During the second week of January the Xylo celebrates its third birthday. The launch of the Xylo was the first time IndianAutosBlog.com witnessed a product launch. We got to see the car before the rest of the world and that memory will remain with us for years to come.
The Xylo was launched at a shocking price of 6.24 lakh rupees but didn't create a revolution in the way people traveled. Mahindra offered similar features of a top-end Innova for the price of a base Innova. Mahindra's efforts were not rewarded as the Toyota continued to impress showing no signs of slowing down.
In 2012, General Motors and Maruti Suzuki are ready to launch their missiles in the Xylo land. The MPV segment is on the brink of a model shower and the existing players are giving their vehicles a makeover to stay in the race. GM will launch the refreshed BS4 Tavera, the Innova facelift breaks cover and Auto Expo and the Xylo we see here, has gone under the scalpel too.
For the new Xylo the Auto Expo is a fine platform to be launched. The new Bolero's 2.5-liter low-cost CRDI engine is a tempting option for base variants. For the higher variants, Mahindra can look at the mHawk diesel engine that could provide better performance and lower NVH. The two features Xylo is in dire need is Bluetooth compatibility and multifunction steering wheel.
Mahindra can up the ante with these upgrades, revitalize the Xylo and be prepared for an assault of any magnitude.