Notice: Mahindra Planet will refrain from the usual flow of low key, snark-filled comments about Mahindra in the US in the following post.
Why the reprieve from MP’s de rigueur glibness? Because the XUV500 really is a vehicle that Mahindra and India is (and rightly should be) extremely proud of.
The Mahindra XUV500 officially launched yesterday in India. It is Mahindra’s first completely in-house automotive design and engineering effort. Mahindra has spent years developing the XUV500, with test mules being spotted around India on and off for last three years alone.
As MP has described before, it is a front engine, 4-cylinder diesel, front wheel drive or all wheel drive, unitized construction, SUV. Performance and driving evaluations are yet to be available, but judging by the overall look of the SUV and the known performance of the 2.2 liter mHawk engine, it certainly seems like the Mahindra should at least be competitive with other vehicles in its class.
The styling is fantastic. Mahindra did a great job of retaining brand identity and creating a unique design which will make a lasting impression. The interior details look great, and fit and finish appear to be miles ahead of any other Mahindra SUV or pickup.