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10 May 2013

This is the Mahindra Xylo H-Series

M&M's people-mover nicks the mHawk engine off its bigger cousin, the Scorpio. Calls itself the H-Series to boast about it

Amaan Ahmed
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The people-carrier segment has really gotten going with the launch of the new Chevrolet Enjoy. Maruti is busy readying a limited-edition Ertiga, and now, Mahindra has done its bit by plonking the more powerful mHawk engine from the Scorpio into the Xylo's engine bay. The end result is this: the Xylo H-Series. And if you're wondering why it is an 'H' and not any other alphabet, it's because the Xylo wants the world to know what's under the hood.

This engine, which was already available on the erstwhile E9 variant, produces the same amount of power here as it does in the Scorpio, with 118bhp and 280Nm of torque now being routed to what M&M refers to as an "all-new" five-speed manual gearbox. Mahindra also claims that the mHawk-equipped Xylo can do 14.02 kilometres for every litre of diesel it consumes. This one's a sipper.

Talking at the launch, Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said, "The Xylo has since its introduction in 2009 carved a unique identity for itself in the area of class leading space & comfort. The addition of the world class mHawk engine will further boost its performance and take it a notch higher in its segment."

To be available in three trim levels - H4 (ABS optional), H8 (ABS and airbags optional) and the fully-loaded, voice command-obeying H9, the H-Series Xylo starts at Rs 8.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), and Mahindra says that the prices are exactly the same as those of the outgoing 'E' variants. A little more power for the same amount of money can never be an entirely bad thing, can it?

Tags: mahindra, xylo, m&m, h series, xylo h series



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