Mahindra is facing slowing down sales in India and the automaker is readying up special edition versions and facelifts of its existing range of utility vehicles to pep up things at the hustings. One such special edition model from the the Indian utility vehicle major is the XUV500’s Sportz variant. Initial details suggest that the Sportz variant of the XUV500 is a sticker job at best. The XUV500 Sportz is likely to be launched in the weeks to come.
On the inside, the changes are minor, with a redesigned arm rest being the only change. In terms other feature additions, the Sportz special edition variant of the XUV500 gains a reverse camera Expect the XUV500 Sportz edition to be priced slightly higher than the regular variants of the crossover. The XUV500 seats seven adults and comes in W4, W6, W8 and W8 AWD trims. Prices start at 10.86 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Mechanically, the crossover will remain unchanged. Propulsion will come by means of a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine that is rated at 140 Bhp-330 Nm. Torque transmission to the front wheels will be through a six speed manual gearbox. Mahindra also offers an all wheel drive layout on the top end W8 variant of the XUV500. The crossover will gain a 6 speed automatic gearbox next year, along with a major facelift.
A flagship vehicle of Mahindra & Mahindra, the XUV500 features a monocoque structure and comes with features hitherto unseen on Mahindra vehicles. An advanced infotainment system, electrically adjustable seats, airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS, hill hold and descent control and automatic climate control are a few of the features offered on the XUV500. The crossover has had a very successful run, right from its launch during the end of 2011, with total domestic sales breaching the 85,000 units mark. The XUV500 is also exported from India.
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