The Xylo was launched in India on 13 January 2009, with sales started in March 2009. Prior to its launch, more than 3,000 units were sold in the first full month. However, since then, sales have slowly declined, it is widely believed that the sales have not lived up to Mahindra’s expectations. The Xylo was loosely based on the ladder frame platform from the Mahindra Scorpio. The chassis was modified in order to take account of the Xylo’s longer wheelbase and higher refinement requirements. It is available with a number of seating configurations, including a 8-seater with two up front and two benches, or a 7-seater with two up front, middle-row captain seats and a rear bench. For safety features, some trim levels may come standard with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.
Originally, the Xylo was also rumored to have four-wheel-drive models, various test mules have been spotted on undergoing trials. However, none of the four-wheel-drive Xylos were ever being brought to the market. It might be likely due to the company’s fears of cannibalization to the sales of the Mahindra Scorpio, as well to a reluctance to invest further in development costs of an underperforming model.