• 2011 Mahindra XUV 500


Mahindra & Mahindra, the renowned auto-giant has launched yet another SUV which has been christened as the XUV 500 which is popularly quoted as their ‘global’ SUV. Mahindra XUV 500 is the first vehicle of the company built on the monococque chasis and Mahindra has added much style to this SUV, has made it very dynamic and feature packed so that it suits well among the other vehicles of the global market. Mahindra XUV 500 has been added with a lot of modern utilities to attract the young generation customers along with attractive styling.

Under the hood, XUV 500 retains the famous mHawk turbo diesel engine similar to the one that is used in Scorpio. This mighty engine churns out 140bhp of maximum power and a maximum torque of 330Nm. This SUV has gained immense popularity in Indian and South African markets and with this SUV launched, Mahindra has made an entry into the global market as well.

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  • Engine:
    mHawk140, Direct injection diesel engine 5th generation Variable Geometry Turbo charger (VGT)
  • Transmission:
    6 speed synchromesh manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    140 @ 3750
  • Torque @ RPM:
    243 @ 2800
  • Displacement:
    2179 cc
  • Top Speed:
    109 mph
  • Price:
    INR 1180380
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Styling and Interior

XUV 500 from Mahindra’s stable is a head turner and the design of the SUV is Cheetah inspired. The front of the SUV has an aggressive design due to the jaw shaped chrome lined front grille along with the barrel shaped projector headlamps with turn indicators which all togethar resembles the face of the Cheetah upon which this SUV has been inspired. One of the unique feature of the headlamps are that while cornering the headlamps acts as the cornering lights too, the fog lamps has received a slash cut design and looks bold. The side profile of the car has been dominated by the bold curves as well as straight lines. The door handles are unique and are paw shaped which helps to maintain the overall theme. The body colored ORVMs gets the side indicators and the small parking lights. The roof-rails adds the muscular look to it and the 5-spoke and 17inch alloy wheels gives the car a perfect stance of a SUV. The rear of the car gets a décor of a four pack tail-lamp units which gives a glittering look. There are also high mounted stop lamps, stop warning indicators, Intellipark sensors, rear wiper and twin exhausts which makes the rear look more appealing.
There are also some other features in the SUV worth mentioning –
- Static bending headlamps
- Follow-me-home headlamps
- Lead-me headlamps
- Entry-Assist Lamps
- Rear wash, wipe & defogger
- Camping Light

The overall dimension of XUV 500:


Coming to theXUV 500 interiors, it consists of a comfortable seating arrangement for seven people, the seats are very comfortable and are made of leather and has quality textures. One may fold the second row seats inside the SUV as well as the side seats of the third row and can increase the amount of boot space. The cabin gets mood lighting which calms one’s mind. There are background lights too that highlights the door handles of the SUV. The centre console grabs the attention as it resembles a waterfall. The dashboard has four ac vents, There are audio control and remote and cruise control buttons mounted on the Steering wheel, behind the wheel there is the instrument cluster which informs the driver of every detail regarding the SUV. The glove box provided inside the SUV is very large and there is also a cool box between the two front seats. Also there is a 6 inch Touchscreen monochrome/color display on the top of the audio controls. First ever smart application has also been introduced by the company lately which includes the BLUE SENSE® APP.

Some of the other features that make XUV 500 stand out of the crowd are:
- Voice Commands.
- Flexi Seat Configuration
- Cool Box on Centre Console
- Glove box & laptop holder
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Cruise Control
- Auto Lock & Unlock
- Conversation Mirror
- Key Forgotten Reminder
- Door ajar & Puddle lamps
- Digital Immobilizer
- 8-way adjustable seats
- Tilt and Telescopic Steering
- Power Adjustable ORVMS

Engine and Performance

Mahindra XUV 500 has the 2.2 liter, mHawk140 engine that is able to churn out maximum power of 140bhp at 3750 rpm and a maximum torque of 330Nm at 1600-2800rpm. As per ARAI, XUV 500 provides a fuel efficiency of 15.1kmpl which is quite impressive for a SUV of this size. The 5th generation variable geometry turbochargers provide the SUV an instant acceleration of 0-60kmph in just 5.4 seconds. XUV 500 sports the first 6-speed manual transmission which is fully developed and tested in India. This enables the two overdrives in churning out maximum torque and speed which gives the car acceleration and also returns impressive fuel economy.

Ride and Handling

Mahindra XUV 500 comes with the All Wheel Drive Technology that helps the SUV to overcome any terrain with ease. A seamless transition from 2WD to AWD can be experienced without the intervention of the driver. Also, the monococque construction which is common in the modern SUVs all around the world has the body and platform integrated in a single unit. The resultant outcome is an excellent power to weight ratio and an outstanding handling experience.

The suspension set up of this SUV complements its sporty nature. The front of the mighty SUV has been fitted with the McPherson strut suspension and at the rear, has an independent multi-link suspension. This has been added by the collaboration with Lotus, a renowned name in the history of motor sports. On the other hand, the dual mass flywheel reduces the noise, vibrations and the harshness of the engines thus delivering a smooth and comfortable ride.

Safety Features

The safety features includes :

6 AIR BAGS Driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags.
HILL HOLD CONTROL AND HILL DESCENT CONTROL Prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting from a standstill on an incline.
ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP) Always on high alert and constantly monitors the movement and direction of the car.
ABS WITH EBD Reduces braking distance substantially and enhances the safety of the driver and passengers.
ALL 4 WHEEL DISC BRAKES Results in lower fade of braking at high speeds and repeated braking situations.


The price of the three variants of XUV 500 has been provided below :

W6 FWD 11,80,380
W8 FWD 13,35,224
W8 AWD 14,42,224

The trims with interior color combination:

Volcano Black Walnut
Satin White Walnut
Moondust Silver Black
Tuscan Red Black
Opulent Purple Black
Dolphin Grey Black


Mahindra XUV 500 faces a tough competition from Tata Safari Storme in the market. Tata Safari Storme is a rugged SUV from Tata’s stable but its lags behind Mahindra XUV 500 in terms of looks.

OVERVIEW Mahindra XUV 500 Tata Safari Storme
Fuel Type Diesel Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity (In liters) 70 55
Engine 2.2-litre 140bhp mHawk Diesel Engine 2.2-litre 138.1bhp 16V VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
Power 140bhp@3750rpm 138.1bhp@4000rpm
Torque 330Nm@1600-2800rpm 320Nm@1700-2700rpm
Displacement (cc) 2179 2179


Mahindra has offered an all rounder SUV. This vehicle is not only dynamic, but also offers king size comfort to its passengers. Perhaps, these reasons have soared up the selling figures of XUV 500 in the country. It is likely that the aggressive and stylish XUV 500 shall win over the heart of the youths and adults not only in the country but also globally.


“I like the price – which is introductory, I like the features, I like the equipment. But it just doesn’t have the dynamic coherence a car like this should have. If you ask me, I would’ve gone easy on the features, equipment and styling and concentrated on making this a dynamically better package.” –Top Gear India

“M&M’s order book is bursting and it’s not hard to see why. With prices not significantly higher than comparable Scorpio models, the XUV500 is incredible value for money, which makes it a package that’s hard to resist.” – Autocar India

- Overall design of the car.
- Features added to it.
- Affordable Price

Source: Mahindra XUV 500

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Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), a part of the US $12.5 billion Mahindra Group,
today unveiled the eagerly awaited Mahindra XUV500 at Pune in Maharashtra. Designed and developed in-house by
Mahindra, the XUV500 is Mahindra’s first global SUV platform, with significant inputs in styling and development from
customers across the globe. Available at Mahindra dealerships in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai from
October 1st 2011, the XUV500 price range starts at ex-showroom Delhi - Rs.10.80Lacs for the W6 model, Rs.11.95Lacs
for the W8 2WD model and Rs.12.88Lacs for the W8 All Wheel Drive (AWD) model.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group said,
“The launch of our first global SUV platform, the XUV500, is another proud moment in our automotive journey. For the
Mahindra Group, the XUV500 represents ‘Rise’ in action as the team deployed alternative thinking to deliver a high level
of technology and performance at an unbeatable price. I am confident that the XUV500 will create a brand new category in
the premium SUV segment and find favour both in India and overseas.”
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. while speaking at the launch
mentioned, “The XUV500 is our first global SUV that has been completely designed and developed around the global
customer, with extensive product validation and testing done across Europe, Australia, South Africa, and India. The
Mahindra XUV500 offers benefits such as aspirational styling, a product filled with technological advances, advanced
safety features, comfort and convenience, etc. hitherto seen only in hi-end SUVs. All this and much more at an unbeatable
price of Rs…. which makes this product nothing less than a category creator.”
Poised to pounce…
The new Mahindra XUV500 is unmatched in terms of style, performance, technology, safety and comfort, providing
customers a truly complete driving experience. Bold and glorious lines that trace the world’s most agile animal in action,
namely the cheetah, contribute to the elegant styling and visual impact - an intimidating jaw-like honeycomb grill, the
unique paw styled vertical door handles and muscular wheel arches - all add to what seems to be the vehicle’s innate
desire to pounce! Furthermore, the chiselled, aerodynamic body of the Mahindra XUV500 with static-bending projector
headlamps and LED parking lamps, racing-inspired twin exhausts, integrated bumpers and stylish, light-weight alloy
wheels all add to the SUV’s stature, making the XUV500 a striking presence on road.
A monocoque construct found only in the most modern SUVs around the world is the very essence of the XUV500
uncompromised driving dynamics. The result is an excellent power to weight ratio, unmatched handling and undiluted
driving pleasure.
The XUV500 is available in 3 exciting variants & 7 attractive shades to suit a variety of tastes – be it masculine and
powerful or contemporary and classy. These include Satin White, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple, Amazon Green,
Moondust Silver, Volcano Black and Dolphin Grey.
Physics-defying agility…
The XUV500 is powered by a state-of-the-art 2.2litre mHawk diesel engine which delivers a power-packed 140bhp with
330Nm torque. The 2.2litre engine is meshed with a 6-speed transmission and the 5th generation Variable Geometry
Turbocharger which takes the XUV500 from 0-60kmph in a mere 5.4 seconds. Despite all this unadulterated power, the
XUV500 gives you up to 15.1 kms per litre (ARAI-certified). A high torque at low engine revs allows the vehicle to handle
city traffic with ease, while the Dual Mass Flywheel ensures rattle-free driving pleasure. The advanced Micro Hybrid
Technology helps conserve both fuel and nature.
In addition to all of the above, the Mahindra XUV500 also boasts of an All Wheel Drive (AWD) that lets the driver tackle
even the toughest of roads with consummate ease. The Interactive Torque Management (ITM) system automatically
redistributes the torque between the front and rear wheels to manoeuvre the XUV500 out of any discomfort. The seamless
transition from 2WD to AWD without driver intervention gives XUV500 owners a level of handling prowess unmatched by
conventional vehicles.
The XUV500 sporty suspension also affords drivers a lot of room for fun. In fact, the XUV500 boasts a suspension system of
McPherson struts up front and the independent multi-link suspension in the rear.
Generation Next Technology integrated today…
To create the next generation of SUVs, you have to advance past the status quo. Probably why the XUV500 lets you
discover features that most other cars have yet to. A first-in-class, 6-inch LCD touchscreen on the dash begs for your
attention. It’s the headquarters of the highly sophisticated touch screen infotainment system with DVD player, CD/MP3,
FM, Bluesense technology, full i-pod connectivity and 6 speakers. The impressive speakers with built-in tweeters recreate
the experience of an original studio recording for all audiophiles, reminding the passengers of a high-end home theatre
surround sound set-up.
The XUV500 boasts of a fully loaded GPS navigation system, which covers over 1.5 million kilometres of road across
1200 cities with a turn-by-turn voice guidance system in not less than eight regional languages. The system also gives
the driver access to over 5 million touch points of interest including restaurants, ATMs, fuel pumps and movie theatres.
A full-fledged, integrated Driver Information System diligently reports to you with all the vital information about the
car. It tells you how far the existing amount of fuel can take you. It monitors the air pressure and temperature of each tyre.
It even controls the cabin temperature for you.
The intellipark reverse park assist system has a visual prompt on the LCD screen which shows you the distance
between the rear bumper and any object behind your vehicle.
The XUV500 steering wheel features Voice Commands, Cruise and Audio Controls for your convenience and safety.
You can control the infotainment system without taking your hands off the steering wheel through Voice Commands.
Steering-mounted controls also allow you to control your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone through the infotainment
system in the XUV500 using Blue Sense technology. This allows you to access your phonebook, as well as make and
receive calls.
Cruise Control makes driving stress and fatigue-free, especially on long highway drives. It maintains the speed of the
XUV500 at a preset level using the steering wheel controls, and also allows you to make small changes to the speed
without having to use the accelerator.
For more intelligent features, there are Smart Rain and Light sensors in the XUV500, which activate the wipers and
headlamps automatically whenever external conditions demand.
One part sanctuary. One part fortress.
Few vehicles are as fortified as the XUV500. And at the heart of this defense is the Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
The ESP constantly monitors the movement and direction of the car. When it detects loss of control, brakes are
automatically applied and torque to the relevant wheel is reduced till vehicle stability is restored.
Rollover Mitigation in the XUV500 closely monitors a range of parameters and identifies potentially dangerous driving
conditions that could lead to the vehicle rolling over. Well before the situation becomes threatening, it causes the ESP
system to intervene and control the vehicle speed, thereby restoring stability.
The XUV500 is well equipped to keep you out of harm’s way. 6 airbags (front, side and curtain airbags) cocoon you. As if
that wasn’t enough, the vehicle’s body also comes with side impact beams and thoughtfully located crumple zones.
ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) reduces braking distance substantially and enhances the safety of
the driver and passengers. The Hydraulic Brake Assist system applies maximum braking force in the shortest possible
time during emergency braking, thus aiding you in bringing the vehicle to a standstill quicker.
Hill Descent Control identifies steep inclines and engages itself to assist the vehicle down the slope with caution while
Hill Hold Control prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting from standstill on an incline.
A true driver’s delight as well…
A high calibre, twin-pod instrument cluster with seriously sporty 3D designs and an exquisite waterfall style central
bezel combine to give you the feel of a highly evolved piece of machinery. The driver’s seat is ergonomically designed
with 8 different adjustments including height and complete lumbar support adjust.
Independent AC vents with fully automatic climate control double HVAC cools all corners of this spacious SUV with
individual controls for each passenger. The car’s stylish exterior is aptly complemented by the elegantly crafted two tone
pure leather interiors, replete with intuitively placed storage units, which include a cool box and an inbuilt laptop
The steering wheel of the XUV500 has been designed with an enhanced capacity to control various features. Its tilt and
telescopic adjustment allows personalisation to suit your needs.
Individual reading lamps for each passenger and conveniently placed laptop and mobile charging points in each
seating row, together with the concealed lounge lighting, add to the sheer exclusivity that is the Mahindra XUV500.
Another useful feature is the ability of the last two rows of seating to completely fold away, transforming the XUV500 into
the perfect vacation vehicle with tonnes of space.
About The Mahindra Group
The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic
growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, vacation ownership, rural and
semi-urban financial services, etc. Mahindra has a significant and growing presence amongst others, in the automotive
industry, agribusiness, aerospace, automotive components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment,
logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.
A US $12.5 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 1,37,000 people in over
100 countries. In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed
companies in the world. For four years in a row, Mahindra has featured in the Forbes Asia’s Fab 50 List of the 50 best
publicly traded companies in the Asia-Pacific regions. Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile
sector in its list of India’s Top 500 Companies.
In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow. Its flagship company Mahindra & Mahindra
Limited is the only Indian automobile manufacturer to feature in the top 10 list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index
in India - 2010, created by the Carbon Disclosure (CDP). In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea’s
SsangYong Motor Company.

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