Mahindra XUV500 booking recommences

It has been 8 months now that Mahindra XUV500 has hit the roads. But the demand of the car has been such that Mahindra has now kicked off another booking session in order to meet the demands of the car. The latest phase of booking will take place across 19 cities in India and will go on for a span of 2 weeks. There was another booking session held in the month of February. Even after 8 months of being in the market, the demand of the car is only increasing over the past few months which ultimately have forced the company to conduct more booking sessions based on the format of lottery.

Mahindra XUV 500 booking recommences
As per the lottery system initiated by Mahindra, cars will be allotted to those whose names come up in the lottery and this is how Mahindra is trying to meet the demands of the customers. Eager customers are urging the company to increase the production rate of the vehicles so that they can get their flagship Mahindra SUV sooner than they are promised. As has been announced by the company, the lines of booking are now open only for 2 weeks and Mahindra plans to generate record sales this time. Earlier, Mahindra used to manufacture 2500 units of the car on a monthly basis which has now increased to 4000 units. There are presently 100 dealerships of Mahindra across India and the booking session will be held across all 100 of these dealerships. Owing to the demand, Mahindra had long back decided to increase the production rate of the vehicles and in the near future the company plans to open more dealerships across India. Mahindra XUV500 was recently brought out in Indore where the ex-showroom price of the car was fixed at Rs. 11.83 Lakh. Same price will be there across the showrooms in Jaipur and Patna. Mahindra is planning to expand more into India and thus the car will probably be launched in more cities in the coming few months. It is being said that Mahindra & Mahindra are known for their SUVs all across the world and the company is one of the leading SUV makers in India.

Thus we can say that Mahindra is one of the most prominent SUV makers based in India and the company is growing at an impeccable rate over since the foundation was established. The design of Mahindra XUV500 is unique and thus this makes it stand up to all rival bulls in the market. Ever since the car hit the market, there has been a rage following it with thousands of booking across the country. Other SUV makers in the market are all praises for the design as well as the ergonomics of the car and there is a lot that Mahindra has in plans which it will be implementing soon. The car is meant for those who want a muscular appeal compiled with strong performance along with a masculine body.

Mahindra and Mahindra to rev up the XUV500 productions

The Mahindra XUV500 fans wont have to bear with the agonizing 3-5 month delay to bring home this SUV. To cope up with the staggering response for the Mahindra XUV500, the Nashik plant will be enhanced to produce 3000 units a month. “We will be ramping up of production to 3,000 units per month,” Mahinda and Mahindra Automotive division Senior Vice-President (Marketing) Vivek Nayer, told the reporters.

The car received a booking of 25,000, a phenomenal response in just 10 days from the start of the second phase. In the first phase, the SUV grabbed a booking of 8000 units. We also brought you the news of the launch of new Mahindra Xylo on 8th of this month, and it was priced Rs 15,000 higher than the first version. This new and improved makeover of the first Xylo was developed in a project costing over Rs 50 crore. The MPV is available in 5 variants, and there were doubts that the launch of the new Xylo would cannibalize the market of other models of the brand. But looking at this move of Mahindra, it seems Mahindra has unparalleled domination of all its models in the market.

Mahindra and Mahindra to rev up the XUV500 productions

The laid down plan will be executed from March 2012. At present, Mahindra holds 27% of the market under Multipurpose Vehicle segment. And this latest update is a clear indication by Mahindra, that they are ready for more.

Mahindra XUV500 to get a price revision from 1st January

As has been expected for quite some time, Mahindra & Mahindra has finally announced the decision of increasing the price of its Mahindra XUV500 effective from the 1st of January, 2012. Multiple factors were responsible for increasing the price of this hot selling Mahindra vehicle. First of all, the initial pricing of Rs.10.8 Lakh on this vehicle was just an introductory offer. Secondly, the costs of raw materials have increased tremendously for the car maker due to the direct impact of the depreciation of Indian Rupee against the Euro and Dollar.

The price increase that Mahindra has proposed differs on the basis of variants. As per ex-showroom price in Delhi, the W6 variant is expected to increase by Rs.30,000 whereas the W8-FWD is increasing by Rs.50,000. The W8-AWD variant has been hiked by Rs.55,000.

Mahindra XUV500 to get a price revision from 1st January

In a special gesture, the car maker from India has however restricted the price increase to just 50% for those customers, who have already made bookings of the car, but have not yet been delivered the same. The production schedule of the Mahindra XUV500 is moving according to plan. The auto maker is also working on increasing the production capability of its Chakan plant. This will enable the company to restart the process of taking bookings of the car from January 2012.

Mahindra XUV500 to get a price revision from 1st JanuarySince its launch, the XUV500 has been subject to tremendous adulation from the consumers as well as auto experts. It has also been the recipient of multiple awards. ET–Zigwheels conferred it two awards as the best car as well as for the SUV of the year. In the award ceremony organized by the leading auto magazine, Top Gear, the XUV again walked away with the title of best SUV of the year along with the award of the most preferred car among the magazine readers. Even in the NDTV Awards 2012, the car got awarded as the best SUV of the year.

Top Selling Diesel SUVs in India

The Indian auto market, in the recent past, has witnessed a change in consumer preferences with people these days having a greater emphasis for vehicles having utility as well as quality. This has let the market of SUVs boom in the country. With diesel technology becoming much more advance these days, preferences are shifting towards the diesel powered SUVs as the economy factor is also getting predominance in buying decisions. This is because diesel as a fuel option proves to be highly cost effective compared to petrol, owing particular to the huge disparity in the prices of the two. Let us take a look at some of the top selling SUVs powered by diesel in the country, which have been able to take full advantage of this market situation.

Tata Safari:

Tata Motors created a winner with its SUV, the Tata Safari. Powered by an in-line diesel engine, the Tata Safari achieves a maximum power of 140PS@4000rpm with a peak torque of 320Nm. It offers 10.0km/liter on city roads in terms of mileage and peaks to 14.0km/liter on the highways. It has proved itself as an effective mode of transport on Indian highways. Its attractive pricing of around Rs.8 lacs has also enhanced its popularity. Also, the fact that it comes from the house of a leading car manufacturer of the country has helped the Tata Safari find an endearing place amongst Indian consumers.

Tata Safari in India

BMW X1:

The fact that premium luxury cars have the capacity to make an impact in the Indian market has been adequately proved by the BMW X1. The X1 is a crossover SUV from the stables of the luxury car maker an even its steep pricing of Rs. 25 lacs has not proved to be a deterrent to its sales. The model gets its power from four-cylinder, 16 valve diesel engine provided with twin turbochargers and has a displacement of 1995cc. Comfort factory is ensured both in its ride as well as the classy interiors that this SUV has been equipped with.

BMW X1 in India

Toyota Fortuner:

The factor that has been the USP for the Toyota Fortuner and has been able to establish this vehicle firmly in the Indian SUV market is its unique combination of power and luxury. The till now prevalent notion that power features could not compliment with in-vehicle comfort has been totally shredded to pieces. Indeed when the throttle power is matched with luxury and when ruggedness is provided the touch of the latest technology, a car like Toyota Fortuner is born to redefine all established norms. It peaks to a power of 171PS@3600rpm and has torque of 343Nm.  Priced along the Rs.20 lacs mark, the car has endeared it to Indian consumers.

Toyota Fortuner in India

Ford Endeavour:

Ford has always been known for the precision with which it designs its vehicles, providing them with all the requisite combinations of style, power, safety and comfort. The Ford Endeavour is a perfect demonstration of this very capability of the global car manufacturer. The Endeavour has a proven track record to endure all road conditions. It has been provided with superb exteriors that include its new imposing headlights, the chrome highlights provided as well as its sculpted tailgate. But beneath all these lies an engine that is always ready to assert itself on the road. Priced at Rs.19 lacs, the vehicle has stamped its authority in the Indian SUV segment.

Ford Endeavour in India

Mahindra XUV500:

The vehicles from Indian car manufacturer have never provided any reasons to complain on the performance aspect. It is only the factor of design that has been letting the company down till date. Not any more, though! Mahindra and Mahindra has delivered a winner in its Mahindra XUV500, a superlative combination of the traditional performance that is associated with its vehicles along with an artistic design. The vehicle with its robust look is an eye catcher as it powers down the street at a peak power of 140Bhp. Comfort of the passengers have been adequately addressed in its interiors that has been provided with top line features. The immediate impact that the vehicle made in the market was seen when the company sold out its four month stocks in just a month’s time post its launch. Priced competitively at Rs.10.80 lacs, the Mahindra XUV 500 has all that it takes to rule the SUV segment in India in the upcoming future.

Mahindra XUV500 in India

Mahindra XUV500 vs. Toyota Innova

The Mahindra XUV500 was launched on 28th September 2011, in the most competitive segment of the auto industry in India. The SUV segment is considered to be the most competitive amongst all segments because the vehicle to possess certain key skills to make a mark on this segment. From the perspective of the Indian customers, the challenge to meet all the requirements of this segment has become even tougher. This is owing to the fact that numerous models of smaller diesel cars have been launched in India recently. These cars are much more affordable to the Indian customers and at the same time more efficient in another key area, the fuel consumption levels.

However, one should not neglect the fact that SUV cars have been specifically designed targeting a higher segment of customers, who can afford the luxury of driving around in massive vehicles. In this scenario, the Mahindra XUV500 has one key competitor in this segment, the Toyota Innova; which has recently been able to generate a huge craze amongst Indian customers. The Mahindra XUV500 also has been able to carve a niche out for itself in this segment in such a short span of time.

Mahindra XUV500 in India

In this article, we try to identify the various features and specifications of these two vehicles, to conclusively try and rate the better of the two.

Toyota Innova in India

Engine Specifications:

The Mahindra XUV500 has been given a mHawk VGT 2.2 liter engine. This has the capacity to produce an adaptive power to the tune of 1450 BHP at 3750rpm. A torque of 330Nm can be generated between rpm 1600 to 2800.

On the other hand, we find that the Toyota Innova engines consist of diesel packaged 2KD-FTV. Additional technology has been provided in the form of an Intercooler Turbocharger along with 4-Inline cylinders. The engine has equipped the vehicle to generate a power of 102PS at 3600rpm whereas a torque of 200Nm is generated between 1400 to 3400rpm.

Verdict:

Round 1 to the Mahindra XUV500 for packing a higher punch in terms of power.

Mahindra XUV500 in India

Fuel Efficiency:

Though it is unreasonable to expect high degrees of fuel efficiency from vehicles in the SUV segment as they are generally prone to higher fuel consumption when compared with cars belonging to other segments. So, we should just look at the figures in the perspective of the two vehicles.

The figures registered by the Mahindra XUV500 and the Toyota Innova when driven on highways were 15.1 kmpl and 12.8 kmpl respectively. The fuel efficiency figures for both the XUV500 and the Innova dropped to 11.5 kmpl and 10.2 kmpl, when driven on city roads.

Verdict:

XUV500 scores over the Toyota Innova when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Toyota Innova in India

Price:

The Mahindra XUV500 has been priced in the range of Rs.10.8 lakhs to Rs.12.88 lakhs. The petrol variant as well as the Diesel driven models of the Innova comes to you between Rs.8.35 lakhs and Rs.13.12 lakhs.

Verdict:

The Innova scores better when it comes to purchasing of the base models but the pricing balances out as you go higher up the specifications list.

Mahindra XUV500 interior Toyota Innova interior

Conclusion:

Based on the above-mentioned parameters only, the Mahindra XUV500 does seem to be the better SUV to opt for, in case you are planning for an adventurous trip involving speedy drives without compromising on the safety aspects.

Mahindra XUV500 in India review


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Whilst going to the location that Mahindra had allotted to us for testing their brand new Mahindra XUV500, it was but obvious that they have come a long way from their Armada days. Enroute, I was always plagued by the thing as to why did they code-name their SUV as W201? Is it pointing to something closer to Mercedes? Remember Mercedes used to have this same code name for their E-series sedan. I hadn’t seen the Mahindra XUV500 on its launch and this was the first time that I was actually seeing this SUV. First impressions, the XUV looks somewhat similar to the Renault Koleos. Is it that Mahindra managed to grab some design cues from the French during their infamous Logan joint venture? Quite possible. On second thoughts, cheetah inspired styling is what Mahindra says that it has got for this SUV. I would second that, however, the Cheetah thing looks far too much artificial. Read on to know all what I have got to say about this all new SUV from Mahindra, the Mahindra XUV500, in this review. Check on Road Price

Mahindra XUV500 in India

Looks

As discussed before, the XUV’s styling cues are all derived from the likes of Koleos and this means that this one doesn’t look offensive. Infact, its all aggression, however all plastic inserts. There are a tad too many cuts on the grille and creases to it. There is a plastic net covering all the creases. The Mahindra saber tooth logo is what the grille tries to mimic. The projector head lamps along with the LED linings look great. Mind you, these aren’t the daytime LEDs and would work only when one presses a switch in the instrument console. The fog lamps seem to be half peeping from underneath the bonnet. The wheel arches are flared ones, keeping in mind the general theme of this vehicle. The door handles are a new thing for Mahindra, however, how they stand up to the test of time, remains to be seen.17 inch alloy wheels with the 235/65R17 configuration is what this SUV boasts of in all the variants. The roof is a floating one with a sharply tapered rear end. The blackened out effect can be seen in almost all the pillars of this SUV thus making it look sporty from all the angles. At the posterior of this vehicle, there is not much flash, as can be seen at the front. The twin tail pipes do lend some muscle and the rear glass is way too small, almost the same as the Evoque. Peer closely into the tail lamps and one can notice the crystalline elements embedded in the glass.

Mahindra XUV500

Interiors

As radical as they are, the interiors also are very different from any other Mahindra vehicle. Infact, the textures used for the fabric are also very different than the other Mahindra SUVs. Surprisingly, this SUV doesn’t require one to climb into it. The floorboard doesn’t seem too strong though and would start creaking if a heavyweight actually climbed on it. Once inside, the seats are pretty much comfortable. However, moving the driver’s seat to accommodate a larger driver would result in the middle row passenger to lose out on leg space. The middle row passengers as also the rear seat ones are pampered with air volume control systems. The third row is entirely cramped and would fit kids for a fair part of a long journey. For the geeks, Mahindra have endowed the interiors with 12V sockets for all three rows and there are bottle holders for even the last row passengers. For the central console, there is a V shaped design theme. The glovebox is large and accommodating while there is also a lid atop the dashboard which is lined with soft touch materials and has good storage capacity. The driver’s arm rest is adjustable and below it is a cool box for keeping all the drinks cool. The door pockets are also generously endowed and can fit in maps and magazines easily. The steering wheel gets audio controls as also voice activated dialing feature. The instrument console wouldn’t look out of place in a high end car. It is very trendy and shows which gear the car is driven in plus the moment one inserts the key, there are lakhs of tell tale lights coming up. The XUV is loaded with features like tyretronics, GPS navigation, touchscreen audio system, rear parking sensors and many other stuff. The boot space in this one is laughable and almost all the vehicles at Mahindra’s show rooms had their last seats flipped forward. There are dozens of puddle lamps and reading lamps all over the place. Plus there are two sunglass holders and also an auto dimming conversation mirror. Moreover, the power windows have a one touch down operation to them while the wing mirrors are electrically controlled.

Mahindra XUV500 interior

Mahindra XUV500 interior Mahindra XUV500 interior

Handling and ride quality

Apart from the looks, Mahindra have spent a great deal of time in fine tuning the handling as also ride quality of the Mahindra XUV500. The suspension was fine tuned by Lotus Engineering and needless to say, they have done a fine thing with the handling aspect. The ride quality, is absorbent on normal roads, however show it some dirt track and the calm poise of the SUV is all lost. I got to test the hill ascent system and it works perfectly fine. Couldn’t test the cruise control system though since there was no nice stretch of road wherein the system would come into picture. I have heard as also read some negative things about the electronics in Mahindra vehicles not standing the test of time; however, I would reserve my comments until further comments come in about the same from you readers. The noise insulation under the hood seems to be insufficient since there is a lot of engine noise permeating inside the cabin. However, the road noise was perfectly isolated. The steering wheel is a chunky unit and features adjustments for both rake and reach. It is also quite linear but somewhere down the line loses the plot. The AWD system would be put to test later on in a rigorous 4 wheel drive system test. However, knowing Mahindra, its bound to be a proven unit. Mahindra could have put in a better sounding horn as the current one is too meek to disperse jaywalkers.

Mahindra XUV500 steering wheel Mahindra XUV500 wheel

Engine, performance and fuel efficiency

140 Bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque is what the 2.2 liter motor develops from under the hood. As of now, there is only a 6 speed gearbox which is manual in nature. A 6 speed auto box would make its debut sometime next year. The power plant initially seemed lazy but then the turbo wakes up lazily and then plants a wide grin on the face of the driver. It did to me. 0-100 kmph came up somewhere close to 13.6 seconds and this SUV is capable of hitting 150 plus on the open highway. The 6 speed box is placed a tad too away from the driver. It however does have a positive shifting action and the clutch is also lighter than the one in the Scorpio. Brakes deserve a special mention here since they are very powerful units and aligned with ABS, traction control and even EBD, make for a good unit. As far as safety is concerned, this can be termed as one of the safest SUVs this side of Rs 13 lakhs. It has got 6 airbags with high impact protection crash testing already done on it. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency is 15.1 kmpl falls short of some others in its class. The MicroHybrid technology works well and its interval has been lessened now to 2.5 seconds. The first guinea pig for this technology was the Bolero, then the Scorpio and now the Mahindra XUV500. Reverse parking sensors are available on this one; however I would have preferred a reverse camera here.

Mahindra XUV500

Verdict

The Mahindra XUV500 in India is an important product for Mahindra. This SUV was under wraps for more than 2 years and now its unveiling has led to a coup of sorts. The looks match upto everything Mahindra hasn’t been associated with while the interiors are at an all new level than the competition. The build quality is very solid barring a few itsy bitsy bits. The engine is a tried and trusted product plus it has got good claims of fuel efficiency as well. Mahindra have tried to satisfy both the enthusiasts as also the normal SUV buying public. The XUV is sure to steal some of the sales of the Scorpio as well. When I am penning this down, news has come in that the XUV’s waiting periods have extended from 6 weeks to almost 5 months. Current production capacity for the XUV stands at 1500 units each month and Mahindra dealers are working overtime to take all the bookings that are coming their way. This type of buzz was created when the Xylo was also launched and whether it would be sustained over the coming time remains to be seen. The XUV 500 is available in three variants and the top end W8 with AWD is the one that I got to drive. The Mahindra XUV500 price in India starts from a very cool Rs 10.85 lakhs while the top end model comes in at Rs 12.88 lakhs. All these prices are ex-show room, Pune.

Mahindra XUV500

More than 5k bookings registered for Mahindra XUV500

It has just being a week back when Mahindra’s new XUV500 was launched and Mahindra dealers have already registered more than 5000 bookings. As of now, the XUV500 is available only in 5 cities and those are Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. The price range of this SUV is from Rs 10.8 lakhs to Rs 11.95 lakhs.


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It is said that the XUV500 is India’s first SUV which is built on the car-like monocoque platform. Rajesh Jejurikar, Mahindra’s automotive division’s Chief Executive said that the entire company was pleased that their new SUV has been received with much enthusiasm all over the country. Even on social networking platforms, the XUV500 is a hit what with about 1.5 visitors thronging in to watch the live streaming of the XUV500 launch. The vehicle currently has a 6 weeks waiting period, however vehicles which were booked prior to the launch have already been dispatched to their respective owners.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500 in India Preview

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Aspirations are dime a dozen and they are needed when one wants to take on the world. Remember, taking on the world is something which isn’t easy and in this case, when it happens to be the automotive market, then its bound to be big. Classic example is the recent launch of the Mahindra XUV500 in India. With a feature laden interiors and a styling to die for, this car definitely is one of the must seek outs in the auto industry. Here are a few details on what to expect from the Mahindra XUV500.

The Mahindra designers this time around have been given the brief to make this design a timeless thing than the one in the Scorpio, which by the way has fended off competition well enough for the 10 odd years that it has been in production in India. The design is said to be inspired by the Cheetah. Yes, the sprinter of an animal. Why the grille of the car, even the sides of the SUV are inspired by the paws of the Cheetah. The dual tipped exhausts as also the unique tail lamps pattern is something which would catch the eye of the buyer and other road users equally.

Mahindra XUV500 in IndiaWell, we never expected that the interiors of a Mahindra vehicle would make us go wow, except for this one. Features galore are what one would call this SUV. Clear intentions of this SUV thinking of going international in a big way. The passport of any SUV to have an international visa is by having good looks as also a feature list which would rival some of the air planes. Automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, chiller box, touchscreen infotainment and also tyretronics is something which would be the envy of any SUV this side of Rs 20 lakhs. There are three rows of seats and even the third row of seats is extremely comfortable, something which Mahindra have learnt from their past experiences with the Scorpio and Xylo. The interiors are dual tone in nature and this is a good thing since there is no beige in here like the others in its class.

Mahindra and Mahindra have done a good thing by being one of the manufacturers who have constantly upgraded the sense of ride and handling in their cars starting from the Scorpio. This is one SUV from the Mahindra stables which is said to not have the top heavy feel which other SUVs in its class have to some extent. Confidence around the corners is the key to this car while the ride quality is something which Mahindra can boast of having inculcated the best in this beast. Xylo is one car which impressed us with its NVH factor and we are sure that this XUV500 would be no disappointment in this factor.

Mahindra XUV500 interiorThe safety features is another thing which the European and American markets harp on and this vehicle definitely has got it big time. Ample of crumple zones along with 6 airbags, side impact beams and disc brakes all around is something which many high end SUVs offer and not an SUV this side of Rs 20 lakhs. Moreover, there is the traditional EBD along with ABS as also Rollover mitigation, ESP, Hill Descent Control, Hydraulic Brake Assist and the Hill Hold Control features available. Did we forget to mention that on the top end version, the XUV500 would come with a 4×4 configuration as well.

To keep costs in the lower zones, Mahindra have used the same 2.2 liter mHAWK engine which is found in the Scorpio. However, for a SUV which is heavier than the Scorpio, this one does make more power as well. 140 Bhp of power along with 330 Nm of torque is what the 2.2 liter engine produces. There is an option of both 6 speed auto as also manual transmission in this vehicle. ARAI quoted fuel efficiency is very good for a vehicle this class and it stands at 15.1 kmpl.

New Mahindra XUV500The Mahindra XUV500 in India would be available in 3 variants and the Mahindra XUV500 price in India would start from Rs 10.8 lakhs while the top end model would retail for Rs 12.88 lakhs. All these prices are ex-show room, Delhi. A detailed review or test drive of the XUV500 would be done later on, in typical Indiandrives fashion.