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2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift details revealed

5th Apr 2018 12:25 pm

Refreshed SUV to get 155hp diesel; automatic gearbox to be offered in four variants.

Given the sheer volume of spy shots floating on the internet, it’s no secret that Mahindra has been working on yet another update for the popular XUV500. While the revamped SUV will be officially launched in mid-April, we’ve just got our hands on some key details of the update. We’ve broken down all that we know so far about the updated XUV500.   

Will Mahindra change the look?
In a word, yes. The updated XUV500 will get a fairly comprehensive makeover. There’s a new look grille up front that’s embellished with a thick chrome surround and studded detailing, which is almost Mercedes-Benz A-class in style. The bumper has been tweaked as well, with higher variants sporting a dual-tone faux skid plate, while the reprofiled headlamps get projector units and LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs).

The new XUV500’s rear receives major styling changes, where the vertical tail-lamps have been replaced by new triangular units placed horizontally, just below the rear windscreen. The XUV500 also gets a restyled tailgate, with chrome accents above the license plate enclosure.

The XUV500 facelift will come with two new exterior paint shades, Mystic Cooper and Crimson Red, along with as many as four shades that will be carried over from the current model.

What will the XUV500 facelift be like on the inside?
Mahindra is clearly striving for a more premium look for the cabin. The XUV500 facelift will come with tan-coloured leather seats with quilted cross-stitching. Soft-touch materials on the all-black dash will also help the perceived quality in the cabin. Additional bits on the updated XUV500 include a mix of piano black and faux-aluminium trim on the centre console, which helps differentiate between this model and its predecessor. The refreshed model will continue to be offered with aluminium pedals – at least on its highest variant.

As far as tech goes, Mahindra has updated the infotainment system of the new XUV500 and will also introduce a new smartwatch app under its BlueSense banner, which will work with the infotainment system via Bluetooth. A ‘Technopack’ will be offered where users can connect to various apps like Gaana.com, BookMyShow, and get Cricket updates and more.

Any change to the engines?
Again, yes. Under the hood, the XUV500 gets a power upgrade too. The 2.2-litre diesel now delivers 155hp at 3,750rpm and 360Nm of torque at 1,750-2,800rpm on the top-spec variant. The engine gets a new sixth-gen turbocharger along with new ‘eVGT’ technology that works according to the ECU signals and acceleration. This motor delivers a fuel efficiency figure 15.4kpl as tested by ARAI. The lesser variants however, are likely to continue with the 140hp version which gives 15.1kpl (4X2 variant). Mahindra will also sell the recently introduced 140hp 2.2-litre petrol motor on the XUV500.

How many versions will be on sale? And what about equipment levels?
Mahindra will offer the refreshed XUV500 in five diesel and a single petrol variant. The top-spec variant will come with the new 155hp motor. The company will also offer the six-speed automatic gearbox option in as many as four diesel variants.

Here’s a look at what to expect in each variant in terms of equipment.

Mahindra XUV500 W5

  • 140hp 2.2-litre diesel engine with manual gearbox
  • Black and grey interior with fabric upholstery
  • Dual exhausts
  • Roof rails
  • Mobile charging point (front row)
  • Power windows
  • Remote tailgate opening
  • Rear wash/wipe and defogger
  • Follow-me-home headlamps
  • Flat folding second and third row seat (50:50 third row, 60:40 second row)
  • Dual AC (manual)
  • Steel wheels

Mahindra XUV500 W7

  • 140hp 2.2-litre diesel engine with manual/auto gearboxes
  • Black and tan interior with fabric upholstery
  • Chrome front grille inserts
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-mounted audio controls with smart key

Mahindra XUV500 W9

  • 140hp 2.2-litre diesel engine with manual/auto gearboxes
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Piano black trim on centre console
  • Telescopic steering
  • Reverse camera with dynamic assist
  • Mobile charging (first and second row)
  • Infotainment system with BlueSense and Android Auto

Mahindra XUV500 W11

  • 140hp 2.2-litre diesel engine with manual/auto gearboxes
  • Dual-tone black/tan leather seats with quilted stitching
  • Leather finish on dashboard and door pads
  • Chrome trim on exterior
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Puddle lamps
  • Camping lamp

Mahindra XUV500 W11

  • 155hp 2.2-litre diesel engine
  • Manual/auto gearboxes option with AWD
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 18-inch Diamond-cut alloy wheels (Optional)

How much will it cost?
There is no word on pricing as yet but we expect a price hike of around Rs 25,000-30,000 over the outgoing model.

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