New Mahindra Xylo : First Drive

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  • by , Photography : kunal khadse   |
  • September 18, 2012
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The Mahindra Xylo gets a makeover, but under the new skin is also a new powerplant and added luxury for buyers of every budget!


New Mahindra Xylo review



Mahindra claims over 50 individual styling changes in the new Xylo that the manufacturer has just launched. While most people may not be Bale to spot most of those changes in the first place, one thing is certain – the rather queer look on the MUV’s front end has finally given way to a more acceptable face. Gone is the odd shaped combination of the curved grille and sneering headlamps that seemed like they were fighting with each other for visual prominence and the set that replaces it is much in line with the XUV5OO’s styling; predominantly blackened and harmoniously in sync. The Mahindra logo in chrome too gets its own lip on the hood’s edge much like Mahindra’s smash hit SUV and the subtle changes continue all over the new car. 



New Mahindra Xylo driver cabin



There are new skirts, some rather invisible decals on the shoulders and a slightly pimped up rear end with neat rails lining the roof. The insides have had their fair share of makeover as well with a two-tone dash, a new centre console with a revamped Digital Drive Assist System and a 2-DIN music system. But beyond all the hoopla about improved styling is the real purpose of the new Xylo – an increased range of variants featuring three engine options!



New Mahindra Xylo driver cabin



With distinct demarcations in markets, the bottom end D2 and D4 variants are powered by a 2489cc mDI CRDe oil burner churning out 94PS of power. Needless to say, these variants are bare bones in terms of features and will find a plethora of buyers in transport fleets. Step slightly higher and the E4 and E8 variants use the 2.5-litre mEagle powerplant which used to also be the flagship of the old Xylo range. Making its debut in the MUV space with the new Xylo E9 though is the mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine that puts out about 120PS of power. 



New Mahindra Xylo review



The E9 is the new top-of-the-line Xylo and introduces quite a few luxuries to owners including a superiorly handy Voice Command Technology that not only controls audio controls but also operates basic vehicle functions such as the headlights, wipers, central locking, etc – a first in the auto industry.


Of course this variant also comes with goodies like a two-tone dash, glossy wood inserts, Italian leather upholstery and all the other delights that the Xylo has always been known for. Our favourite still remains the near-flat bed folding seating and the fold-away snack trays though! Go ahead, pick your variant from the five on offer between Rs 7.37 lakh and Rs 10.25 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.




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