The Mahindra XUV 500 is the flagship product for the homegrown automaker in India. We tell you all the changes and upgrades it has received with this mid-life facelift.
The Mahindra XUV 500 has been with us for a long duration. Since its existence, Mahindra has given this premium SUV several designs and feature updates. All that said, the automaker has never given this vehicle a major overhaul in terms of its aesthetics. This is because the design, in the first place was quite attractive and has the characteristic of a butch SUV which everyone wanted. With the recent updates, Mahindra has given the XUV 500 a premium touch. And also improved it in several other places where it needed to be. In this report, we tell you all that you need to know about this vehicle.
What All Has Changed With The Design?
Let’s first talk about the exteriors of this SUV. The 2018 Mahindra XUV 500 comes with slight revisions in its design. From the front, the SUV looks more or less the same as before. However, it now comes with a redesigned grille with chrome highlights that add a bit more character to the front end of the vehicle. Furthermore, the headlamps are also redesigned and feature projector lamps. The SUV also gets LED daytime running lights. In addition to these, the XUV500 will also get new ORVMs and alloy wheels. At the back, the fascia of the SUV features major changes. It now comes with completely redesigned tail-lamps.
What About The Interiors?
Coming to the interiors, we have to say that the overall design of the cabin remains identical to the current spec version. However, it now comes with several modifications which provide a fresh feel. For instance, the dashboard now comes in a different colour scheme. Furthermore, to add to the premium feel, the 2018 Mahindra XUV 500 comes with soft-touch points on the console. It Also comes with a new climate control unit. In addition to these, the car further gets more cubby holes and smart storage spaces. Adding to the up-market feel are the faux aluminium and piano black inserts on the central console. Also, Mahindra will provide leather wrapped seats on the top-spec variants, increasing adding to the premium appeal.
Has The Feature List Gone Up?
In addition to the design updates, the new XUV 500 also comes with a number of new features as well. Primary of these is the new touchscreen infotainment system which offers Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity options. Furthermore, the SUV comes with automatic climate control, height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls to name a few. In addition to these, it is going to come with features like follow me home headlamps, automatic headlamps among the others.
- Projector Headlamps
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- 18-inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
- Dual-tone leather Seats with Quilted Stitching
- Leather Finish on Dashboard and Door Pads
- Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat
- Puddle Lamps
- Piano Black Trim on Centre Console
- Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Reverse Parking Camera With Guidelines
- Dual Mobile Charging Sockets
- Touchscreen Infotainment System with Blue Sense and Android Auto
- Automatic Climate Control
- Cruise Control
- Steering Mounted Audio Controls
- Remote Tailgate opener
- Rear wash/wiper with Defogger
- Follow Me Home Headlamps
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Does It Get A New Engine?
No, the 2018 Mahindra XUV 500 Facelift comes with the same engine as before. However, this 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine is slightly retuned. It will produce 155 BHP along with 360 Nm of peak torque. This is thanks to a new turbocharger. The diesel engine is going to come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard across the range. Expect for the base variant, all the other trims will offer the option of an automatic gearbox. The petrol variants are going to get a 2.2-litre engine which pumps out 140 BHP of power. This one comes as standard with an automatic gearbox only. In the Delhi-NCR region, the XUV500 will retail with a 1.99-litre diesel mill.
|Power||155 BHP||140 BHP|
|Torque||360 Nm||320 Nm|
In terms of mileage, the 2.2-litre diesel engine promises a fuel efficiency of 16 km/l. While the 2.2-litre petrol engine also promises a mileage of 16 km/l.
|Engine||2.2-litre mHAWk||2.2-litre mHAWk|
|Mileage||16 km/l||16 km/l|
How Much Will It Cost?
Coming to the price, the base variant of the 2018 Mahindra XUV 500 is going to retail at a price of INR 12.32 lakh. While the top-end version goes for a price of INR 17.88 Lakh. The petrol variant will retail at a price of INR 15.43 lakh. In the previous generation, the prices of the INR 12.78 lakh to INR 8.89 Lakh. With this, the XUV500 fall right in the pack with the Jeep Compass and the Tata Hexa.
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