Mahin­dra aims to en­trench in lux­ury SUV mar­ket with new XUV500

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JOHANNESBURG — Mahin­dra South Africa has re­leased a thor­oughly up­dated ver­sion of its pop­u­lar XUV500 sports util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV).

First launched in 2011, the XUV500 has spear­headed the Mahin­dra brand’s push into the highly com­pet­i­tive SUV seg­ment with a thor­oughly mod­ern, pow­er­ful, spa­cious and well-equipped ve­hi­cle.

Now, a se­ries of sig­nif­i­cant up­dates and im­prove­ments are set to add new lus­tre and ap­peal to the XUV500.

The up­grades in­clude a com­plete over­haul of the SUV’s aes­thet­ics, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the front-end styling. In ad­di­tion, the in­te­rior ex­e­cu­tion has also been up­graded.

“The XUV500 is a sig­nif­i­cant ve­hi­cle for Mahin­dra, be­cause it em­pha­sises the brand’s in­ten­tion to ex­tend its prod­uct range be­yond its tried and tested util­ity ve­hi­cles,” says San­joy Gupta, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mahin­dra South Africa.

“Com­bin­ing con­tem­po­rary styling and smart, spa­cious in­te­ri­ors with a pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient tur­bod­iesel driv­e­train, the XUV500 has be­come a pop­u­lar, value added op­tion in the highly com­pet­i­tive SUV seg­ment. The ar­ray of im­prove­ments is sig­nif­i­cant in­side and out, en­sur­ing that the New Age XUV500 will be even more ap­peal­ing than be­fore,” he con­cluded.

The re­designed front-end styling is ac­com­pa­nied by new, stylish 17-inch al­loy wheels. The mul­ti­spoke wheels are shod with 235/65 R17 all-ter­rain tyres. Also of note are the re­vised door han­dles, which now fea­ture a more open, user-friendly de­sign.

The spa­cious cabin of the New Age XUV500 now has leather uphol­stery and a seven-inch, full­colour touch-screen dis­play that in­cludes in­te­grated satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with voice prompts, as well as a multi-speaker sound sys­tem, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for hands-free tele­phony and mu­sic stream­ing, iPod-com­pat­i­ble USB sock­ets, and a re­verse cam­era.

The New Age XUV500 re­tains its pre­de­ces­sor’s pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient tur­bod­iesel driv­e­train. The 2,2-litre four-cylin­der mHawk 140 tur­bod­iesel en­gine makes use of a vari­able ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger to pro­duce 103 kW at 3 750 rpm and 330 Nm be­tween 1 600 rpm to 2 800 rpm.

With a 70-litre fuel tank, the Mahin­dra of­fers an op­er­at­ing range in ex­cess of 1 000 km be­tween re­fu­els, depend­ing on driv­ing con­di­tions.

A six-speed man­ual gear­box drives the rear wheels, although an all-wheel drive ver­sion is avail­able for those in­tent on more se­ri­ous ex­cur­sions off the beaten track. Pric­ing in­cludes a fiveyear/150 000 km war­ranty, and a five-year/100 000 km ser­vice plan. Ser­vices are at 20 000 km or ev­ery 12 months, which­ever comes first. — Supplied.

XUV500 pric­ing

W4 R262 995 W6 R304 995 W8 R339 995 W8 AWD R359 995

SAN­JOY GUPTA CEO of Mahin­dra SA “The XUV500 is a sig­nif­i­cant ve­hi­cle for Mahin­dra, be­cause it em­pha­sises the brand’s in­ten­tion to ex­tend its prod­uct range be­yond its tried and tested util­ity ve­hi­cles.”

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The new-look XUV500, now with voice prompts and in­te­grated sat­nav.

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