Category: XUV500

Can Tata Hexa overpower the long-term success outcome of Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra an established Indian automobile manufacturer and a pioneer of the sport utility vehicle segment rose to fame with the launch of XUV500 way back in 2011 September. Even today the car continues to remain popular and it is a dream come true vehicle for the adventure car enthusiast. The competition power of the SUV segment is only getting more and more intense evident by the launch of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Honda BR-V.

Tata Hexa Concept

Tata Motors too has explored the depth of SUV market and the popular cars in this category is Tata Sumo Gold and Tata Safari. The company is now working on Hexa SUV and it is among the most desirable upcoming launches and a hot topic of discussion is whether Tata Motors will induce incredible power and magic in the vehicle sufficient enough to overpower the long-term success of Mahindra XUV500, or will Mahindra XUV500 be easily overshadowed by Tata Hexa? Let us compare the two cars and find out.

Mahindra XUV500:

Design:

Mahindra XUV500 sports a typical SUV design, the exterior styling is magnificent and creative, the headlights look classy and neat and the grille looks menacingly sporty. The lower bumper, bonnet and wheel arches look spectacular as well, so does the tail lights. The design inspiration of the XUV500 stems from the rapid movement of the Cheetah and Mahindra has incorporated this concept marvelously into XUV500.

Tata Hexa:

Tata Motors is highly proficient in the SUV styling department visible on Tata Safari and Tata Sumo Gold, and now how does the Hexa look. It looks amazing at first sight, a true representation of a masculine, burly SUV. The features that accentuate the spectacular nature of the vehicle are stunning body cladding, huge wheel arches, spectacular large bonnet and trendy skid plates.

Interior:

The interior of XUV500 is amazing, step inside and you will be awe-struck by the vibrant grey and black color theme. There is loads of interior room and the stunning features that makes driving the car enjoyable is a magnificent seven-inch touchscreen, world-class in-built DIS infotainment system, power windows, glove box with laptop holder, follow me home headlights, remote central locking and many other convenient features.

Tata Hexa is amazingly feature loaded as well, with marvelous touchscreen infotainment system, leather covered seats, automatic climate control, first-class 3-spoke Harman multifunctional steering wheel, LED ambient lights in cabin and so on.

2015 Mahindra XUV500

Safety:

Mahindra XUV500 is a safe car to drive, it is packed with adequate security fittings to ensure optimum occupant protection. It has reverse camera with reverse parking sensors, hill hold control, hill descent control, ABS with ESC and EBD and six airbags.

Tata Motors is engineering Hexa with high-end safety to make sure consumers feel extremely safe, less tense and comfortable. It has terrain response system, hill hold control, hill descent control, ABS with EBD and six airbags.

Engine:

The XUV500 is engineered with a powerful 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine that generates 140bhp and 400Nm. The Hexa will be powered with a 2.2-liter VariCor diesel powertrain that churns 330Nm and 154bhp.

Price:

The price range of XUV500 is Rs 11.5 to 17.3 lakhs and the expected price range of Hexa is Rs 12.2 to 18 lakh.

It is difficult to decide which car is better XUV500 or Hexa, both cars are equally wonderful with regard to exterior styling creativity, interior luxury and convenience, engine power and value for money. Will Hexa become more popular than XUV500? We will have to wait and watch.

Battle between two spectacular utility vehicles Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta

Toyota’s latest MPV launch Innova Crysta has turned out to be a huge hit in India, and it is among the best selling vehicles in India. Toyota has engineered the vehicle to give it a more premium look than the previous Innova, and it has elevated the competition bar of the utility vehicle market. Mahindra has for years been a reputed player of the utility vehicle segment, and nothing can beat the XUV500 from inception in 2011 till now it continues to remain a highly desirable car.

2015 Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors

The XUV500 has been an inspiration for new launches and Innova Crysta is one of them, will the customer preference levels towards Crysta overshadow XUV500. Let us compare the two cars and come to a conclusion.

Mahindra XUV500:

Exterior:

Mahindra XUV500 looks magnificent, a perfect SUV for the ardent sporty car demographic, on the front are creatively styled grille and headlights and the fog lights too look awesome covered in sparkling chrome and neat LED strips. The side profile looks great defined by the neat architecture and trendy seventeen-inch wheels.

The exterior architecture of Crysta looks more premium than Innova the double barrel headlights defines the elegance value of the car and the radiator grille looks amazing too. The side profile looks athletic and funky contributed by huge seventeen-inch wheels, robust shoulder lines and flared wheel arches. The styling of the tail light is one of a kind and looks incredibly modern.

Interiors:

The insides of XUV500 is among the grandest in recent times, the car is heavily featured, it has a stunning seven-inch touchscreen system connected to Mahindra’s pioneering Blue Sense app, and the other amazing features to look forward to are dual tone dashboard, new illuminated scuff plate, new ambient lighting, aluminium pedals and multi-function steering wheel. The seats are covered with premium upholstery and there is loads of storage spaces to tuck in many items.

Toyota Innova Crysta in India

The insides of Innova Crysta is luxurious and is known to be posher than its predecessor, the amazing looking instrument cluster is glossy and emits a stunning blue light. The readability on instrument cluster is great and the touchscreen looks marvelous too. There is ample space inside to sit comfortably and relax and there are ample storage places to fit in all kinds of items.

Engine:

The XUV500 is powered with a potent diesel 2.2-liter mHawk power-train that yields aggressive 330Nm torque and 140bhp power energies and is connected to six-speed transmission and the power is transmitted to front wheels in two-wheel drive car and in four-wheel drive vehicle the power is transferred to all four wheels.

Innova Crysta runs on a potent 2.4-liter diesel engine that generates 343Nm and 147bhp and is connected to 5-speed manual gearbox. There is also a new and innovative 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder engine that releases 360Nm and 174bhp.

Safety:

The XUV500 is packed with advanced safety features ensuring consumers to enjoy a safe drive, it has crumple zones and side impact beams for crash protection, hill descent control and hill hold, electronic stability program with rollover mitigation, side curtain airbags, dual airbags for passenger and driver, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock braking system.

Innova Crysta is engineered with high-tech safety features such as door ajar warning and immobilizer, seat belt warning, clearance and back sonar, back monitor, child restraint system, hill start assist control, vehicle stability control and passenger and driver airbag.

Price:

The XUV500 costs Rs 12 to 18 lakhs and the price range of Innova Crysta is Rs 14 to 21 lakhs.

Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta are great cars to own, but the XUV500 offers more value for money.

Mahindra launches XUV500 facelift in Kenya

Mahindra XUV500 is a dream come true car for ardent SUV enthusiasts, it is a common sight on Indian roads. The esteemed Indian based automobile manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra has engineered the car with a menacing appearance and the design inspiration here stems from quick movement of Cheetah.

Mahindra XUV500 AT

For years a majority of the Indian population just enjoys riding in the XUV500, and since the car is designed on the theme of quick paced movement, Mahindra has launched the XUV500 facelift in Kenya, a country covered in lush forests and muddy slushes. Lucky customers in Kenya can now get a taste of the XUV500 facelift for an initial cost of 3.5 million Kenyan shillings equivalent to INR 23, 14,170. The car is distributed by Simba Corporation’s Xylon Motors.

The Kenyan spec Mahindra XUV500 is sold in two variants W10 AT and W8 AT and both these cars are built with an innovative 2.2 liter VGT mHawk turbocharged engine that generates fierce powers of 330Nm and 138hp and is connected to six-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

So what is different about the current XUV500 facelift compared to earlier models, the car is engineered with a whole lot of new modifications, yet retaining the true identity of the vehicle. The car has re-modified grille, bumper and headlights and on the rear is addition chrome decoration surrounding the license plate. The design of the alloy wheel is new as well, and it looks classier and more sophisticated than the previous car. Step inside and you will experience a more premium atmosphere with amazing and posh new beige upholstery.

For people living in Kenya the XUV500 facelift is a great car to buy, it is perfect for families to explore a life-remembering vacation. The engine power of the car is incredible and it can maneuver smoothly on any terrain from incredibly smooth to extremely rough roads. The car also has remarkable engine capacity to move on narrow roads and slopes, and also on rain clogged lanes.

As mentioned earlier, the XUV500 is extremely popular in India, especially among a group of young vivacious individuals who just enjoy adventure. The new XUV500 facelift is even more wonderful than its predecessors with more intriguing changes on the exterior and interiors. The overall classy outlook of the car is even more intriguing.

The African market is among the favored export destinations for Mahindra, and now the people of Kenya can get to experience the fantastic drive quality of XUV500 facelift. It is a car worth owning at least once in a lifetime. For people in Kenya who are planning a vacation with a bunch of family and friends, the XUV500 facelift is a great purchase. You can just have the time of your life in the vehicle, the positive thrust created by the car will enable you to just have a blast and relax.

Once you step into the car you will be greeted by luxury and homeliness and once you drive, it is going to be the best feeling ever.

Mahindra XUV500 Vs Toyota Innova Crysta

Japanese car major Toyota has recently launched its all new Innova Crysta MPV model in India replacing the old generation Innova that held an iconic position. The Innova Crysta does not actually have any market rivals in the midsized premium MPV segment of India and enjoys an exclusive positioning. However, due to its premium pricing it has quite a few rivals from other segments, one of which is the Mahindra XUV500.

2015 Mahindra XUV500

So, here is a look at how the popular Mahindra XUV500 premium SUV competes with the new second generation Toyota Innova Crysta premium MPV:

Although the XUV500 and the Innova Crysta belong to two different segments, they do have some similar specifications, as they are both essentially premium utility vehicle models after all, and both are all-diesel vehicle models.

Visual appeal

The Toyota Innova Crysta is a true premium MPV. It looks dashing and has a bold new design language that is premium, alluring, bold and sophisticated all at the same time. The Innova Crysta is longer and shorter than the Mahindra XUV500 premium SUV, and offers great space and charming road presence.

On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV500 has a very popular design, although some think its design language is bit over the top. The premium SUV flaunts flamboyant styling and tons of chrome garnish, just the way the Indians like it. The XUV500 is wider than the Innova Crysta, chunky tyres and a massive overall SUV appeal.

Toyota Innova Crysta in India

Engines

The all new Toyota Innova Crysta is offered for sale in two engine choices, namely a 2.4 liter diesel mill and a larger 2.8 liter diesel motor. These new and powerful engines are both more commanding than the Mahindra’s XUV500’s only diesel engine which is a 2.2 liter mHawk 140 unit.

The Innova Crysta’s 2.4 liter engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox, while the larger 2.8 liter engine comes with a skillful 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox.

The XUV500 SUV comes with two transmission gearbox options coupled to the same 2.2 liter diesel unit, namely a 6 speed manual transmission and a 6 speed automatic transmission. The XUV500 is a large SUV model and thus, it also comes with an All Wheel Drive system to offer better off-roading abilities.

Seating arrangement & space

Both the Mahindra XUV500 and the Toyota Innova Crysta come with 7-seater configuration, offering seating capacity across three rows. However, the Innova Crysta also comes with an 8-seater option which comes with the 2nd row captain seats replaced by a 60:40 split-foldable bench-type seat.

Both the vehicles feel luxurious and spacious. The Innova Crysta is more spacious at the rear owing its longer dimensions, while XUV500 is wider making the cabin seem to be roomier. Both offer great space and comfort to the occupants, but the Innova Crysta feels more up-market and really sophisticated.

Features

Both the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra XUV500 are loaded with many premium features including leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, power adjustable driver’s seat, push button start, projector headlamps and much more.

Mahindra & Mahindra to launch top-end XUV500 W10 variant in Australia

Indian utility vehicle manufacturing leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is going to introduce the W10 luxury variant of the Mahindra XUV500 SUV in the car market of Australia. Mahindra & Mahindra is known to be focusing on spreading it footprint in the global car markets in order to make a mark not only as the leading UV maker in India but also as a well known auto brand in the international markets. The decision to launch the Mahindra XUV500 W10 variant in the Australian market is a part of Mahindra’s global expansion plans. However, the W10 variant will not be the first model of the XUV500 SUV to be available in Australia, as the XUV500 W8 variant is already available for sale there.

2015 Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors

Mahindra & Mahindra’s Australian counterpart, Mahindra Automotive Australia has announced that the XUV500 SUV range will get expanded with the addition of the W10 variant of the XUV500 which will launch by the fourth quarter of 2016. This will add to the XUV500 W8 variant that is currently on sale in Australia.

The Mahindra XUV500 W10 variant will be soon joining the SUV range in Australia that currently comprises of the XUV W8 front wheel version as well as the all wheel drive version. Moreover, the XUV500 W10 model trim being the top of the range variant comes packed with all the bells and whistles in the range. Thus, the W10 variant of the able SUV model will be offering a bunch of new features in order to attract more buyers and to increase the company’s presence in the car market of Australia.

The announcement of the launch of the XUV500 W10 comes right after the introduction of the new facelift version of the Mahindra XUV500, earlier this year.

Following is a list of features that the Mahindra XUV500 W8 and the W10 offers:

The standard features that come with the Mahindra XUV500 W8:

  • 7 inch large color touch screen integrated infotainment system with satellite navigation
  • Audio connectivity, Bluetooth telephony and auxiliary inputs
  • USB audio and video streaming
  • Automatic headlights as well as windscreen wipers
  • Micro hybrid technology
  • Reverse camera and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

The standard features that come as a package of the Mahindra XUV500 W10 variant above all the W8 offers:

  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
  • Power glass sunroof
  • Electronic steering lock
  • Chrome encased highlights
  • Illuminated scuff plates

Interestingly, the Mahindra XUV500’s name is pronounced as the ‘XUV five double ‘O’, in spite of the moniker of the model that clearly reads like the ‘XUV five hundred’.

Mahindra & Mahindra is yet to announce the pricing of the XUV500 W10 variant in the car market of Australia. This is a part of the Indian car maker’s product range expansion for the Australian car market, which also includes the introduction of the petrol engine options in the Mahindra XUV500 lineup in the year 2017.

Time for excitement the stunning XUV500 W6 automatic car launched

If you are someone who is crazy about new unexplored adventures, then a SUV car is the best model to opt for and nothing can beat the Mahindra XUV500. For years, it has been one car that is popular with the highly enthusiastic population in India. There is some excellent news for ardent XUV500 fans, Mahindra has launched the XUV500 W6 automatic car.

Mahindra XUV500 AT

You can now drive the stunning and powerful XUV500 W6 automatic and roam all over town having the time of your life. The car is sold at a price of Rs 14.29 lakhs, and it is the entry level version of automatic transmission. The vacation season is on and so is peak summer, and now is the time to dig into XUV500 AT W6 and head on a life-remembering vacation on trekking roads, inside the middle of lush green forests and hill stations.

It is a common sight to spot a XUV500 car on the street and Mahindra has now strengthened the thrill value of the car with the arrival of XUV500 AT W6. The competition power of the SUV market has now reached new heights and some of the fierce rivals of XUV500 AT W6 is Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.

It is thrilling indeed to learn about the launch of XUV500 AT W6, and as expected it is loaded with luxury and convenience to enjoy a mind blowing drive adventure. You will be amazed by the sight of a marvelous 6-inch infotainment system with USB support and Aux-in, and the other interesting features to look forward to micro-hybrid technology, reverse parking sensors, audio fitted steering, climate control system, automatic wipers and automatic headlights.

Enjoy the thrill of fantastic power in XUV500 AT W6, the car is powered with an advanced 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine that generates fierce energies of 330Nm torque and 140bhp power. The engine is coupled with an innovative Aisin manufactured six-speed torque converted and it moves with a fuel-efficiency power of 13.85kmpl.

For those who enjoy driving the XUV500 to the core, then there is another collection to your amazing list of vehicles XUV500 AT W6, and you can now look forward to life-remembering moments ahead. Driving the XUV500 AT W6 is going to be a heck of an adventure, and you can enjoy all the possible luxuries in a car with magnificent comfort and extravagance.

As mentioned earlier, the competition spirit of the XUV500 market has risen to new levels with Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki Brezza Vitara, Ford EcoSport and Honda BR-V and so on. An important point to remember is Mahindra’s adventure with SUV’s dates back to many years, and many people will not forget about the phenomenal style quotient and power of XUV500 and now there is the XUV500 AT W6 car to go after.

Are you keen on buying the XUV500 W6 AT? Go ahead and make your purchase and it is going to be the best gift ever.

Mahindra launches the exclusive and stunning all-new age XUV500 in Australia

Mahindra is a highly esteemed Indian auto brand, and has produced a fantastic collection of SUV’s. On the thought of Mahindra SUV, the first car we think of is XUV500, it is one car that is extremely popular in India, particularly among people who enjoy mind-blowing adventures. It is impossible to forget the XUV500, and the company has now created a greater style and luxury value of the car with all new age XUV500. The car is launched in Australia for a price of US$31,900.

Mahindra XUV500 AT in Australia

The all-new age XUV500 is a second-generation vehicle fitted with all-wheel drive technology and 6-speed automatic transmission. Mahindra is engineered the all new age XUV500 with superior engine rhythm to enable a more fun and adventurous cruise. There are so many amazing new changes on the exterior with a redesigned front grille design covered in polished chrome, new fog lights with chrome material and new alloy wheels. There is a world class seven-inch touchscreen infotainment devise connected with GPS and the comfy seats are covered with premium upholstery.

The all new age XUV500 is like no other XUV500 car, it is an extraordinary variant of the current XUV500. It is just loaded with features, more than what we can imagine with world class seven-inch satellite navigation system, enormous 702-liter boot volume, reverse camera with dynamic assist, seven comfy leather seats, 12 Volt power charging sockets and potent air con system in all three rows, eight interior LED lights and ten interior cup holders, three Isofix child restraints in second row, wireless tire pressure and Electronic Speed Control with electronic brake force distribution, ABS, hill descent and hill hold control and rollover mitigation.

Apart from just a myriad of features the all new age XUV500 is engineered with revolutionary technology that makes driving a highly convenient and pleasurable experience. Some of the new technological advancements are

Fully Automatic Gearbox:

The all new age XUV500 automatic is equipped with a completely refreshed second generation transmission fitted with planetary gear train and torque converter and such a system facilitates easy and effective gear change. The brain-wave technology behind the easy and convenient shifting of gears is quick and efficient receptiveness of manual transmission and relatively easy handling of automatic. For those who are keen on driving the car, it is a breeze, the new age XUV500 with automatic transmission creates smoother gear shifting and a breezier ride.

Intelligent adaptation to terrains and altitudes:

With the Intelligent adaptation to terrains and altitudes, driving becomes effective in any terrain that comes your way. The technology enables a smooth drive on challenging high and mid altitude terrains and the car can easily maneuver on upward terrains.

The other high-end technologies fitted into the car are all wheel drive, optimized gear ratio and manual mode.

There is a fantastic range of colors offered with all new XUV500 like volcano black, dolphin grey, Tuscan red, moondust silver, sunset orange and pearl white.

If you are all set to explore an exhilarating adventure, then the all new XUV500 is the car for you.

Mahindra XUV500’s lower variants get feature update

India’s utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has updated the base models of the very popular XUV500 premium SUV model for the year 2016, in order to beat the market competition. The 2016 Mahindra XUV500’s base variants have received a feature list update with an added feature. As per Mahindra & Mahindra official website, the XUV500’s base level W4 variant as well as the W6 variant will be available for sale in the Indian car market with added new features. The updated Mahindra XUV500 W4 and W6 model trims will come endowed with a new 6 inch monochrome infotainment system that is similar to the one that is found in the newly launched Mahindra KUV100 micro-SUV model.

2015 Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors

The Indian car market is definitely getting highly competitive with each passing day, and in order to keep one’s position intact in the fast changing market of India, all car makers have to keep their products updated. Mahindra & Mahindra is also trying to beat the growing market competition by keeping its vehicles updated. As the XUV500 is its flagship model, Mahindra has introduced new added features in the lower end variants of the SUV model in order to heighten their appeal to the prospective customers.

The Indian SUV master is also known for resorting to this particular feature update strategy quite often, which has become more obvious in the recent past. Very recently, Mahindra & Mahindra introduced the safety features of ABS as well as airbags in the base variants of its new TUV300, it has also made the feature of ABS along with EBD across all models in the KUV100, and now the company is offering an infotainment system on the base models of its XUV500.

With the addition of these new features, Mahindra& Mahindra wishes to make the statement clear that the Mahindra customers will get added value apart from the brand’s patent reliability and robust product qualities. The older models of the XUV500 W4 and XUV500 W6 variants got a single LCD unit, while now they get a new 6 inch monochrome infotainment system along with Bluetooth, USB, CD, iPod connectivity and hands-free calling functionalities.

Apart from this infotainment system addition, all the rest of the features in the base variant remain the same. The feature list includes micro hybrid technology, airbags, and powerful projector headlights along with light guides and ABS along with EBD. The higher models of the XUV500 – W8 and W10 models variants will also retain the same 7 inch color touchscreen display integrated infotainment system along with GPS, Bluetooth, USB, iPod connectivity, hands-free calling, configurable wallpaper and picture viewer.

The Mahindra XUV500 remains the same under its hood and gets powered by the same 2.2 liter mHawk diesel motor that delivers a top power of 140 bhp along with the max torque of 330 Nm. The W4 and W6 models are equipped with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The Mahindra XUV500 W4 is tagged at Rs. 11.50 lakh, while the XUV500 W6 variant is priced at Rs. 12.70 lakh (prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Mahindra Launches the Performance Centric under 2000 cc XUV 500 and Scorpio Variants

Mahindra and Mahindra is one of those companies which focuses on realist and futuristic plans. The recent extension of ban on diesel vehicles exceeding the engine power output threshold has resulted in a catastrophic downfall in the demand for SUVs in Delhi. However, Mahindra has an exit plan ready and in fact has already implemented it by introducing the 1.99 litre XUV and Scorpio variant.

2015 Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors

The Supreme Court rejected a plea initiated by major automobile companies including Mahindra and Mahindra which requested the elimination of the ban on diesel vehicles above 2000 cc. The Supreme Court also warned these companies that they would be in trouble if it finds out that the new age diesel vehicles cars that is sold in the Indian automobile market produces more pollution than the petrol cars.

Well, Mahindra has figured it out and has drawn conclusions regarding this dark cloud that hovers over it and might as well be there in the future. The decision of introducing below 2000 cc diesel variants of the XUV 500 and the Scorpio is the first of its kind among all major car manufacturers in India. Nevertheless, by doing so Mahindra seems to have leaped a step forward than its competitors. It’s definitely a ‘’Brave New World’’ out there and Mahindra seems to have accepted the fact that the ban on diesel vehicles might be taken to the next level and will be introduced in other cities as well. However, this is just a mere speculation which might turn over both ways. Needless to say Mahindra does want to be on the safer side.

Now getting into the engine specs, Mahindra claims that the new mhawk 1.99 litre engine will be a game changer as it is tested to perform as good as the 2.2 litre variant. Now that seems to be a show stopper figure that Mahindra projects with regards to the all-new 1.99 litre engine that it has incorporated in its XUV and Scorpio models as a variant. This new Scorpio variant has the capability to churn upto 120 PS and the XUV variant delivers a stunning 140 PS power output.

There is a catch to this new launch of XUV and Scorpio model. It seems that these variants will only be available in the Delhi NCR areas and will not be offered in other cities. Mahindra claims that the launch of the 1.99 litre mHawk engine is not a new creation from its stable rather it was at its pre-production stages much before than the Supreme Court ban. According to media sources the 1.99 mHawk engine was under development since 2014 which is doesn’t seem to be the truth.

Both the flagship models of the utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra is expected to be available with all the comforts, accessories and not to forget the widely appreciated infotainment system. So what one can expect is an evenly balanced SUV vehicle which provides the same pleasurable experience and more importantly less pollutes the environment.

New automatic variants of the Mahindra XUV500 launched in India

Country’s leading utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra has launched new automatic models of its popular XUV500 premium SUV starting at Rs 15.53 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

2015 Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors

The new automatic transmission models of the Mahindra XUV500 will be available across the country from 5th of December 2015. The automatic transmission unit option from Aisin AW will be available on the XUV500 W8 front wheel drive version model and the XUV500 W10 front and all 4 wheel drive versions, which are tagged at Rs. 15.53 lakhs and Rs. 17.37 lakhs, respectively (prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

The development of the new automatic transmission gearbox required an investment of Rs. 58 crore. The gearbox unit is a 2nd generation transmission from Aisin and is a product that has emerged from the Mahindra-Ssangyong collaboration.

Ssangyong, the South Korean subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra uses this transmission for its popular Tivoli and Korando C models. Mahindra could also employ the same transmission for the Scorpio SUV later.

While speaking during the launch of the new automatic variants of the Mahindra XUV500 on Wednesday, the company’s president and chief executive (automotive division), Pravin Shah, said that the preference for the automatic vehicle variant has been increasing due to rising congestion. The company is expecting at least 20 to 25 percent of the SUV models in the future will have automatic transmission options. As Mahindra is a customer centric company, the XUV500 automatic variants are its answer to the current consumer demands. The company had the option of introducing the 1st generation transmission, but the company decided to go for the new Gen2 transmission to offer better results.

The new 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox of the XUV500 will offer 330 NM of torque and 13.85 km per liter fuel efficiency, which is merely 10 to 12 percent lower than that of the manual version, as per Mahindra.

Shah added by saying that with the enhancement of technology along with reducing cost, the company is able to offer better running costs to its valued consumers.

The massive Indian SUV market has grown just 2 percent in the period between April and October. However, the popular Mahindra XUV500 has posted a growth of 10 percent in this same period with around 3500 units of average monthly sales. The sales of the XUV500 is currently more than all the vehicles in India put together that cost in the range of Rs. 14 lakhs to Rs. 25 lakhs.

Mahindra has been down with plummeting sales for many months until it finally posted good positive sales growth in the last month. While the XUV500 is continuing in its growth, there is good market response to the new TUV300 and the S101 micro-SUV is also coming soon. All these together are thought to bring in Mahindra & Mahindra great positive sales growth pretty soon.

Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to launch the new upcoming S101 compact SUV model in India in January 2016 to compete better in the popular compact SUV segment.