Mangalore Taxi Launched Mahindra XUV Taxi for Car Rental and Taxi Services
Mahindra XUV Taxi for Car Rental and Taxi Services: Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), India’s leading manufacturer of utility vehicles on Thursday launched its new global sport utility vehicle XUV 500 at a starting price of Rs 10.80 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The company will begin bookings from Saturday. This is the first major utility vehicle launch from Mahindra after its Xylo launch.
Mahindra will position the XUV 500 between the Scorpio and the premium SUV range which comprises of the Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V and the likes. The XUV 500 will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
In the domestic market, it will be first available in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. It will be pitched against the likes of General Motors’ Captiva and the Toyota Fortuner, which are priced at around Rs 19-20 lakh. “XUV500 is much more than a car. It will be another cult vehicle, as Scorpio was.” The new vehicle would “redefine M&M as the Scorpio did nine years back”. M&M has made arrangements for an initial production capacity of 2,000 units a month.
The auto giant will manufacture the new SUV at its Chakan plant near Pune. Designed entirely at Mahindra’s R&D centre in Chennai, the XUV promises a lot of firsts for Mahindra. The XUV 500 is the country’s first indigenously developed monocoque SUV and also the first to offer a transverse engine layout. Since the XUV 500 is a global vehicle, it was conceived and designed with global standards of quality, technology, testing norms, regulations and emissions right from the very beginning.
Mahindra XUV 500 Specifications and Design
The XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre M-Hawk engine which is now in an east-west layout as against a north-south placement in other Mahindra vehicles. This engine develops 140bhp but more importantly has 330Nm of torque. Mated to this engine is another first for an all Indian vehicle – a six-speed manual gearbox, developed in-house by Mahindra itself as is the front wheel drive transfer case. Base models will be front wheel drive while another version will have an all wheel drive layout with a torque on demand mechanism also delivering drive to the rear wheels.
The grille of the XUV 500 is different while the front end treatment with projector headlamps, LED day-time running lights, large front bumper with streaked air dam and recessed fog lamps make for a menacing look.
The car has disc brakes abound on all four wheels and in addition there is ABS, EBD plus ESP to ensure safety. There are driver and front passenger air bags, start/stop is standard equipment and there is also hill descent control for the top line offering.
Pricing Ex-showroom Delhi
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 four wheel drive – Rs 10.80 lakhs
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 two wheel drive – Rs 11.95 lakhs
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 four wheel drive – Rs 12.88 lakhs