Mahindra has been working on the Mahindra XUV 500 to make it BS6 compliant. While we have seen most of the manufacturers getting their hands off the diesel engine, it is not so for XUV 500. The model currently has only a diesel engine which gets a BS6 update. Citing low demand, Mahindra is not keen on working on the petrol engine. Mahindra has already started accepting bookings for the SUV at Rs. 20,000.
THE TECHNOLOGY THAT’S NEW
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Currently, the Mahindra XUV 500 is powered by a 2.2 litre mHAWK diesel engine that churns out 153 bhp @ 3,750 rpm and 360 Nm of torque @ 1,750-2,800 rpm. These figures are most likely to remain the same on the BS6 engine. To meet the stricter emission norms, the diesel engine will now come with additional 2-way Oxidation Catalyst, SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system as well as DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). The 2-way Oxidation Catalyst treats the HCs and CO (carbon monoxide). The SCR is a process for reducing NOx content from exhaust gas by adding an additive called DEF- Diesel Exhaust Fluid (Maxiclean) into the exhaust.
During the scheduled service intervals, this fluid needs to be refilled. It can also be purchased from Mahindra Authorised service station at the cost of Rs. 50 per litre (consumption: 2 litre/1000 km). The DEF filler neck is located in the engine compartment. Timely alerts will be visible on the instrument console to indicate low levels of DEF (DEF indicator lamp). for higher variants, the alert will also be generated through the infotainment system.
The SUV will be offered in four variants. These include W5, W7, W9 and W11. That means the base variant will be discontinued. Only 6 speed manual transmission will be there. The SUV will continue to get the same colour schemes as before. It will be interesting to see if Mahindra brings out the petrol engine and automatic transmission afterwards.
Mahindra XUV 500 faces stiff competition from the likes of Tata Hexa, MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier.
The BS6 XUV500 is expected to be costlier to the BS4 model by Rs. 1 lakh. The prices of the currently sold BS4 XUV 500 are as follows:
NEXT GEN MAHINDRA XUV 500 IN 2021
Mahindra will come with the next gen XUV 500 in the first quarter of 2021. The second gen XUV 500 will be based on the Funster concept revealed at the Auto Expo 2020. It will borrow some design elements from SsangYong Korando. It will get new petrol and diesel engines. Just like the exterior, the interiors too will be revamped. The next gee XUV 500 test vehicles have already been spied multiple times.
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