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Mahindra XUV Aero to go into production by 2019

Mahindra’s innovative XUV Aero concept, which debuted at last year’s New Delhi Auto Expo, has been given the green light according to a report by Zig Wheels.

The concept, based on the XUV 500 – as seen in our Top 10 cheapest 7-seaters – features a sloping roofline and bobtail in the style of the BMW X6. Vertical, Ford Mustang-like LEDs add a sporting look at the rear and flank a strongly pronounced hipline.

The most innovative aspect of the XUV Aero is its asymmetry. On the driver’s side, it is a two-door, much like a Hyundai Veloster. On the passenger side, however, it featured a suicide rear door similar to a Mazda RX-8. It’s unknown if this layout will be preserved for mass production.

Motive force for the vehicle could come from a number of sources. One of which is the mHawk diesel engine with 156kW. Otherwise a new EV platform being co-developed with Ssangyong might be a possibility.

Mahindra is on the cusp of announcing itd updated range, with new, emissions-compliant engines and an Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic option, rather than the unit from Albury, NSW-based Drivetrain Systems International it once used. We will keep you posted as news comes to hand.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.