Styling for the XUV Aero concept is very clearly derived from the XUV500 four-wheel drive that's currently on sale. Both the concept and production car feature bumps that mirror the wheel arches in the shoulder line.
Should the in-the-flesh vehicle live up to the sketch above, the concept will feature smaller rear doors. These will be accompanied by a faster roof line and a completely redesigned tail, which incorporates a fastback-style liftgate, thin LED tail-lights, and a prominent rear diffuser.
Above: Mahindra XUV500.
Pravin Shah, CEO Mahindra's automotive arm, has told IndianAutosBlog that the concept will be equipped with "all the futuristic connected technology".
If the XUV Aero does make it into production, it will be the company's first entry into the ever-growing brigade of "SUV coupes". It will also provide a bookend to the company's current range, which will soon include the recently revealed KUV100 city crossover.
At the end of last year, Mahindra finally completed a drawn out process to purchase famed design consultancy Pininfarina. It's understood, though, that the XUV Aero concept is a product of the company's in-house design team.