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After our recent trip to India to test-drive the Mahindra XUV500 SUV on its home soil, Mahindra has today launched the vehicle in Australia with a highly competitive pricing strategy.

The front-wheel-drive seven-seat Mahindra XUV500 luxury-spec W8 model is being offered at a drive away price of $29,900, while the all-wheel-drive version will sell for $32,900 – drive away.

Mahindra also plans to introduce a lower spec, lower priced version of the XUV500 known the ‘W6’ in several months time.

Mahindra has previously declared that the XUV500 wasn’t a competitor to China’s Great Wall X200TD SUV, which sells for $26,990 plus on-road costs.

The closest competitor to the Mahindra XUV500 turbo-diesel in Australia is the Holden Captiva7 turbo-diesel in both 2WD and AWD and priced at $35,490 and $39,490, respectively. That’s a sizeable price gap between the two brand offerings, although the Captiva does come with an automatic transmission as standard equipment.

Mahindra has launched the XUV500 with a six-speed manual only, but plans to introduce a six-speed automatic transmission into the model range anywhere from eight months to two years away.

The Mahindra XUV500 has also just been awarded a four-star safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) scoring 26 points out of total 37. The test results were a mixed bag with the vehicle suffering a loss of structural integrity in the passenger compartment and a rupture in the fuel line, according to the ANCAP report.

The XUV500 is powered by a 103kW/330Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with direct fuel injection and variable geometry turbocharging for a combined fuel consumption of 6.7L/100km and CO2 emissions of 176 grams per kilometre.

CarAdvice has also learned from a Mahindra insider that the company is also planning on launching a twin turbo variant of the XUV500, which is likely to generate 127kW of power and 400Nm of torque, although, there is no official confirmation from Mahindra Australia at this time.

The Mahindra XUV500 comes fully loaded with features such as Italian leather upholstery, satellite-navigation with a high-resolution colour LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, LED parking lamps, tyre pressure monitor and twin exhaust tips.

Overall, it’s an attractive package with attractive pricing to boot and is sure to find favour in Australia with budget conscious buyers.




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