Mahindra XUV Aero will become basis for a future flagship SUV: Auto Expo 2016

Mahindra XUV Aero is a coupe-inspired SUV concept that no other mass-market carmaker has produced ever in India. This derives its power from a 210bhp, 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine.

By: | Updated: April 13, 2016 11:54 PM
Mahindra XUV Aero concept has been designed in-house by Mahindra Design Studio, Mumbai

Mahindra XUV Aero concept has been designed in-house by Mahindra Design Studio, Mumbai

Mahindra & Mahindra today uveiled an all-new concept called the Mahindra XUV Aero, which will become basis for the company's future flagship SUV model. The Mahindra XUV Aero concept is a coupe-styled SUV that has been designed in-house at Mahindra Design Studio in Kandivali, Mumbai.

"The Mahindra XUV Aero takes the spirit of the cheetah and gives it an urban manifestation of the beast; a coupe crossover with an aerodynamic silhouette, bold graphics and a butch stance.'', said the company. If it goes into production, Mahindra XUV Aero concept will be the first mass market coupe design-inspired SUV in the country. Other coupe-like SUVs available currently in the India are from luxury carmakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

With a slopping roofline, horizontally placed tail-lamps, large bumpers, several creases and prominent character lines on sides, the Mahindra XUV Aero concept looks quite aggressive. Upon its launch, the Mahindra XUV Aero concept-based SUV will become the company's top-of-the-line vehicle.

The Mahindra XUV Aero concept also offers the latest communication and connectivity features.

Powering the Mahindra XUV Aero concept is a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine, which is the same powertrain that does duty on the existing Mahindra XUV500 model. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 210bhp mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The XUV Aero SUV concept is 4600mm long, 1680mm hight and 1890mm wide, and features a wheelbase of 2700mm. The new Mahindra SUV concept gets 265/45 20-inch alloy wheels. The coupe-styled XUV Aero offers four driving modes - Race, Off-road, Street and Sport.

The Mahindra XUV Aero concept also offers the latest communication and connectivity features. The SUV comes equipped with an embedded telecommunication module and a high-resolution touchscreen to control the infotainment system settings. The SUV also gets mult-zone climate control and on-board vehicle system functions.

Mahindra XUV Aero auto expo 2016

Besides the XUV Aero concept, the home-grown automaker is also displaying customized versions of Mahindra TUV300 & KUV100, e2O with wireless technology and Verito electric.

Also on display is the India-bound Tivoli SUV that is developed by Mahindra-owned Korean SUV maker SsangYong. Upon its launch, the Mahindra-SsangYong Tivoli will rival Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano and other vehicles in the growing compact SUV segment.

Mahindra XUV Aero Concept Specifications:

Engine - 2.2-litre mHawk

Transmission - 6-speed automatic/ 6-speed manual

Max power - 210bhp

Tyre - 265/45 - 20-inch