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.