After teasing it earlier this week, Mahindra – now the proud owner of Italian designer house Pininfarina – has officially taken the wraps off their latest concept, dubbed the XUV Aero.
For an Indian product this prototype looks fairly interesting – and we may remember Mahindra even has a design studio in the United States – and the company says the model has been deemed responsible to challenge ordinary life and spread towards new horizons, with the XUV Aero concept being imagined as a crossover coupe that “takes the spirit of the cheetah and gives it an urban manifestation.” We’re not so sure the cheetah would agree to the marketing poetry, but the XUV Aero does come with a sporty front end with LED headlights and mesh grille inserts. It also packs arched wheel fenders, a bespoke tailgate as well as the coupe-like sloping roofline that seems inspired by the BMW X6. We also noticed the rakish windscreen, the rear diffuser, and a set of dual exhausts.
The automaker was more refrained when discussing the cabin, but said it comes equipped with metallic accents, carbon fiber trim and leather seats, basides the three-spoke steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, and leather-wrapped dashboard. Under the hood sits a turbocharged mHawk engine delivering 210 horsepower and an unspecified “high” amount of torque – the credentials are good for a zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in no more than six seconds. The concept also uses an adjustable suspension setup with Street, Sport, Race, and Off-Road programs.