Mahindra & Mahindra introduced the XUV500 a while back and since then it has not looked back. In fact the manufacturer is making sincere efforts to launch the Mahindra XUV500 in other global markets. Lately we came to know that Mahindra is going to launch this SUV in the Australian market and a confirmation on this comes from ANCAP.
Australian New Car Assessment Program, abbreviated as ANCAP, is an automobile organization that conducts crash tests for new cars and assesses them depending on the results. It also gives star ratings to these vehicles depending on the level of occupant safety they provide. Now obviously a car which is to be launched in the Australian market has to pass the ANCAP test regime and gladly the XUV has done so that too with a four star rating.’
image – Mahindra XUV500 ANCAP Test
The credit is to be given to XUV’s monocoque construction which Mahindra has made an attempt at for the very first time. Before the test began, Mahindra would have wished a rating of five stars but even with a score of four, Mahindra XUV500 is now at par with Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mini Countryman etc.
Talking about how well the car performed in the test regime, this Indian-built SUV obtained 26 points out of 37 which is good. The total score includes 10 of 16 points in frontal offset crash test and 16 of 16 points in side impact test. According to the report, there were a couple of areas where the XUV didn’t perform well. Firstly the XUV500 lost its structural integrity in the frontal offset crash test. Secondly there was excessive rearward movement of the brake pedal which could lead to serious leg injury for the driver. Thirdly the fuel line got ruptured and lastly the tailgate opened even though Mahindra had tried to rectify this problem earlier.
Mahindra is delighted with this score as it is the highest ever achieved by the firm. Previously it had obtained 2 star rating for Pick-up dual-cab ute in 2008 and 3 star rating for the car’s upgraded model during the early quarter.
via – ANCAP