Mahindra managed to put India on Global scenario well thanks to their SUV Range. The Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid is not on roll yet, but it already made things quite interesting. With its aggressive but a touch of futuristic looks, it manages to pack beef under hood. But will it manage to impress us all? Well we have to tie the seat belt and see what it offers!
Mahindra XUV500 Auto Expo Video [ credits: bikeadvice ]
The New Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid carries the concept of cheetah. Yes jaw shaved front grille, paw handles and pouncing bodylines remain the same. The concept of making a vehicle look like its moving whiles it still is commendable. With monocoque construction a single frame instead of traditional version of body on frame has been used. This platform helps for improving handling as well as safety of the ride.
Front face with honeycomb jaw resembling cheetah is something we always wanted to see. However Mahindra have cleverly carried this design with the see through dark colored bonnet. Yes, you heard me right. Instead of being a metal head, the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid exterior features a carbon see through hood. Apart from all the hybrid badging in rear and side, this hood makes the hybrid version look different from standard Mahindra XUV500.
Going into other details, the head lamps remain the same, two barrel shaped along with side indicators. As for rear profile, linings here are appraisable. Everything remain almost the same except for additional hybrid badge with model name. In addition of rear, the side profiles also remain the same. One thing I must say, Mahindra did managed to give this hybrid a macho look.
Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Interior
As for intro, the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Interior will remain identical to standard one. However, we are expecting a few changes. The expectation list include names of special gauges for hybrid system, different driving moods, a bit modern seating, climate control, reverse camera and 2 DIN music. To dig deep into details, we will now detail the previous version!
The standard Mahindra XUV500 is something astonishing inside. With comfortable seating for 7 passengers, there is also addition of notable luxury features. Side bench seat featured in middle row can be folded, two seats in last row are foldable as well. Dashboard centers the long console which grabs attention of everyone entering this vehicle. A 6 inch touchscreen with color monochrome display and audio control is main entertainment hub. The front dash is installed with 4 AC vents.
As for the steering wheel, it’s a blend of sportiness and traditionalism. A sporty look covered in leather with control buttons, something bold! I would also like to mention cabin lighting which sets mood. Made in two tone, the inside is covered with both fabric and leather upholstery. A clever yet ravishing setting by Mahindra, it sure is impressive!
Engine and Performance
At nothing moment, nothing much have been said about the engine. But going what we have noted so far, the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Engine will remain as 2.2 L M-Hawk Diesel. This engine will be producing 140 BHP and 330 Nm. With the gas, the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid will also enjoy an electric motor. However the official stats of this motor have not been released yet. What we know so far is this engine will be powered by Lithium ion batters.
Coming to brakes, we are expecting the hybrid drive train. Transmission will remain as 6 Speed Manual. But, we believe that Mahindra will introduce the AMT in order to obtain max output from the power houses. We are also expecting a few features from standard version. Features such as all-wheel drive and direct fuel injection along variable geometry turbocharger for improving overall performance. Noting that, if the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid want to be successful. It needs to be as tough as standard XUV500 and should be capable of surviving on rough terrain. In addition, the top speed should be near 185 Km/h as standard version or at least it should be 150 km/l considering the fact that it`s an hybrid.
Pricing and Possible Launch
At the Auto Expo 2014, it was confirmed that the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Launch will be in mid-2015. However, dates were not specified. As for the pricing, according to reports. The Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Price tag will be expensive than W6 2WD. Yes, it will be coming at 13.2 Lac.
With beasty power, the XUV500 is also rich in style and tech features. As we know the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid top speed have been Stretched, a robust mechanism is in need for braking. Keeping that in mind both front and rear brakes are installed with disc caliper types. As for suspension, the monocoque design on all 4 wheels have been incorporated.
The front wheels come with McPherson Strut while the Rear gets Multi-link with anti-roll. Additional features include Anti-Lock Braking system with electronic stability program. The Hill Hold and Descent control makes this ride suitable for hilly areas and with ESP Climbing, this vehicle is ready to deal with any terrain.
There won`t be much praise if entertainment fails to impress us. Therefore the new Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid Features include advanced audio system with a 6 inch DIS infotainment system. This displays every bit of information related to the ride and music. Voice command have been integrated. The XUV500 features CD MP3 Player for entry level variant. But there is a DVD player W8 and W8 4WD. In addition there is also a port for iPod to be connected with music system. With integrated four speakers, it’s a fun house on wheels.