Mahindra to reopen order books for XUV500 from January image

India’s largest SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra, announced it will reopen bookings for its latest model, the XUV500, in the Indian market from January 2012.

Due to high demand and insufficient production capacity, the company had to stop receiving bookings for the vehicle in October 2011. In the first 10 days after the Indian market launch, Mahindra received 8,000 bookings for the XUV500, accounting for the car’s production for four months.

On Friday the Indian automaker said it is increasing production capacity for the XUV500 at its Chakan plant, adding it would reopen bookings of its XUV500 in January 2012. Mahindra also said deliveries to the 8,000 customers that ordered the car immediately after the launch will begin from January 2012.

Powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Mahindra XUV500 has an output of 140 horsepower and 330 Nm of torque. The SUV costs between 10.8 lakh (€15,650) and 11.95 lakh (€17,320) and is available in both two- and four-wheel-drive variants. Designed and developed by Mahindra’s Chennai-based research team, the XUV500 has also been launched in South Africa.