The XUV500 luxury crossover is Mahindra & Mahindra’s biggest success in recent times. Launched in 2011-end, the crossover has found 100,000 homes in India, in less than three years of launch. With sales of 100,000 units in just 33 months, the Mahindra XUV500 crossover has changed the landscape of the Indian car market’s D-Segment sedan space, what with it single handed-ly selling more than the combined sales of D-Segment sedans in India.
Indian buyers have shifted enmasse, from D-Segment sedans to crossovers and SUVs, which are more suited to the rough and tumble that Indian roads are notorious for. This shift in buying preference has seen many car makers scaling down their D-Segment sedan operations in India. For instance, Honda has pulled the plug on the Civic in India while Renault now sells the Fluence only with a turbo diesel engine option. Maruti Suzuki, for its part, has pulled out the Kizashi sedan.
Coming back to the XUV500, the crossover is Mahindra’s first homegrown monocoque product and also the first front wheel driven SUV in the Indian utility vehicle major’s line up. The crossover is also sold with an all wheel drive option. The XUV500 comes with a 7 seat capacity and a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that outputs 140 Bhp of peak power and 330 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard while an automatic version is in the works for a 2015 launch.
Mahindra is also working on a facelifted version of the XUV500 crossover, lined up for a launch next year. The facelifted crossover is expected to arrive with an automatic gearbox option. Come 2017, the crossover’s platform will also spawn a new monocoque MPV, whose development is currently underway at Mahindra’s recently established Research and Development wing at Troy, Michigan. A flagship product for Mahindra, the XUV500’s success will only spur the automaker to bigger challenges.