The homegrown automajor Mahindra & Mahindra has now launched the entry level 'W4' variant of its flagship SUV, the XUV500 at a price of Rs 10.83 lakh (ex-showroom, pre-octroi, Mumbai). Since it's a stripped down version of the car, it loses out on some key features, though it still carries a bunch of exciting features.
The features that Mahindra has dropped are ESP, hill hold, hill descent control, rain sensing wipers, touchscreen infotainment system, DVD players, GPS navigation, tyre pressure monitoring (TPM) system and few more. However, it still is a rich car in terms of equipment with features like Dual Airbags, projector headlamps with LEDs, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), side impact beams, crash protection with crumple zones, Twin HVAC, power & tilt steering, all wheel disc brakes, power adjustable ORVMs, remote central locking and many more.
In terms of design, spaciousness and efficiency, the car remains unchanged. It continues to derive its power from the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel powertrain, which produces 140bhp and 330Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). Now when the drivetrain is two wheel drive (2WD) with W4, it won't be as good an off-roader as a 4WD variant of the car. In fact the company has brought this vehicle in competition with the Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster, which are also urban vehicles.
Speaking on the XUV500 W4, Dr. Pawan Goenka, executive director & president, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, M&M said, "The XUV500 has resonated very well with our customers since its launch and has since become a trendsetter within the Indian automotive industry. With over 74,000 vehicles on the road within two years of launch, the XUV500 is one of our most successful launches. As a customer centric organisation, we have incorporated customer feedback at every step and evolved and today's W4 model launch bears testimony to the same.