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Mahindra and Mahindra announced the introduction of a number of innovative technologies and apps which will be available in the XUV500 starting from the W6 variant at a price tag of Rs 13.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai).
The new additions include Android Auto, Connected apps, Ecosence and Emergency call, all of which are focused to meeting the needs of today’s tech savvy customer, enhance ones convenience, entertainment options and connectivity.
So, how do these features work?
Android Auto – This feature offers access to calls, messaging, navigation, music and Google search by connecting the ones Android device with the infotainment system of the XUV500. With the help of the app, useful information is from ones connected device is displayed as cards on the infotainment screen. The Android Auto interface is simple and easy to use.
Connected Apps – Connected Apps provides a host of essential and exciting Apps like Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Book My Show and others on the infotainment system. The user can access these apps through the infotainment system even if these are not available in the mobile device. This requires the user to connect the infotainment system with a wi-fi hot spot.
Ecosense – This technology helps in optimizing fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by assisting the driver in driving more efficiently. For every trip, the user gets an Ecoscore out of 100, based on driving parameters like – speed, gear selection, acceleration, idling, clutch override and aggressive breaking. During the trip, the infotainment system keeps displaying an instantaneous Ecoscore and an average Ecoscore.
Emergency Call – E-Call in the XUV500 provides access to emergency services in the unfortunate event that airbags get deployed. This feature automatically calls the emergency service and also sends a text alert to 2 pre-set numbers through a paired mobile phone.
Commenting on the launch, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said “When it was launched in 2011, the XUV500 broke new ground in automotive technology with several innovative technology firsts to its credit. We continued with this focus, adding more sophisticated and hi-tech features in the New Age XUV500 in 2015. Now, with the introduction of these new technology features, such as Ecosense and Android Auto, we have further pushed the boundaries to set new benchmarks in the SUV category. As a pioneer in providing technology accessible to the consumers, we have always strived to stay ahead of the curve in the realm of technological offerings. Our new offering in the XUV500 will enhance the in-vehicle experience further and will make driving even more comfortable, pleasurable and efficient”.