Small-Engine SUVs Prove Popular In India

mahindra-xuv-500A decade ago America was inundated with SUVs are soccer moms and insecure men sought to drive the biggest vehicles their budgets would allow. Today Americans are turning towards fuel-efficient SUVs after dancing with the devil of gas-guzzling SUVs, but other countries like India have managed to skip the growing pains of V8 SUVs and go right into more efficient four-cylinder crossover models.

In just the past few years, the Indian auto market has seen a wave of four-cylinder SUVs hit the market, with the Mahindra XUV 500 being among the most popular models. Able to fit 7-passengers and motivated by a 2.2 liter turbodiesel with 140 horsepower and 243 ft-lbs of torque, sales skyrocketed since its launch in 2011, and the reviews have been positively glowing.

However, since then more competition has entered the Indian market. One of the most anticipated SUV launches in Indian history is the Ford EcoSport, which forgoes the diesel engine in favor of a three-cylinder 1.0 liter gas-powered EcoBoost motor. Other competitors include the long-standing Tata Safari Storme, a perennial best-seller which also packs a four-cylinder turbodiesel with similar power as the XUV 500.

With Indian automakers like Mahindra seeking expansion into the American market, it is only a matter of time before these even more-efficient SUVs make their way here, though they’ve hit a few stumbling blocks along the way. And who here wouldn’t mind a four-cylinder, turbodiesel SUV capable of carrying seven people? Be on the look out, the Mahindra XUV 500 could hit American shores sooner than you think.

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Christopher DeMorro

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