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.
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
Rear wash, wipe & defogger
The overall dimension of XUV 500:
|OVERALL HEIGHT||1785 mm|
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:
Flexi Seat Configuration
Cool Box on Centre Console
Glove box & laptop holder
Remote Keyless Entry
Auto Lock & Unlock
Key Forgotten Reminder
Door ajar & Puddle lamps
8-way adjustable seats
Tilt and Telescopic Steering
Power Adjustable ORVMS
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.
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.
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 :
|VARIANTS||PRICE AS PER EX-SHOWROOM DELHI(Rupees)|
The trims with interior color combination:
|EXTERIOR SHADE||INTERIOR SHADE|
|OVERVIEW||Mahindra XUV 500||Tata Safari Storme|
|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|
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
Source: Mahindra XUV 500