A chilli red and spicy new SUV

MAHINDRA is bringing a taste of India to New Zealand with its stylish, economical and highly-specced SUV, the XUV 500.

Many New Zealanders are probably unaware that the parent company is one of the world’s industrial giants, making everything from aircraft to tractors, of which it is the biggest manufacturer in the world.

It has 180,000 employees in more than 100 countries and has been making automobiles since 1947. In short, this is a major player, already well proven internationally.

The quality of its products is shown in the XUV-500, which comes in two-wheel -drive and all wheel-drive models, both powered by a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine with 103kW of power, 350Nm of torque and a towing capacity of 2500kg.

This engine was designed for Mahindra by Austrian diesel engine specialists AVL.

The six-speed automatic transmission allows the XUV 500 to offer fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 kms.

The vehicle is something of a technological master class, packed with new age specs.

That includes things like the projector headlights with the ability to light up the shoulders as you turn the steering to tackle a curve.

In another plus, the XUV 500 range all have voice commands with voice recognition, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with GPS, USB, bluetooth audio, hands free calling, i-Pod compatibility and picture viewer.

Rounding out this impressive convenience and comfort portfolio are a reversing camera with a distance meter, tinted solar reflecting glass, three mobile charging points and even an illuminated key ring and standards like air conditioning and cruise control.

The all-leather interior has seven seats, with the second and third rows folding.

New Zealanders are getting the benefit of a complete overhaul Mahindra has carried out on the XUV 500, with new sleek chrome accents and bigger alloy wheels.

Other fine touches include things like chrome scuff plates on the second and third rows, roof rails, twin exhausts and a twin pod instrument cluster.

The safety package consists of six airbags, ABS brakes, electronic stability programme, hill hold control and descent, side impact beams, crumple zones and disc brakes on all wheels.

The two-wheel-drive models cost $36,990, with the all-wheel-drive option available for $39,990.

At those prices it is no surprise that the Mahindra vehicles are starting to pick up Gisborne buyers, with customer feedback positive.

Mahindra is a name not well known to New Zealand motorists . . . but look for that to change as the word gets out.

This taste of India is well worth a look.

MAHINDRA is bringing a taste of India to New Zealand with its stylish, economical and highly-specced SUV, the XUV 500.

Many New Zealanders are probably unaware that the parent company is one of the world’s industrial giants, making everything from aircraft to tractors, of which it is the biggest manufacturer in the world.

It has 180,000 employees in more than 100 countries and has been making automobiles since 1947. In short, this is a major player, already well proven internationally.

The quality of its products is shown in the XUV-500, which comes in two-wheel -drive and all wheel-drive models, both powered by a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine with 103kW of power, 350Nm of torque and a towing capacity of 2500kg.

This engine was designed for Mahindra by Austrian diesel engine specialists AVL.

The six-speed automatic transmission allows the XUV 500 to offer fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 kms.

The vehicle is something of a technological master class, packed with new age specs.

That includes things like the projector headlights with the ability to light up the shoulders as you turn the steering to tackle a curve.

In another plus, the XUV 500 range all have voice commands with voice recognition, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with GPS, USB, bluetooth audio, hands free calling, i-Pod compatibility and picture viewer.

Rounding out this impressive convenience and comfort portfolio are a reversing camera with a distance meter, tinted solar reflecting glass, three mobile charging points and even an illuminated key ring and standards like air conditioning and cruise control.

The all-leather interior has seven seats, with the second and third rows folding.

New Zealanders are getting the benefit of a complete overhaul Mahindra has carried out on the XUV 500, with new sleek chrome accents and bigger alloy wheels.

Other fine touches include things like chrome scuff plates on the second and third rows, roof rails, twin exhausts and a twin pod instrument cluster.

The safety package consists of six airbags, ABS brakes, electronic stability programme, hill hold control and descent, side impact beams, crumple zones and disc brakes on all wheels.

The two-wheel-drive models cost $36,990, with the all-wheel-drive option available for $39,990.

At those prices it is no surprise that the Mahindra vehicles are starting to pick up Gisborne buyers, with customer feedback positive.

Mahindra is a name not well known to New Zealand motorists . . . but look for that to change as the word gets out.

This taste of India is well worth a look.

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