Mahindra XUV500 Fan Blog

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Mahindra XUV 500

Mahindra seems to have decided to grab the attention of the entire nation with its new SUV- XUV 500. With this move, the undoubted king of the SUVs in India achieves the famous five figures.

It was originally code named as W201, and then received the name XUV 500 recently before its launch on 29 Sept, 2011.

As far as the looks are concerned, it looks huge with big front grille that’s dominated by the brand’s logo at the center. It brings in the goodness of luxury segment contenders like SUVs like the Honda CR-V #038; Hyundai Santa-Fe at a really modest price of under 15 lakhs.

The Outlook #038; Styling Cues

The mesh type look behind front grille and in between the front bumper doesn’t give premium or up-market look to the SUV. But, MM has managed to come up with a really wide and huge SUV.

The fog lights, tail-and-headlights features clear lens for clear and bright view. Its huge wheel gives rugged and macho look that is further enhanced by wider 17-in alloy wheels.

It is the first monocoque SUV developed in India that gives a clear evidence of M#038;M#8217;s world class research and development. It is expected to be the most beautiful SUV in its class and will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavor, Chevy Captiva, and Renault Koleos.

The day-time running LEDs in it looks similar to the ones seen in many SUVs by Audi and Mercedes. Though there is nothing as unique in terms of styling and design, it looks different and eye-catching in terms of the design of huge wheel arches and door handles.

The larger tailgate opens upwards, giving spacious loading area with the rear row of seats folded flat.

The Inside

If you step inside the 500 XUV, you’ll realize that there’s something extraordinary in place inside it. Seven passengers can be accommodated comfortably in its interior.

The dash, housing a long central console, grabs the attention of the person entering XUV 500. Central console houses six-in touchscreen color/monochrome display and there are 2 AC vents on central console, and smaller ones on the side.

On the whole, it is one the most spacious and feature-rich SUV in its segment.

Engine Capacity and Gas Mileage

It is powered by a 2179cc mHawk 2.2-L traverse diesel engine that generates 140BHP at 3750rpm and torsion of about 330Nm at 1600-3750rpm, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, making it suitable for Indian road conditions, while automatic gearbox may come up on the international edition.

The Micro hybrid technology in engine performs well on both off-and-on roads equally, while with AWD option, Mahindra XUV 500 is capable of challenging any terrain, and 2WD editions too perform well.

Fuel tank capacity of the SUV is 70 liters and the mileage is 12km/l in the city streets and 14 km/l on the highway roads.

Comparing XUV500 with Toyota Innova

It is true that Indian customers have been getting quite affordable small diesel cars when compared to massive SUVs, but it is also a fact that utility vehicles are having the engagements of true SUV lovers who can easily afford massive wheels.

Taking performance into consideration, the close rival of XUV500 will be Toyota Innova as it comes with 2KD-FTV diesel turbocharger unit, delivering 102PS and 200Nm.

We can’t expect high fuel economy ratings from both as they are SUVs; the average gas mileage ratings of XUV500 and Innova are 11.5km/l and 10.2km/l respectively.

Talking about Innova, it is very reliable as it comes from the quality-conscious Toyota. If you are going to add an SUV to your auto collection, the new XUV500 is the best choice to entertain your adventurous legs with sporty and speedy drive along with essential safety attributes to make your journey safe.

Pricing

The ex-showroom price of XUV500 W6 is Rs 10.8 lakhs (now increased by Rs 30k after the recent budget), and the price of W8 2WD and W8 4WD is Rs 11.95 lakhs and 12.88 lakhs respectively (again increased by 40k).

Glimpse of 2012 XUV500

XUV500 has already proved its worth in the present-day SUV market, and its latest AWD variant is more likely to enhance its position as a tough competitor in the market, giving direct competition to key rivals, including Tata Aria, Ford Endeavour, Tata Safari Storme, and Toyota Fortuner. The 2012 edition has come out featuring almost unchanged engine specs, and hence produces almost the same performance stats.

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