Mahindra Xylo Motoring Review
The new Mahindra Xylo is the result of customer input. It caters for the needs of both individuals and businesses that are looking for a mid-sized cargo carrier with good ground clearance, a low kerb weight and a robust CRDe engine.
The launch of the Mahindra Xylo Panel Van follows close on the heels of the introduction of the Xylo MPV in South Africa in March 2009, and is the result of encouraging local demand for the vehicle.
The interior of the Xylo offers space, comfort and convenience, ensuring a roomy and pleasurable ride for all occupants, whilst the Xylo Panel Van offers class-leading cargo-carrying capacity at an affordable price. With this comes the added convenience of air-conditioning to keep the occupants cool and comfortable. The driver’s seat is ergonomically designed with height adjustment control to maximize comfort for tall drivers and a tiltable steering wheel gives drivers the opportunity to find that perfect driving position.
Utility spaces abound in the Xylo with a well defined centre console with ample space for loose items. The Xylo Panel Van also has a lockable storage tray under the driver’s seat. The cargo area is separated from the driver and passenger by a protective wire mesh with frame – keeping the load safely at bay.
Technical data overview
The Xylo E2 Panel Van has power steering, HVAC, an electrically-operated fuel lid opener, an immobilizer and electric windows. The steering is well-weighted and provides enough feedback to allow for easy driving whilst braking is supplied by discs in the front and drums in the rear.
Hours of testing and development has resulted in a stiffer chassis with reduced unsprung masses, providing a smoother ride. Mahindra has also optimized the suspension with a multi-link coil spring system in the rear and independent coil springs in the front. Gas shock absorbers with European-manufactured valves provide additional damping.
Based on the Xylo E2 platform, the Xylo Panel Van is powered by the proven 2.5-litre m-Eagle CRDe engine and delivers 83.5kW at 3800rpm and 240Nm between 1800 and 3000 rpm.
The engine offers good all-round drivability with improved features to reduce maintenance costs and less downtime, and features dual pilot injections, hydraulic valve adjusters, an automatic belt tensioner and a recalibrated ECU.
Mahindra’s Xylo Panel Van is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox which plays a key role in the engine’s enhanced performance. In addition, the Xylo returns a good average fuel economy, a big advantage for any business.