Mahindra XUV500 Aero at the 2016 Auto Expo

Mahindra has produced a show car for the first time in its history, and it’s called the Aero. Based on the XUV500 platform, the Aero is a coupe crossover form of the XUV. The Aero may be put into production in the times to come, with Dr. Pawan Goenka of Mahindra saying that the concept will take about 30 months to be put into production after the greenlight.

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Mahindra is currently evaluating on whether the Aero makes sense for the Indian car market, and showgoer feedback will be one factor that’ll be considered as and when the automaker takes a call on the concept’s production potential. A decision on this front is expected to come in 3 months from now. The Aero was designed by Mahindra’s in-house team of designers, with the prototyping done by the automaker’s latest acquisition, Pininfarina.

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The Aero is powered by the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, in a powerful state of tune. In fact, the 210 Bhp state of tune of the mHawk diesel motor is its most powerful ever. The Aero is quite unique, in that it features a four door layout. While one door makes for the hatch lid, the left hand side of the coupe crossover has Rolls Royce style doors, one regular and one suicide-type. On the right hand (driver’s) side, the concept features only one door.

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If the Aero is put into production, it’s likely to be about 25 % pricier than the XUV500. A price tag of 20 lakh rupees is likely for the vehicle, which will make it Mahindra’s most expensive ever.The concept vehicle also featured advanced infotainment and connectivity options, in keeping with the overall futuristic theme.  If productionised, the Aero will roll out from Mahindra’s Chakan factory, which kick started operations 5 years ago in 2011, with the XUV500.