The XUV500 was comprehensively developed by Mahindra with one aim in mind – a world SUV to take on the big wigs of the automotive world. As soon as the XUV500 was launched in India, it set the cash register ringing for Mahindra so loudly that the company had shut bookings to cater to the existing demand. It also gave them the liberty to hike prices and the extra amount is not bogging down the interest around owning this vehicle.
During the launch of XUV500 itself, Mahindra had announced their plan of taking their latest SUV to European roads. Mahindra has now officially announced XUV’s first European market is going to be Spain.
The company plans to launch the XUV500 in Spain soon with two trim levels – W6 and W8. Under the hood will be a mHawk 2.2 liter diesel engine rated at 140 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. It will be only available in a 6 speed manual variant with both 2WD and 4WD. Other features such as hill hold function, ESP, alloy wheels, a DVD player and a navigation system will also be present
XUV500 will compete against cars like the Dacia Duster in the European market. Ironically, Renault plans to launch the Duster in India very soon to compete against XUV500’s little brother Scorpio. If the Spanish market entry is successful, we will soon see the XUV in other European countries by 2013.