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Mahindra SA launches cut-price XUV500

Pretoria - Anniversary specials are usually highly specced, often with fancy decals and badging, and therefore more expensive.

Not always. Indian carmaker Mahindra, best known for tough workhorse bakkies, has launched a more affordable entry-level version of its XUV500 mid-sized SUV to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its South African subsidiary.

XUV500 W4 Anniversary Special is mechanically identical to its W6 and W8 siblings.

Mahindra SA boss Ashok Thakur said: "Often a motor company launches a higher-priced model to mark an anniversary but we decided to introduce the W4 model of the XUV500 - which, at R249 995, is R30 000 less than the existing XUV500."

SO WADDAYA GET FOR 250K?

Mechanically the W4 is identical to the rest of the XUV500 range, with a 2.2-litre mHawk turbodiesel delivering 103kW and 330Nm to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

OK, it does without some of the bells and whistles of the W6 and W8 derivatives, but it still has projector headlights, a four-speaker radio/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod and USB capability and connectivity, air conditioning, electric windows, electrically-adjustable side mirrors, power steering with a tilting-adjustable steering column, remote tailgate opening and fold-flat second and third rows of seats for load versatility.

GIVING BACK

Thakur explained: "We're very pleased with the progress Mahindra has made in the 10 years we've been in this country, and we believe giving something back to the motoring public with the well-priced XUV500 W4 is a more fitting celebration than an expensive special edition."

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