Mahindra XUV500 and KUV100 to get new variants to face challenge from new rivals like Tata Hexa and Maruti Ignis respectively
India’s biggest SUV manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra, is preparing to introduce new variants to its two SUVs – XUV500 and the KUV100. The XUV500 is the flagship vehicle from the brand, while the KUV100 comes as the smallest and youngest SUV. The decision of introducing new variants has been taken to tackle new competition from rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ignis in the micro-SUV space and the highly-promising Tata Hexa.
Maruti Suzuki has just launched Ignis and Tata Motors is preparing to enter Hexa into the market in a few days. No wonder the competition becomes intensifying once these two car start selling in the domestic market. In this scenario, Mahindra needs to take the game up for its models like KUV100 and XUV500.
The SUV segment in the Indian market is growing fast and in some months of last year Maruti Suzuki topped the space, thanks to the strong demand for the Vitara Brezza. Now in an attempt to hold on to its share, Mahindra is desperate to offer something unique to the customers. Reports suggest that new variants of Mahindra XUV500 and KUV100 will come with cosmetic updates at exterior and interior. There will be additional features as well.
The new XUV500 variant will get new connectivity technologies. EcoSense telematics feature will be introduced to this SUV that will show real-time fuel efficiency, vehicle position, wear and tear of the parts. Apart from that, it will also receive mood lighting and panic button as well.
The new variant of the Mahindra KUV100 will be offered with dual-colour scheme and a styling element similar to the Ignis. Also bigger alloy wheels and range of accessories will be offered on this micro-SUV. Pricing of the new variants of XUV500 and KUV100 is expected to remain closer to the current model.
Source: ET Auto