Mahindra, the Indian automobile manufacturer, has confirmed that it is not planning to discontinue the Xylo model, at least not right now. The rumors of an upcoming Mahindra MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) were put on rest when the company finally announced the name - the Mahindra Marazzo - on Tuesday. The new MPV is being considered a replacement for the Xylo, however, the company denied the news.
During the name launch, Mahindra confirmed that it will not discontinue the production of Xylo, as of now. The final decision, however, will be made after the launch of the Marazzo, which is scheduled in September 2018. The new Marazzo MPV is going to be the biggest passenger vehicle by the Indian car manufacturer and is expected to compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta in the MPV segment.
Ever since its launch in early 2009, the Mahindra Xylo has become a choice of thousands of Indians. The local production of the MPV is done at the Nashik plant of Mahindra. The Xylo is presently offered in four engine variants, which include two diesel engine and two mHawk engine variants with slightly different power abilities.
Even though the early public response to the Xylo was quite good, it hasn’t managed to achieve any special record in terms of sales. The growth of the Toyota Innova and the Maruti Ertiga has further contributed to the decline in the Xylo’s sales. Even the 2012 launch of a facelift version could not do much help to the popularity of the MPV in India.
The Mahindra Marazzo will be launched this September in India as a strong competitor to the existing cars in the MPV segment. It is possible that Mahindra may discontinue the Xylo’s production by next year, depending on the responses received on the new MPV launch.