The Mahindra XUV500 has bounced back, inching out the Jeep Compass in January 2018 sales, but only just. While Mahindra dispatched 2,316 units of the XUV500 to dealerships across the country, Jeep ran a close second with 2,106 dispatches of the Compass.
The Tata Hexa came a distant third, with 873 dispatches in January, a month that sees a lot of pent-up demand due to the previous December traditionally being a slow month. Both the XUV500 and Compass overlap significantly in terms of pricing although they have a significantly different sets of features, and also are differently sized vehicles.
The XUV500 is now available with both petrol and diesel engines, both of them turbocharged. The petrol motor is based on the diesel unit, and is also called the mHawk. It even displaces an identical 2.2 liter, and produces 140 Bhp-330 Nm outputs. The diesel motor, also with the same capacity, makes 140 Bhp-330 Nm.
Mahindra also offers a smaller, 1.99 liter version of the mHawk diesel engine specifically for the NCR market, but with no change in power and torque outputs. The petrol engine gets a 6 speed automatic, and a front wheel drive layout as standard. The diesels are available with both 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes, and front and all wheel drive layouts. Prices of the XUV500 start from Rs. 12.81 lakhs, going up to Rs. 18.9 lakhs. Mahindra has plans of launching a facelifted XUV500 soon.
The Jeep Compass, like the XUV500 is available with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The petrol is a 1.4 liter unit with 160 Bhp-250 Nm outputs. The petrol variants are front wheel driven, with 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The diesel engine is a 2 liter unit with 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. Front wheel drive and four wheel drive options are available on the diesel. Prices of the Compass start from Rs. 15.16 lakhs, going up to Rs. 21.92 lakhs. Jeep will coon introduce diesel automatic and Trailhawk variants of the Compass in India.