Monday, 25 March 2013

Mahindra XUV 5OO base version and top end variants in works



Mahindra, the home grown SUV maker is gearing itself against the newly launched Duster, which has clocked 25,000 units in just 7 months of launch. Mahindra's XUV 5OO and Scorpio are the one's most affected by launch of Renault Duster.

At present, there are three variants of XUV 5OO available - W6 4x2, W8 4x2 and W8 4x4 variants. However, as per sources, the two new variants of the SUV are to in pipeline and will take the total to 5 variants.

One would be the base variant, which as per the sources will cut down on some features and will also feature a new center console. The other one would be a top of the line variant which will is likely to touch INR 15 Lac, and is expected to come with all the bells and whistles that you could think of.

On the engine and transmission front, things are expected to be unchanged on the low cost variant with the same 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine and 6 speed manual transmission doing duty. On the top end variant though, the addition of an automatic gearbox could be in the scheme of things considering the fact that Tata Motors is lining up the Aria Automatic for a end 2013 launch.

Apart from selling the XUV500 in India, Mahindra also exports this crossover to car markets across the globe. The automaker is working on a petrol engined variant of the XUV500 to target specific export markets that favour petrol engined cars.

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