Mahindra & Mahindra, one of the largest vehicle manufactures in India has been working on an upgrade to the XUV500 version. The improved version will be launched by the end of February. The upgraded version have no changes in the exterior, the major changes will be made on the braking system and infotainment system.
Launched in 2011 September, Mahindra XUV500 received good response and a lot of bookings. Mahindra XUV500 has received over 7200 applications after the re-openings of bookings on June 8, 2012. In the Second phase of bookings the company received over 25,000 applications for just 7,200 units. In the third phase of booking, the demand of vehicles also increases. As a result of this, the car makers increased the production to 4,000 vehicles per month and plans to increase it to 5,000 units per month by October 2012.
The J.D Power Asia Pacific research that measures customer satisfaction after two months of new vehicle purchase that rated Mahindra XUV500 as No.2 in the SUV segment. Out of 1000 points, Mahindra XUV500 wons 859 points. The research reveals that Indian car buyers now give preference to the quality and comfort of the interiors first and is followed by mileage and look.
Even though SUV started with a long queue of orders, the initial customers started complaining about the niggling issues. Based on the customer feedback and complaints, Mahindra is now working on the XUV500.
Initially the brakes were quite noisy, when tried to improve this system the brakes then ended up with a quite spongy feel. Mahindra will now upgrade this braking system by eliminating those problems. The XUV500 has discs all around and ABS(Anti-Lock Braking System) with all its current variants.
The upgraded XUV500 is expected to have a better â€œvoice commandâ€ system like the Mahindra Xylo E9 variant.
The second issue to be addressed would be the infotainment system. The infotainment system in the W8 variant has been a constant trouble maker in almost all cars. The various technologies on the system that found to be malfunction which includes the Bluetooth system, Navigation system, the parking sensors or the reversing camera. This upgraded version will be free from all these problems and works very well.
â€œWe would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks to our customers for the confidence they have shown in us. This overwhelming response in todayâ€™s challenging market environment is a testimony to the popularity of the XUV500,â€ said Pravin Shah, the Chief Executive of Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra.
Besides these two major changes, XUV AWD(All Wheel Drive) had another issues with the transmission overheating and a lot of vibrations. The XUV500 faces competition from the Tata Aria, Force One and the upcoming Tata Safari Storme. It is expected that Mahindra will sort out this problems in the new model. Now let's wait for the more reliable Mahindra XUV 500 to hit Indian market.
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