Mahindra XUV 500 Raises Mahindra’s profile in SUV market
Despite the fact that Mahindra XUV 500 was launched for the first time in South Africa in 2011, it gives other manufacturers a run for their money. A much improved version of this car was again introduced in 2015 and it has been embraced by many South Africans as you notice it where ever you go. The 7-seater SUV is not a direct competition to other cars like Fortunner, Landwind 5 and Trailblazer as it enjoys its own space in the market place.
A brand new, highly advanced automatic transmission, sourced from leading global transmission manufacturer Aisin, has since been approved for use in the XUV500, and has now been added as an option to the XUV500 model range in South Africa.
The brand new, second-generation auto transmission links a torque converter to planetary gears for smooth, precise gear shifts. It offers the best of both worlds, achieving the quick responses of a manual transmission with the refinement, convenience and ease of use associated with automatic transmissions.
The six-speed design has been optimised for both response and fuel efficiency, thanks to a carefully selected ratio set that ensures brisk acceleration and midrange tractability, while the overdrive sixth gear allows economical open-road cruising.
The intelligent transmission seamlessly adapts to different driving conditions, and is equipped with a ‘creep’ function to easily cope with stop/start driving conditions in urban traffic. A manual override mode still offers enthusiast drivers the option of shifting gears themselves for even greater driver involvement and control.
The automatic transmission is linked to the XUV500’s powerful, efficient turbo diesel engine. The 2,2-litre four-cylinder mHawk 140 turbo diesel makes use of a variable geometry turbocharger to produce 103 kW of maximum power at 3 750 r/min.
The impressive torque peak of 330 Nm is reached at just 1 600 r/min, and sustained to 2 800 r/min, ensuring athletic responses, excellent in-gear tractability and superior lugging power.
At 7,4 litres/100 km for the combined cycle (two-wheel drive version), linked to CO2 exhaust emissions of just 196 g/km, the XUV500 W8 Automatic also counts efficiency among its talents.
An all-independent suspension sees front MacPherson struts combined with a multilink rear set-up. The latter was specially tuned by sports car maker Lotus for optimum handling and response. A power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system ensures confident, sure-footed control.
The automatic transmission-equipped version of the New Age XUV500 retains all the attractions and benefits of the powerful, spacious and well-equipped SUV that made its debut last year.
Thanks to its fresh, cheetah-inspired styling, high comfort levels, seven-seater cabin and muscular turbo diesel drive train, the classy Mahindra SUV is becoming an increasingly regular sight on SA roads.
Aesthetic highlights include a smart glossy black grille with a subtle chrome accents and black mesh inserts. Cleanly styled headlights with a curved LED daytime running light signature add to the XUV500’s cheetah-inspired frontal design.
. PRICING, SERVICE AND WARRANTY
The New Age XUV500 is available through Mahindra’s national dealer network. Recommended retail prices are as follows
XUV500 W4 R272 995
XUV500 W6 R319 995
XUV500 W8 R354 995
XUV500 W8 AWD R374 995
XUV500 W8 Auto R389 995
The pricing includes a five-year/150 000 km warranty, and a five-year/100 000 km service plan. Services are at 20 000 km intervals or every 12 months, whichever comes first.
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