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Mahindra has revealed the Mahindra XUV Aero concept to the public at the 2016 Delhi motor show.

Previously released as a sketch, the Mahindra XUV Aero concept headlines the Indian manufacturer’s push toward a sleek and premium SUV product.

The three-door ‘coupe’ features a reverse opening door on the passenger’s side to allow access to the two rear seats. Impresisvely, the interior of the concept is fitted out with Mahindra’s vision for its new in car entertainment and technology systems.

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Mahindra’s partnership with Pininfarina has given the brand a new design edge that blends its rugged design concepts with modern design philosophy.

Ramkripa Ananthan, chief designer at Mahindra, described the car to a group of Australian journalists as an almost production ready vehicle.

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“When we try something…what exactly are we showing it for? What are most of the fears? Are we showing it to get free publicity? We were never sure why we should be doing it [developing and showing a concept car],” Ananthan said.

“Then we said, OK. Let’s do this. Where we show cars that we could put into production. And, let’s then see what the market says, what the critics say and let’s have this lack of knowing. It’s productionable.”

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Under the bonnet of the XUV Aero concept is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine called the mHawk. It’s a new version of the engine that produces an impressive 157kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

The engine will be available with the option of both a six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission.

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The design opens the doors to new model lines and model formats for the brand, which has traditionally kept to a rugged design profile.

It’s not clear yet when the brand expects to launch the model. CarAdvice will keep you posted on developments and bring you a video walkaround of the car at the show shortly.

Click on the Photos tab to see more images of the Mahindra XUV Aero concept.




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