Mahindra’s showstopper at the 2016 Auto Expo, the XUV Aero created quite a ripple. The unique design of the concept attracted a lot of visitors who loved the bold design. According to ZigWheels, the XUV Aero has now been given a green signal for production and here are 10 things that you should know about the upcoming car.
Designed by Indian team with Pininfarina inputs
The XUV Aero has been designed by an Indian team led by Ramkripa Ananthan and her 45-member local team. The XUV Aero is also the first Mahindra vehicle to have received critical design inputs from the Italian design firm Pininfarina.
Pininfarina was acquired by Mahindra soon before the Aero’s development started. Pawan Goenka, executive director, Mahindra and Mahindra, taking about the XUV Aero’s design said,
We have seen one or two products fail because of that (design). The Indian customers like a little bit of flamboyance, it would be a little bit over the top. Some experts may say, M&M have gone overboard, I would say, yes M&M has gone overboard by design and not by accident.
Mahindra is planning to put a price tag of Rs. 20-25 lakh on the XUV Aero when launched. It will make the unique SUV-Coupe Aero, the cheapest car to carry the design. Currently, the cheapest SUV-Coupe is the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe which is priced at Rs. 90.96 lakh, ex-showroom. SUV-Coupes have a unique design that cannot be ignored easily.
Was to be sold as an all-electric vehicle but now goes turbo-diesel
Mahindra announced sometime back that they are exploring the possibility of launching the Aero as only an all-electric vehicle. Pawan Goenka commented that the Aero would be a high-end electric vehicle and the company is looking at the cost of high-voltage powertrain technology to power the vehicle. However, Mahindra has now decided to use turbo diesel power. The XUV Aero would get the same mHawk diesel engine that the concept featured
No seven seats for the XUV Aero
The swooping roof of the XUV Aero will give it a style statement for sure, but it will take away space from the vehicle. Unlike the XUV500 that gets 3-row seats that can seat up to 7 people, the XUV Aero will only get 2-rows and five seats. The absence of a row will increase the leg space in the middle row significantly.
Production-ready model to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018
Mahindra will showcase the production-ready model at the Auto Expo 2018. Production is expected to begin after the showcasing.