Mahindra XUV500 mid-size SUV has completed five years in India. The Mahindra XUV500 was first introduced in India in September 2011 and became an instant in the Indian car market. The XUV500 was the first SUV manufactured by Mahindra to come with a monocoque chassis and was launched to fill the gap between compact SUVs and full size premium SUVs. The design of the Mahindra XUV500 is based on the fastest land animal, Cheetah. The Mahindra XUV500 has been completely designed in-house at the company’s facilities in Nasik and Chennai while the production is carried out at the Nasik plant in Maharashtra.
The Mahindra XUV500 is available in a total four trim levels along with a total of 17 variants depending on the engine options, transmission and the 2WD & AWD systems. Features list include a touch-screen infotainment system with GPS navigation, 6-speaker music system with Bluetooth compatibility and USB & Aux-in support, automatic climate control system, electric sunroof, rear AC vents, three power sockets, keyless entry, push button start/stop, cruise control, rear parking sensors, parking assist along with reverse camera, leather seat upholstery, 8 way electrically adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable & retractable ORVMs, automatic head lamps, daytime running lights, follow me home headlamps and passive cornering headlights.
As far as safety features are concerned, the Mahindra XUV500 comes with 6 airbags, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Hold Control, Traction Control System, Hill Descent Control, Remote Central Locking and Engine immobilizer among others.
The Mahindra XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk four cylinder, turbo diesel engine that is capable of producing 140 BHP of maximum power at 3750 RPM along with a peak torque output of 330 Nm between 1600-2800 RPM. Transmission duties are carried out by a 6-speed manual gearbox developed in assistance with Ricardo while the car also gets a 6-speed automatic transmission sourced from AISIN. Following the diesel ban in Delhi and NCR, the car is also available with a 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine that churns out similar power figures as that of the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The Mahindra XUV500 is available with both two wheel drive (2WD) and four wheel drive (4WD) systems.