Mahindra XUV500 is the range topping model from the automaker’s stable
Mahindra and Mahindra is known as the SUV maker of India. The cheetah inspired rugged and muscular looking SUV Mahindra XUV500 is the range topper model from the Indian origin automaker. Introduced in 2011 the car was built not only targeting the Indian domestic market, but also keeping an eye on the international market. Today the Mahindra XUV500 is sold in several global markets, where it is being praised for its tough, muscular off-roading capability, well balanced and easy handling, rugged and bold design and certainly enormous power under the hood.
The Mahindra XUV500 was codenamed as W201 prior to its launch. The mid size SUV was designed and developed at Mahindra design and vehicle built centre in Nasik and Chennai. The car was manufactured at the automaker’s Chakan and Nasik factory. Mahindra XUV500 marks the automaker’s first vehicle built on a tough monocoque chassis. The car is available in both the 2WD and AWD configurations depending on different variants, which are W4, W6, W8 and W10. Being a tough off-roading capable car the Mahindra XUV500 is equipped with several safety features like multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, disc brakes, for all the four wheels, ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill hold, and Hill Descent Control.
Mahindra XUV500’s power source is a 2179 cc displacing 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine which is similar to the Mahindra Scorpio. Transmission duty is done by a 6 speed manual gearbox and the engine is well capable to churn out 142 PS of peak power at 3750 rpm and 330 Nm of peak torque between 1600 to 2800 rpm. Due to the ban imposed on 2000 cc diesel engines in Delhi and NCR the Mahindra XUV500 sold in the national capital region is sold with a 1997 cc displacing 2.0 litre diesel engine which belongs to the mHawk engine family. Although smaller in displacement, but the engine produces similar power and torque output like the 2.2 litre unit.
Here is a video, which shows the entire building process of the Mahindra XUV500, from sketch boards to assembly line roll out. Check out.