Mahindra XUV500, the car that has literally taken the sales charts by storm is all set to take its sales to an altogether higher level. Mahindra is said to be working on two more variants of the XUV 500 which will further increase the appeal of the SUV, the base W4 variant will be stripped off of the fancy features but still be value for money and the W10 variant will have even more features as compared to the W8 variant.. The Mahindra XUV500 has been a game changer of all sorts as the car managed to clock 50,000 units in just 16 months which was a landmark. Mahindra also introduced a new colour for the car to attract more buyers, named Arctic Blue and the SUV still has quite high waiting periods.
Updated on 6th November 2013
The base variant of the Mahindra XUV500, the W4 has been launched in India.
Mahindra XUV500 W4: Rs. 10.95 Lakh
Mahindra has also revised the prices of all other variants of the XUV500, the new price list is as follows:
- Mahindra XUV500 W4: Rs. 10.95 Lakh
- Mahindra XUV500 W6: Rs. 12.01 Lakh
- Mahindra XUV500 W8: Rs. 13.61 Lakh
- Mahindra XUV500 W8 AWD: Rs. 14.64 Lakh
All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
On the outside the only features which set the XUV500 W4 apart from the other variants are the front fog lamps and the side-cladding. You still get the projector headlamps with integrated LED day-time running lamps, dual-exhaust pipes at the rear, steel wheels with full-wheelcaps, roof rails etc. In all the W4 still has all the design elements which made it a hit in the first place.
On the inside you get new fabric on the seats, only beige interiors and loose out on many features found on the W6 variant.
Standard features on the Mahindra XUV500 W4 include:
- Centre console integrated music player with CD / MP3 compatibility, connected to 4-speakers
- Tachometer and Digital Trip meter in the instrument console
- Tilt-adjust steering
- Manually operated air-conditioning unit
- Electrically operated ORVMs
- 6-way adjustable driver seat
- Flip key with remote operable central locking, tailgate opening, and fuel-lid opener
- Front reading lamp
- 12V charging socket at the front
So what does it miss out? Well, nothing essential, the features which brought ‘oooh’ factor into the W6 variant are gone. Stuff like the cornering lights, infotainment display on the centre console, rain-sensing wipers, parking assist system, light sensing headlamps etc. are gone.
The Mahindra XUV500 W4 doesn’t skimp on safety, it gets all the features that the W6 variant gets including:
- Driver and front passenger airbags
- ABS with EBD
The Mahindra XUV500 is more affordable now thanks to the W4 variant, but will it sell when the features that attracted customers towards it in the first place have been ditched?
Let us know your thoughts on the Mahindra XUV500 W4 in the comment section below, and keep tuned in to Car Blog India.
Updated on 26th October 2013
Autocar India reports that Mahindra will be launching the base variant of the XUV500, the Mahindra XUV500 W4 soon to cash in on the festive season. The Mahindra XUV500 W4 will cost about Rs. 11 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, which is about Rs. 1 Lakh cheaper than the W6 variant.
Mahindra will ditch some of the fancy equipment found on the other variants like rain-sensing wipers, automatic cornering lamps, front fog lamps, automatic climate control, powered ORVMs etc. It will not look any different from the outside apart from the steel wheels with full wheel covers and the missing front fog lamps. Features like the projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps will be retained as they attract a lot of customers.
The Mahindra XUV500 W4 will be powered by the same 2.2-litre 140 BHP/330 Nm diesel engine which will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as other variants. Power will be transmitted only to the rear wheels. The new variant along with the improvements added to the SUV, Mahindra hopes, is enough to attract more customers. The W4 variant, if the price estimates are right, will now compete against the Renault Duster RxL Option (84 BHP) and Nissan Terrano XL Plus (84 BHP). The new variant also closes the gap between the XUV500 and the Ford EcoSport in terms of price.
We will have to wait till Mahindra launches the XUV500 W4 to know for sure what features it will lose and deliver a verdict if it makes any sense. Initial reports are very encouraging though. Would you buy the Mahindra XUV500 W4? Let us know in the comments section below.
Updated on 25th March 2013
In order to garner more sales, Mahindra is planning two new variants for the car which will give the car a further stronger hold of the segment. One of them will be the top end variant, probably the W10 which will come with a slew of bells and whistles. The XUV500 is in itself a very loaded car and the addition of newer features will just increase the already extensive feature list.
There will also be an entry level variant of the car which would be named W4 and will be devoid of the creature comforts found on the XUV 500 as standard. Since it will be stripped down of a lot of features, it will witness a decrease in price making it a real value for money. Also, the drop in prices will mean that it will be available at a pricing at par or even lower than the Duster, giving the Mahindra car a big advantage over the Duster.
The XUV 500, no matter how much capable a car, has been facing heat from the launch of the Safari Storme and the Duster becoming an instant hit. The addition of two new variants will make the car accessible to a wider range of people. The ones who like a lot of bells and whistles in their cars will get the top end variant and the ones who found the features a bit of an overkill, can go in for the base model. The base variant might just eat into the sales of the Scorpio as well as it costs marginally less than the current base model of the XUV 500. An automatic XUV 500 is also rumoured to be in works and will rival the Safari Automatic. The Indian SUV buyers are in for a treat with better specced cars in the near future.