans who love its boisterous design and its massive size get ready to get some serious action from this premium SUV soon. The XUV500 is surely coming in new avatars to refresh its charm.