Mahindra U203, will you remain as a test mule forever?

21/12/2011 - 15:17 | ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Mahindra U203 spiedMahindra's segment-redefining compact Xylo has been caught yet again testing in Pune by our friends at Anything-On-Wheels. The sub-4 meter hatchback is the first diesel small car to have two rows of MPV comfort. Features in IAB's wishlist for the mini Xylo are auto climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth pairing, MP3/USB-compatible audio player, ABS, front airbags, responsive engine and 18+kmpl mileage.

It will not win Mahindra any beauty contests, but the value-for-money factor will compensate for any visual nuisances. There is a big market for the car in the taxicab circuit.

Mahindra has left out the compact Xylo from the Auto Expo show cars but sometime in 2012, the vehicle will be launched. The highlight of any Mahindra launch is the moment of price announcement. If Mahindra can start the mini Xylo at 4.5 lakh rupees, it can be the XUV500 equivalent of the B+ hatchback segment.

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