Report – Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant to be priced at INR 10.99 lakhs

Posted on: Oct 24, 2013 - 9:01am IST

Earlier this month, Indian Autos Blog scooped the cut-price Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant by telling you the exact features that would be (and wouldn’t be) available on this variant. Autocar India now reports that Mahindra will price this W4 variant at INR 10.99 lakhs ex-Showroom, New Delhi and that the launch would take place a few days before Diwali i.e end of this month.

Mahindra XUV500
The cut-price Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant will launch by the end of this month.
[Image of the top-end W8 variant used for illustration only]
To put things in perspective, the XUV500 range currently starts with the W6 variant which is priced at INR 12.01 lakhs ex-Showroom, New Delhi. While we were informed that the exteriors would feature no changes to identify it as a cut-price model, the INR 1.02 lakhs price cut has been achieved by deleting many features.

Features such as static bending headlights, an infotainment display, DVD player, driver information system, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic wipers and headlights, front foglights, climate control aircon, premium seat upholstery, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat (the W4 gets a 6-way adjustable seat), cruise control and steering mounted controls have been given a miss!

Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant features
Spec sheet of the XUV500 W4 variant added for reference.

Instead, the W4 retains the mechanical package of other XUV500 variants and will continue to be powered by the 2.2-liter mHawk engine outputting 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels. The W4 also retains certain safety features such as ABS and dual front airbags.

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5 thoughts on “Report – Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant to be priced at INR 10.99 lakhs

  1. Ayyappan says:

    Well, I see this as a desperate attempt to get their declining sales numbers up and going. They had already reduced the prices of XUV by around 33000 in July, which has not helped matters. And they were able to reduce prices because they reduced the ground clearance to 160mm (which is not ideal for a crossover ) by attaching an underbody stone guard and thereby avoiding the 3% additional excise duty.

    There’s immense pressure on M&M with all the recent releases turning out to be failures. The Quanto is down to 300+ units from a high of 3000 in 2012. Rexton, the Fortuner challenger from Ssangyong is hardly selling 100+ units monthly. The Verito and the newly launched Vibe put together doesn’t even clock 1000 units, The e2o is already forgotten. The Xylo is down to 1000+ again after clocking 2000+ last year and the XUV is down to 2000+ from a high 4000 mark last year. The only reason for the downward trend across the range after the initial euphoria is the poor quality make resulting in constant niggles. When reliability becomes a pain, negativity spreads and people lose faith ultimately.

    The only selling models from M&M stable would be the Bolero and Scorpio, which cater to the village markets, where just ruggedness can sell. While the more informed city folks pay attention to the details and in the process, has started to avoid M&M.

    I sincerely hope M&M can get their game up to global standards fast. Focus on producing a good quality car and then the design and features and not the other way round. Bear mind, the home grown maker advantage is becoming irrelevant ; Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Renault, Ford and others have become favorites of the urban population.

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  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    This is probably one of the best VFM situations in the entire automotive world, considering the amount of taxes, and levies that Mahindra has to cough out in India.

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  3. Deepak Chablani says:

    I feel anything above 10 lakhs on a car is a huge investment. And when you do make such a commitment, you need to ensure that the Return on Investment is good too. Unfortunately, I do not trust Mahindra with respect to quality, reliability of their cars and the after sales service is poor and resale value is awful.

    XUV500 was selling around 4000-5000 units every month around a year ago and the numbers have come crashing to around 2000 now. And it has failed miserably in overseas markets too.

    The reasons for the dramatic dip in terms of sales figures have been well publicized already and M&M have acknowledged the quality hiccups. Imagine the plight of customers- after spending 15-18 lakhs, they end up visiting the service centre once a week or getting stranded on highways often. Its like a great looking expensive T Shirt losing its color, texture after a few days of use. M&M would take another 7-10 years minimum to reach the standards of global biggies.

    I’d personally feel safe investing that amount in a Terrano or even a Safari Storme . Or better still, I’d wait till 2014 for the mini SUV’s from Maruti, Hyundai, Honda and possibly Toyota.

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  4. DRG says:

    Mahindra maintenance sucks..
    I was originally considering this as an alternative to Honda city..
    Overall VFM any comment by any body ? any body disputes my statement on maintenance ?

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    1. jay says:

      buy a version 2.0 Mahindra XUV. Till that date they will solve all issues. Performance and comfort, reliability will be much more because there is too much knowledge transformation and cooperation between Mahindra and ssangyong is going on…

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