Mahindra has just unleashed the XUV500 with a brand new paint shade, in this case Arctic Blue. Bookings for the 2013 XUV500 in the Arctic Blue shade is now open across Mahindra showrooms in India. We now have the XUV500 being made available in seven paint shades: Arctic Blue, Volcano Black, Satin White, Moondust Silver, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple and Dolphin Grey. The XUV500 is available in three variants, W6 Front Wheel Drive, W8 Front Wheel Drive and W8 All Wheel Drive. The XUV500 is Mahindra’s flagship product for India and comes with ex-showroom Delhi prices between INR 11.8-14.4 lakhs.
In January 2013, the Mahindra XUV500 retook the crown of being the best selling SUV in India from the Renault Duster. The XUV500 has been a disruptive force of sorts in the Indian C+ segment by outselling every other C+ sedan sold in the country. The crossover which is the first ever Mahindra SUV to feature a monocoque design comes with a 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine outputting 140 Bhp and 330 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission as standard and is available in front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions.
Mahindra builds the XUV500 at its Chakan plant, off Pune, where about 4,500 examples of this crossover are built each month. The crossover is also exported to international markets. The automaker is working on a petrol version of the XUV500. The petrol variant will be sold in Latin American nations and other international petrol-only markets. In Europe though, the diesel powered XUV500 will continue to be the main variant. Mahindra is also said to be developing an automatic transmission for the XUV500 given the high demand for such a variant in both India as well as in international markets.
There’s been some talk about Mahindra launching an upgraded version of the XUV500 in the next few months. The upgraded XUV500 is expected to get an updated infotainment system and better braking. Although the XUV500 is stuffed with creature comforts and safety features, many owners have complained about the frequent niggles in these creature comforts. So, Mahindra would do well to iron out these niggles and ensure that the refreshed XUV500 is a niggle free product that befits its flagship stature.