The Mahindra XUV500 has been launched in the Chilean market. Mahindra says that this is just the beginning for exports and markets such as Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are up next for its Cheetah-inspired flagship.
The XUV500 is already exported to places such as South Africa, Sri Lanka, Italy and Nepal. For Chile, the XUV500 will be sold as a left hand drive version.
Mahindra already sells the Scorpio and the Genio pickup in Chile and the XUV is their newest addition. The XUV has been launched in partnership with Automotores Fortaleza, distributors who have been steadily building the brand in that region.
Mr. Juan Enrique Retamal, Business Manager, Automotores Fortaleza says that the XUV is positioned as an urban, family vehicle which is also ideal for outdoor activities. He also added that the response to Mahindra products in Chile has "surpassed expectations with increasing retails every month".
The XUV500 has been launched with the same 2.2-liter diesel engine producing 140bhp of power and 330Nm of torque. The transmission is the same 6-speed manual sold in India. Even the trim lines are that of India where 4WD technology is only offered on the top-end W8 variant.
The XUV500 in Chile will compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, says Mahindra.
Ruzbeh Irani, Chief Executive, International Operations, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said -
Mahindra is a well recognized brand in Chile. The Mahindra Scorpio is currently one of the top 5 players in large SUV segment and among the top 2 in diesel powered vehicles. Raising the bar, we are proud to introduce the Mahindra XUV500 – an unbeatable combination of distinctive styling and contemporary features, at a compelling price.
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