Bad news for fans hoping for a smoother Mahindra XUV 500 experience – the automatic transmission version is likely to be postponed till 2014 as Mahindra Cars struggles to find the right supplier. Mahindra Cars made an immediate impact on the market when it launched its flagship SUV vehicle, the XUV500. The XUV500 wowed consumers and was named the Most Reputed Car Brand in India by Bluebytes News Private Ltd in the inaugural issue of its Reputation Benchmark Study for the Auto Sector. This flagship car was designed and developed entirely by the company’s own research and development team. Mahindra also ran several tests to judge the suitability of the XUV500 for international markets including Europe, Australia and South Africa.
The styling is intriguing in that it aims to mimic a ‘pouncing cheetah’, starting from the ‘paw-styled’ door handles to the sleek lines of the car. The Mahindra XUV 500 features India’s first indigenously developed monocoque design with the first transverse engine offering from Mahindra. The monocoque construction means that the body and the chassis are built as a single unit. Mahindra claims that this results in “unmatched handling and undiluted driving pleasure.” Mahindra XUV 500 has a 2179cc mHawk engine which is the same engine used in the Mahindra Scorpio and the Xylo. The 5th generation variable turbocharger ensures instantaneous acceleration, taking the XUV500 from 0-60kmph in a mere 5.4 seconds. Mahindra claims an unmatched efficiency of 15.1 KM per litre (ARAI). Mahindra XUV 500 automatic launch delayed.
The SUV comes with Borg Warner’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology which automatically transitions between two wheel and all wheel drive, without any intervention on your part. The system is designed to work on all surfaces including slippery surfaces, heavy rain, snow or even ice. With a transverse placed engine, the XUV500 offers passengers more space. It also provides more safety and also increased crumple zone, as befits a global player. Unfortunately this also means that Mahindra have had more trouble finding the right engine for a proposed automatic transmission version (Mahindra XUV 500 AT). The current engine used in the automatic transmission version of the Mahindra Scorpio does not meet the requirement as it cannot be placed in a transverse layout. Development of a new system is likely to take up to two years. A long wait ahead for fans!The Mahindra XUV 500 price starts at Rs. 11.58 Lakh for the base model, touching Rs. 14.10 Lakh for the top of the range (ex-showroom New Delhi). Mahindra XUV 500 pictures are available at all over the internet and can be viewed to get better notion about the car’s looks and exteriors. I shared that Much awaited Nissan Evalia specifications finally revealed.