Better known for its low-priced, rugged utes this Indian maker has softroader - May 2016 February 2016.

The seven-seat New Age XUV500 is available with on-demand AWD and a six-speed manual transmission. Auto models were released in May 2016.

mahindra xuv500The pricing of the Mahindra softroader is $32,900 driveway, which should attract plenty of interest.

Although it's a softroader, with no low-range gearing that's a low asking price for a seven seater that's well equipped: McPherson struts up front and an independent multilink suspension at the back; cornering headlamps; fog lamps; 17-inch aluminium wheels; touchscreen infotainment system with navigation; black leather seats; reverse camera with dynamic assist; automatic temperature control; tyre pressure and temperature monitoring; smart wipers and headlights; cruise control; six airbags; electronic stability program with rollover mitigation; hill hold and hill descent control and ABS with electronic brake force distribution.

mahindra xuv500Beneath the bonnet of the New Age XUV500 is an upgraded version of the Mahinda ute's turbocharged 2.2-litre 103kW (140bhp) m-Hawk diesel engine with 330Nm of torque.

The injection system has a stop-start feature. Claimed fuel consumption is a claimed 6.7 litres per 100 km and the fuel tank capacity is 74 litres.

An Aisin six-speed auto was added in mid-2016.

Getting Mahindra road test vehicles is difficult, but we've put in a request.

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