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We learn through dealer sources that Mahindra will launch a new base variant ‘W4′ for the XUV500 by the end of this month, that misses out on equipment, thereby allowing the vehicle to have a lower starting price.

As the auto industry is experiencing a decline that was driven further downhill by the excise duty hike on SUVs, manufacturers including Mahindra have seen sales fall over the last six months. Another problem for Mahindra is a growing race of competitors – the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and impending introduction of the Nissan Terrano are trying to tap into Mahindra’s market share.

These vehicles haven’t cannibalized sales of the Scorpio or the XUV500, but a variant that positions it closer to this segment’s target customer may tempt a few to upgrade from the lower segments.

The XUV500 which consistently sold over 3,500 units a month, is now managing just over 2,000 units. The W4 variant, with a significant price advantage (currently retailed for between 12.01-14.64 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi) could rev up numbers.

The sheet here lists all the features on the W4, but allow us to wrap it up for you.

Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant features

Features sheet of the Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant.

Technologically, the Mahindra XUV500 W4 gets the same 2.2L diesel engine (140bhp/330Nm), start-stop and six-speed transmission, but it lacks the 6-inch touchscreen infotainment display, DVD player, tyre pressure sensor, parking assistant, rain sensing wipers and light sensing headlamps.

In safety, the W4 features dual airbags, and ABS with EBD, but misses out on ESP, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control. Cosmetically, the car does not have front foglamps, twin exhaust tips, roof rails or cladding strips.

On the aspect of comfort, the base variant bids goodbye to telescopic steering, fully-automatic temperature control, power-folding side mirrors and premium fabric upholstery.

In the matter of convenience, the car lacks cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, illuminated key ring, camping lamp, puddle lamps and door ajar lamps.

The price difference between the W4 and the W6 is not available to us, but it won’t be long before Mahindra reveals this detail.

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  • Rajesh

    Should have retained Climate Control, Parking sensors, front fog lamps and steering audio controls….to stand out. Else, its just another SUV in a different skin !!!

  • Aditya

    Hey Shrawan,

    Do you have any idea whether a higher version of the XUV will be launched anytime soon (w10)? I had read earlier that a higher version may include features or maybe even the engine from the Rexton?

    Also one Mahindra salesperson told me that an anniversary edition of the XUV might be around the corner; maybe with a sunroof! any truth to this?

    regards,

    Aditya

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      Hi Aditya, we don’t have any idea about this, let us investigate the variants and come back to you.

  • Srini

    There are no power windows in W4 variant or I didnt check it properly. Thats a bit of surprise as the spec shows airbags but no power windows. Please confirm..

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      Hello! The spec sheet says ‘Power Windows with driver side express down’ is missing, which could mean that the express down feature is what is missing.

  • Deepak Chablani

    The new low cost XUV variant wouldn’t really excite an informed buyer. The XUV sales have been crashing only because of the poor quality and related issues, which has been openly acknowledged by M&M. They’ve already done a recall and claimed to have rectified the issues but it has not helped them gain the confidence of the customer.

    As a customer, when you’re spending more than 10 lacs on your car, you want a hassle free ownership experience. You don’t want to go through risky situations when you’re with your family because of the car. As of now, the XUV with its bonnet kept open and break down scenes on the highways are common sights. So the big learning for a manufacturer or a customer is that first and foremost a car is not about design and a long list of features, a car should be mechanically robust and reliable. And then, the design should be attractive and contemporary. And the features should work as intended 100% of the time. Imagine the auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers not working when you’re travelling through a remote location !

    • Prashant

      Deepak, from what you said what I infer is that instead of the sales of XUV declining they should increase. Why? Because all the problematic stuff that used to malfunction earlier will now be taken down from the upcoming W4 variant.

      No unnecessary electronics would mean a basic car with no hassles as there won’t be much to go wrong- no tyre pressure sensor, no parking assistant, no rain sensing wipers and no light sensing headlamps :D :P

      • Ayyappan

        I think the issue list for XUV500 is not just restricted to the electronics bit, there’s plenty reported already. Per insider info it might take another year or so for M&M to really sort out all the issues.

      • Ray

        This is truly driving the point home. M&M are best at making rugged vehicles and have a lot to learn before they can switch to aesthetics. So going back to their basics with the W4, esp at an attractive price point (say, on road price less than Rs.10 lakhs) will re-establish the reliability factor and improve volumes.