Mahindra XUV500 sales fell by almost 100 per cent in March on a YOY basis. Who should be blamed, COVID-19 or the BS-6 deadline?
Mahindra XUV500 has been one of the most popular offerings from the stables of its homegrown UV manufacturer. While it has dominated the sales charts in its hey days, the XUV500 has lost out to the fresher rivals in the recent times. Last month, however, the SUV recorded sales dip of 100 per cent on the YoY basis. The carmaker sold 1,916 unit of the crossover in March 2019, while it could sell just 9 copies of the car in March 2020.
While the Mahindra XUV500 has registered a 100% dip in sales, it will soon get updated to BS-6 emission standards, which will, in turn, revive the dealer dispatch figure.
It's imperative to note here that the above figures are the count of factory dispatch to the dealerships. Thus, what it clearly signifies is that Mahindra was not keen on producing more units of the BS-4 XUV500 since the car could not be sold after April 1, 2020. Also, from the looks of it, the shutdown of plants owing to the ongoing pandemic has probably led to a delay in the production of the BS6 XUV500.
The manufacturer is developing the next-generation XUV500, which is speculated to be based on the Ssangyong Korando. As the arrival of the next-generation XUV500 is still some time away, Mahindra will update the outgoing version of the car with a BS-6 compliant power plant. In the BS-4 avatar, it was offered with a 2.2L mHawk turbocharged diesel motor that whipped out 155 BHP and 365 Nm as its max. output. The gearbox options offered with this engine were a 6-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed torque converter unit. Apparently, the BS6 version will feature the same 2.2L mHawk engine with a DPF and SCR unit to meet the new compliance. It will also use DEF (Diesel Emission Fluid). According to Mahindra, XUV500 will use one-litre fluid for every 500 kms.
A digital rendering of the next-generation Mahindra XUV500.
Mahindra XUV500 is a potent product in its segment, and it can be said that if it wasn’t for the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the carmaker would’ve registereed a higher dealer dispatch number. However, the carmaker has taken the ongoing crisis very seriously and has shut down all his manufacturing plants to prevent the spread of the virus.