Mahindra is adding more variants to the XUV500 to counter the newly launched Jeep Compass.
Mahindra has launched a new variant of its XUV500, called the W9, which will be positioned between W8 and W10 variants. The W9 borrows several features from the top-end W10, but comes at a more affordable price tag.
Update - 31/08/2017 - The W8 variant of the XUV500 has been discontinued.
The main highlights of the W9 variant include electric sunroof with anti-pinch, reverse camera with dynamic assist, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Mahindra’s 'Ecosense' technology, Android Auto, emergency calling, dual front airbags, passive entry with push button start, static bending headlamps, and tyre tronics.
The XUV500 draws its power from a 2.2-litre diesel motor that churns out 140bhp and a peak torque of 330Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The W9 variant is available with both the gearbox options.
Speaking about the launch of the XUV500 W9 variant, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing - Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said, "Since its launch in 2011, the XUV500 has been a pioneer in providing innovative hi-tech features that are not available even in vehicles that are almost double its price. We are certain that the introduction of these hi-end features at such a competitive price point will generate a lot of interest amongst prospects who are evaluating SUVs in the price range of 14 lakh to 18 lakh. By introducing these aspirational features at this price, XUV500 has raised the bar once again.”