The Indian automaker Mahindra has decided to release some details about its new 2012 XUV500, which comes with some interesting features and pretty efficient fuel efficiency for an SUV, all of these for the price of the low-cost SUV top-of-the-line Dacia / Renault Duster.
According to the manufacturer, the 2012 XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 liter direct injection turbocharged diesel engine, delivering a total output of 140 horsepower and a peak of 330 Nm of torque, all of this with an average fuel consumption of 15 km / liter for the manual transmission, but the automatic version will be joined later.
Mahindra says that its 2012 XUV500 comes with ABS, six airbags, ESP, tire pressure sensors, LED front lights, digital instrumentation, rear mini-bar in the armrest and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Mahindra XUV500 is 4.58 meters long, 1.9 meters wide and weighs 2.450 kilograms, but most importantly it will be priced between 16.000 and 19.000 euros in India, but the version for the European auto market may be more expensive.
I wonder what kind of people would buy the Mahindra XUV500 in Europe and when will someone wake up in the morning and say: “Well the Mercedes is quite expensive, I don’t like the Hyundai, I think I will buy a Mahindra!”. Besides that, another problem is that you will have to constantly explain to your friends and your new girlfriend what is a “Mahindra”. That’s why nobody buys the Koenigsegg. Sure, it’s good looking, fun to drive and so on, but what name is that for a supercar?