The Mahindra XUV500 is now available with a petrol engine in Australia and a new starting price that is lower than any other other seven-seat SUV available.
Set to replace the diesel version of the seven-seat XUV500, the new petrol-powered version is priced from just $25,990 drive-away.
The new Mahindra variant was launched today on the Gold Coast.
Available across two specification levels – W6 and W8, the new starting price replaces the previous entry-point into the Indian-built SUVs range of $32,990.
The XUV500 W6 is front-wheel drive only, there is a front-wheel drive version of the W8 priced at $29,990 drive-away and an all-wheel drive W8 that can be yours for $32,990 drive-away.
The petrol engine produces 103kW/320Nm.
All are backed by a five-year warranty, five-year roadside assist and come with a three-year capped price servicing program.
While standard kit in the Mahindra offering includes:
- Digital Radio
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Three ISOFIX points (mid-row seats)
- Tilt and telescopic steering adjust
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
And all variants get a 2.5 tonne towing capacity.
While the W8 version adds leather interior, sat-nav and a reverse camera.
More details to come in the review of the new offering on Monday.
Meantime, a couple of other interesting points came out of today’s press conference, including confirmation the diesel-powered version of the XUV500 is set to be removed from the Australian market through 2018.
Mahindra will also withdraw the Genio ute from our market this year.
But, as part of big plans for the Australian market, Mahindra confirmed we would be seeing a number of new models in coming years, all built on new platforms.
These new products include the Scorpio full-size SUV, a new compact SUV and the Jeep Wrangler-like Mahindra THAR.
And to support the new product there is expected to be a strong increase in the number of Mahindra dealerships available to Australian customers.
At present there are 40 dealerships stocking the brand’s vehicles in our market, that number is expected to double over the next couple of years.
We will bring you all the details on these new models and other details on Mahindra as further details come to hand.