It has emerged that Maindra is close to launching the a new base variant of the very popular XUV500. The upcoming new base variant, which has been christened as the W4, could be launched towards the end of this month. Nothing surprising considering that in all probability, the XUV500 W4 is an attempt by Mahindra to cash in on the increased demand during festive season. The XUV500 W4 will miss out on some equipment and would come at a considerably lower price point.
It may be noted that of late, Mahindra has been witnessing a quite a slump of sorts in the demand for its flagship VUS. This could be attributed to two reasons- 1. The sluggish phase of sales our auto industry is going through since few months 2. Advent of fresher competition in the guise of Ford EcoSport and the soon-to-be-launched Nissan Terrano.
Those who have been closely following the auto industry would know that at one point of time, such was the demand for the XUV500 that waiting periods used to extend till as much as a year and Mahindra even resorted to suspending of the bookings of the XUV to ease off the burgeoning waiting periods. Now however, Mahindra XUV500 is barely managing to find little over 2,000 takers a month and the carmaker feels that the introduction of the W4 variant could very well attract buyers of compact SUVs towards XUV500.
While the XUV500 will miss out on some features, it would remain mechanically the same. This means that powering the car would be the same 140bhp 2.2L diesel engine that powers the current variants. This engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Features that won’t be available on the W4 variant include a 6-inch touchscreen infotainment display, DVD player, tyre pressure sensor, parking assistant, rain sensing wipers and light sensing headlamps.
The good part is that the W4 variant will continue to boast of safely features such as dual airbags, and ABS with EBD. However, it doesn’t get ESP, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control.
Exterior changes include absence of foglamps, twin exhaust tips and roof rails.
The prices haven’t been yet announced but safely expect the XUV500 W4 variant to be priced competitively enough to threaten the high end variants of the compact SUVs out there.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 W4