The Mahindra Xylo MPV crosses the 1 lakh sales milestone in India
In 3 years of its launch in India, the Mahindra Xylo MPV has gone from strength to strength, with domestic sales managing to cross the 1 lakh mark. Launched in early 2009, the Xylo MPV was positioned as a rival to the Innova and Mahindra came up with an innovative marketing pitch, positioning the Xylo as an alternate to the C-segment sedans, offering more space and versatility. while the Xylo never really managed to dethrone the Toyota Innova, by itself, the MPV has managed to do decent numbers, as is evident with the sales figures for the past 3 years.
The Mahindra Xylo has been positioned below the Scorpio SUV right from the very beginning and is a seven seater. The MPV got a facelift earlier this year, wih many new features added, revised styling and a brand new engine option. While the facelift has done its bit to keep the Xylo fresh and updated, the MPV still lags behind the Innova when it comes to the sales numbers as the Innova too got a facelift earlier this year, which was unveiled at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. however, the Xylo trumps the Innova in terms of the sheer number of variants and engine options on offer.
Also, the Xylo being priced lower than the Innova, along with the larger number of variants, gives the customer more choice. Currently, Mahindra sells the Xylo with three turbo diesel engine options spread across five variants. The base variants of the Xylo, namely the D2 and D4, aimed mainly at the cabbie crowd, feature the 2.5 Liter MDi CRDe 95 Bhp-220 Nm engine. The mid level variants of the Xylo, called the E4 and E8 feature the 2.5 Liter common rail mEagle turbo diesel engine pumping out 112 Bhp-260 Nm.
The top end variant of the Xylo, namely the E9, features the top of the line 2.2 Liter mHawk engine, producing 120 Bhp-280 Nm. This engine has been lifted straight from the Scorpio SUV and in a more powerful guise, also powers the flagship XUV500. The facelifted Xylo now comes with features like cruise control, voice activated controls and reverse sensors. Safety equipment includes twin airbags for the driver and front passenger along with ABS and EBD. The 2012 Xylo MPV is priced between INR 7.33 lakhs for the base D2 variant, to INR 10.47 lakhs, for the top end E9 variant, all prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures.