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Some time back Tata launched a new premium UV calling it ‘a new breed’ or what we call ‘Crossover’,they said “This car is for those who want the utility of an SUV with the comfort and finesse of a sedan.Yes,you people are absolutely right,this UV is known as ‘Tata ARIA’.It was really a big leap forward for Tata but due to an issue or two this vehicle was never able to attain the sales targets this vehicle was focused at.The reasons will be discussed later in this thread.
Then came the new kid on the block in late 2011 called ’Mahindra XUV-500’(five-double-ohh),while the Aria which being in the same segment kept struggling for the sales,this new entrant simply put the sales charts on fire and booking have already touched the numbers that even the manufacturer M&M was also left astonished.While both the cars may look like they are quite same,both of them have a lot of difference and being true it seems like both are focused at totally different types of customers.In other words,the people who like Aria for a reason or two simply hate the XUV and vice versa,so now let’s once try to find out what may be the true cause for the same,so now one by one we cover both the cars in different aspects:-
Some general highlights of both the vehicles:-
(Note:Prices etc mentioned are on-road Delhi excluding any discounts etc,for the compare only top end or nearly same priced versions(after counting discount on Aria)are considered.)
Tata Aria:A ladder frame layout vehicle.
1):Price 13.2 lacs to 18 lacs for Pure 4X2 and Pride 4X4 variant respectively.
2):Engine,in-line-four,2179 cc turbo diesel unit called ‘VTT DICOR’ which produces 138 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 32.6 kgm of torque@ 1700 rpm.
3):Transmission:5 speed manual.
4):GC=200mm,Kerb weight=1992 kg(4X2 pure)and 2218 kg(4X4 pride),fuel tank capacity=60 lts.
5):Warranty=3* years/1,00,000* kms,whichever comes first.
Mahindra XUV 500:Mahindra’s first monocoque design..
1):Price 13.1 lacs to 15.6 lacs for W6 4X2 and W8 4X4 variant respectively.
2):Engine,in-line-four,same as Aria 2179 cc turbo diesel unit called ‘M-Hawk’ which produces 140 bhp @ 3750 rpm and 32.63 kgm of torque at 1600 to 2800 rpm(That’s a wide spread torque!!)
3):Transmission:6 speed manual.
4):GC=200 mm,Kerb weight=1790 kg(W6 4X2),fuel tank capacity=70 lts.
5):Warranty 2* years/50,000* kms,whichever comes first.
Now let the spec sheet speak itself…
TO BE CONTINUED..
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