Indian automotive company Mahindra & Mahindra is working on an all-new Mahindra XUV500 which will be the brand's first ever global SUV. The design of the new SUV has apparently been influenced by consumers all over the world.
Specific details and images of the Mahindra XUV500 are yet to be revealed but reports suggest the SUV will use a transverse-mounted 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 103kW and 326Nm. The engine layout could mean the new model will become available in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive forms.
Dr Pawan Goenka, President, automotive and farm equipment sectors at Mahindra, recently said,
"We are all set to create a new milestone with the launch of the Mahindra XUV500 which truly embodies and encapsulates the essence of the Mahindra Rise philosophy.
"Having extensively tested and validated our product with global and Indian customers alike, I am happy to add that we will simultaneously launch the XUV500 in South Africa under the same brand name."I am confident that the XUV500 will follow in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessors to evolve into an iconic brand."
Mr Rajesh Jejurikar, CEO, automotive division at Mahindra, said,
"With the XUV500, we are attempting to create a new category in the SUV segment, that will not only challenge the conventional but will also certainly translate into double customer delight."
We'll be sure to provide all the official specifications and images of the new Mahindra SUV500 in the lead-up to its launch later this month.