Automobile manufacturers are working overtime behind the curtains to make sure all of their models meet the BNVSAP crash test standards and the more stringent BSVI emission regulations coming into effect from April 2020. It is no secret that some of the iconic models that we often see on the Indian roads will have to be axed though due to various reasons. If the costs involved in upgrading them to comply with new norms won’t make a business case, even the vehicles garnering good sales numbers will have to hang the boots.
Mahindra & Mahindra will discontinue the Xylo that has been available on sale in the domestic market since January 2009. The Xylo endured appreciable initial success but it gradually faded away. The largest passenger UV maker in the country introduced the Marazzo last September as a spiritual successor of the Xylo. It is priced between Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta, and has crossed 20,000 unit sales already. Mahindra will be showing the exit doors for Xylo and it will be accompanied by the long version of Bolero, confirmed Rajan Wadhera, President, M & M.
The homegrown auto major has the Bolero as its consistent seller for years as the workhorse will have its Power+ variant staying put on sales. The long-Bolero, on the other hand, will take the brunt and it is offered in a variety of trims such as ZLX, SLX. SLE, EX, Plus and Ambulance. As it stretches more than four metres in length, it won’t be subjected to tax relaxation and thus leading to higher price tag and reduction in volumes.
Mahindra launched the Bolero Power+, the sub-four-metre variant of the MUV, in September 2016 and it will continue to hold the flags up high. The DI variant of the Thar has already been discontinued in India. The second generation model is arriving next year and is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo alongside the next-gen Scorpio. With evolutionary exterior and interior changes, the Thar will reportedly be powered by a new 2.0-litre diesel engine.