Spied - Mahindra testing the Zebra-striped mini Xylo in Northern Europe

05/02/2012 - 10:02 | ,  ,  ,   | Kaustubh Shinde

It looks like M&M isn’t taking any chances with the Mini Xylo. The Mini Xylo has been on test for donkey’s years now in India. However, our friends at WorldCarFans have spotted a lightly camouflaged test mule near northern Europe undergoing winter testing.

Mahindra Mini Xylo frontMahindra Mini Xylo sideMahindra Mini Xylo rear

Generally, Indian manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Force Motors et al do their winter testing in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. However, this Indian manufacturer has gone much further for winter testing.

The Mini Xylo has been in the pipeline for a long time now. Most specifications and interior shots have been widely discussed by IAB over the last two odd years. The Mini Xylo was supposed to debut at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi. However, M&M chose to delay the launch by a few months.

Mahindra always wanted to launch its range of SUVs in US and Europe. Although US launch did not go as planned, yet the company is trying very hard to establish its foothold across the Atlantic.

When it comes to Europe, the latest launch of M&M – XUV500 is all set to enter the European markets by 2013. However, the hottest selling product in Europe right now is the Dacia Duster, a compact SUV around 10,000 GBP (7-8 lakhs). The Mini Xylo will be a lot cheaper than the Duster and will offer 2 extra seating. Has that thought crossed Mr Anand Mahindra's mind?

[Source: Worldcarfans.com]

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