The Mahindra showcased the XUV Aero for the first time at Auto Expo 2016. The XUV Aero is an upcoming SUV crossover model designed on the platform of the famous Mahindra XUV 500 model. This model would be based on the coupe design with two doors and sharp styling features. With only two-row seats, unlike the XUV 500 model, it will be loaded with luxurious upholstery, fit and finish, and equipment. The special features on offer would include drive mode selection, surround airbags and touchscreen infotainment system as a standard.
The Mahindra XUV Aero exteriors are designed on the platform of coupe SUV models with two suicide door design. The front profile would be at par with the existing XUV 500 model, with new projector headlights with daytime running lights, sharp design of the bonnet and the front grille giving it a dynamic stance on the road. The side profile will have two doors with suicide door design as featured in the showcased model. The rear profile will be made much sleeker in design as compared to XUV 500, leaving a magnificent luxury coupe SUV image on the road.
The Mahindra XUV Aero interiors will have innovative design features with the sophistication of equipment, such as multi-information instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system with surround sound system. The seat matrix will have a second-row seat for three occupants and the third-row seat would not be available in this model, unlike the sibling model of XUV 500. The Mahindra XUV Aero features will include comfort and convenience features, like a multi-zone air conditioning system, audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, and versatile luggage space with a foldable second-row seat.
The Mahindra XUV Aero specifications will have a 2.0 L mHawk diesel engine producing a power of 140 PS and 320 Nm torque. The XUV Aero model will also be available with 2.2-litre petrol engine with the power of 212 PS. The XUV Aero transmission system would be available in six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic transmission versions with the rear-wheel drive and drive mode selection feature as well.
The Mahindra XUV Aero mileage for the petrol engine version would range at around 14 kmpl and the XUV Aero diesel mileage would range at 19 kmpl as per the claim. The mileage factors could vary slightly depending upon the final design, including the drive mode selection feature. The maximum fuel economy can be expected in the street and sport modes, and the race and off-road modes will be there for high power with comparatively lower fuel economy.
The Mahindra XUV Aero performance would be enhanced with a refined mHawk diesel engine and the new petrol engine on offer. The XUV Aero can reach a speed of 0-60 kmph under 6 seconds as per the claim from the manufacturer. The drive quality of the XUV Aero would be enhanced with drive selection features, such as race, off-road, street and sport modes, altering the suspension settings as desired by the driver and the occupants.
The XUV Aerobraking system will have disc brakes on all wheels with anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. The body design would be made up of strong material to withstand collision impacts and reduce the tendency for dents on the body panels. The XUV Aero safety features on offer would include dual airbags for the front, and side and curtain airbags for effective protection against frontal and side impact collisions.
The Mahindra XUV Aero would be competing against the likes of Hyundai Tuscon, Toyota Fortuner, and Skoda Yeti models. The uniqueness of XUV Aero with the segment first coupe crossover design and the reputation of high reliability of Mahindra models would give it an edge over the competing models. The Mahindra XUV Aero would set new standards in the SUV segment in Nepal with its unique design and styling features. Mahindra XUV Aero price tag and trend-setting luxury coupe SUV design would get it a marvelous welcome in the Nepalese SUV market.