Mahindra XUV500 to be launched in Europe in 2012 image

After releasing some details about its new XUV500 earlier this year, the Indian based automaker Mahindra has announced that the low-cost SUV, which will most likely rival the Mitsubishi Outlander, Great Wall Hover CUV, Renault Koleos, Nissan Qashqai +2, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Captiva, will be launched in Europe next year, after the Bologna Auto Show.

Mahindra says that the XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 liter diesel engine which is generating a total output of 140 horsepower and has a peak torque of 130 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission and having an average fuel consumption of 6.6 liters / 100 km.

The Mahindra XUV500 will be offered with some interesting standard features, like six airbags, ESP, automatic climate control, LED lights and a touchscreen infotainment system, for a starting price of 15.500 EUR.

Customers who will want more out of the Indian SUV will be able to order all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, alloy wheels, parking sensors and a third seat row, along many other features, with the top-of-the-line version reaching the equivalent of 19.000 EUR, being an interesting choice to its “European” rivals.

The Indians at Mahindra have made a huge progress in terms of design and performance so future customers of a C segment SUV will have another choice starting from early next year in the form of the XUV500.