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The Mahindra XUV500 W3 variant has been launched in the Indian market at a price of Rs 12.22 lakh (ex-showroom). The W3 is now the base variant in the Mahindra XUV500 variant line-up and it comes with the least number of features. This is because it was made with the purpose of undercutting the Tata Harrier's price.
The Tata Harrier was launched in January 2019 and has since then become one of the best-selling Tata products. The Tata Harrier has managed to outsell its rivals – the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass – in March and April 2019.
This might have been primarily due to the fact that the base variant of the Tata Harrier was priced lower than the XUV500. Seems like Mahindra wasn't taking this lightly, and hence has launched the XUV500 W3. GaadiWaadi spotted the W3 variant at what looks like a mahindra stockyard.
The W3 variant is basically the pre-facelift XUV500 W4. It is evident that there are quite a few features missing from the car. Up front, the bash plate is black in colour, the fog lamps are missing and the chrome surrounds for the grille are missing. The other major difference up front is the headlamp. The Headlamp still has projector lamps, but it doesn't come with LED DRLs.
The side profile too has quite a few bits missing. It comes with steel wheels instead of alloy wheels and the black cladding that runs from the front to the rear even on the wheel arches is missing. At the rear, the bumper has seen some changes. The tail-lamps though remain the same.
The interiors too stand witness to the fact that this is the low-cost base variant of the XUV500. It misses out on an audio system, but there are provisions for an aftermarket audio system and speakers. The seats are made of normal fabric and that is about it.
Thankfully, it still comes with front and rear power windows, air-conditioning, electric ORVMs and central locking. However, it misses out on a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, leather upholstery, soft-touch plastics, rear camera with parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, 6-airbags, etc.
Also, there are no differences when it comes to the engine. The Mahindra XUV500 W3 is powered by the same 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with a maximum power output of 155bhp and a peak torque output of 360Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels.
Thoughts On Mahindra XUV500 W3 Variant Launched In India
The Mahindra XUV500 is a venerable name in the Indian auto sector. It pioneered many features for an Indian automobile manufacturer. However, in the face of new competition like the Tata Harrier, it seems like the XUV500 was losing out.
Now with the new XUV500 W3, Mahindra will try to regain its lost sales. We see fleet operators and individual cab operators picking up the Mahindra XUV500 W3 in the near future thanks to its low cost.