Mahindra aims to entrench in luxury SUV market with new XUV500
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.
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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.”
The new-look XUV500, now with voice prompts and integrated satnav.