2018 Mahindra XUV500 will have the existing engine upgraded to produce 170 PS and 350-360 Nm torque; exterior and interior get tweaks
As we reported earlier, the largest SUV manufacturer in the country is working on a new facelifted avatar of its flagship XUV500. Since entering Indian market in September 2011, the upmarket SUV has been a popular model courtesy of its rugged dynamics and in fact it is the first Mahindra model to be based on monocoque construction emphasising rigidity and core strength.
Just over a year of its launch, Mahindra ramped up the production capacity to 5,000 units per month due to the increase in demands. It was at a period when the SUVs and crossovers were not big sales turners as it currently is. The design of the XUV500, claimed to be inspired by Cheetah, has not aged and it’s hard to believe that it has already been over six years since it came out.
|Engine||2.2-litre mHawk Diesel / 2.2-litre Petrol|
|Power||170 PS / 142 PS|
|Torque||350 Nm / 320 Nm|
|Transmission||Six-Speed Manual or Six-Speed AT|
Powering the XUV500 is a 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged diesel engine which can also be found in the Mahindra Scorpio. It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and peak torque of 330 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. It is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox developed by Ricardo.
In the Delhi and NCR region, it is made available with a downsized 2.0-litre mHawk diesel engine that develops same power and torque. Initially, the XUV500 was launched in two versions: the W6 in two-wheel drive and the W8 with two or four-wheel drive system. The W6 included a six-inch monochrome infotainment display, two airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and disc brakes.
The W8 additionally had GPS navigation, six airbags, a touch screen, electronic stability program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control, alloy wheels, leather upholstery, etc. A W4 base variant was only added later and after the facelift in May 2015 with cosmetic tweaks, the range was expanded with W10 and W10 AWD and AMT variants for W8 and W10.
On the new facelift , however, Mahindra is expected to introduce a more powerful engine. It is reported to be achieved by tweaking the existing mill to produce 170 PS and 350-360 Nm of peak torque. Mahindra could be doing this because the Xylo replacement internally codenamed U321 may see the debut of a smaller capacity engine, with 130 bhp, developed in association with Korean subsidiary SsangYong.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Mileage
|2018 Mahindra XUV500 Mileage||17 kmpl for diesel and 14 kmpl for petrol|
The facelifted version of the XUV500 could be tweaked for more fuel efficiency as around 17 kmpl is expected from the updated diesel engine while around 14 kmpl could be claimed figure for petrol version.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift India Price
|2018 Mahindra XUV500 India Price||Rs. 12.75 lakh to Rs. 18.80 lakh|
As we believed, Mahindra would apply minor exterior and interior changes to the upcoming XUV500 but more features will added to spice up the entire range. It won’t have big price difference as a hike of around Rs. 30,000 is expected across the grades.
Mahindra is also working towards viable electric mobility solutions as an electric XUV Aero is rumoured to be on the cards and the styling of the production model may well be looked after by the legendary Italian design house Pininfarina.
Additionally, an electric vehicle that can do up to 300 km on a single charge seems to be in the pipeline as well. With Maruti Suzuki reported to launch a XUV500 rival by the end of this decade, the rivalry in the SUV segment is about to get boiled over in the coming years.
Mahindra will likely introduce more petrol variants of the XUV500 with the facelifted model. Back in October, the brand launched the W9 variant of its flagship SUV – as a response to new competition from Jeep compass – with several features from the top-spec trim like electric sunroof, seven-inch touchscreen, reversing camera with dynamic assist, Mahindra’s Ecosense technology, etc.
So far, the recently introduced single G AT petrol variant uses a 2.2-litre motor connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It is capable of churning out 140 hp of peak power and 320 Nm of torque and is based on the same block as the 2.2-litre mHawk. It will likely be expanded into new trims with manual gearbox.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift India Launch
|2018 Mahindra XUV500 India Launch||February 2018|
As Mahindra recently introduced the facelifted Scorpio with minor cosmetic updates and sizeable power hike, we can expect the new XUV500 to reach shores sometime early this year. The spy shots are the obvious sign as we move closer to the market entry. We could see the new XUV debuting at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February as well.
The Mumbai-based company has constantly been introducing new variants of existing models in recent months while KUV NXT arrived with substantial changes. Mahindra will bring in Innova Crysta rivaling MPV and SsangYong Tivoli based Creta competitor next year as well. Both will follow the debut of the nine-seat version of the TUV300.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Exterior
Mahindra has tweaked a proven design but the resultant changes appear to be impressive rather than a bleak update but we are still a long way off from judging the finished product. Earlier spy shots suggested that the facelift might get a brand new front fascia. However, latest test prototypes indicate a newly designed headlamp unit.
The XUV500 facelift may adopt a new twin-barrel headlights with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights. The radiator grille portion and front bumper are expected to get updates for a refreshed appearance. The rear end and tail gate section seem to have been revised as well. The revised roof spoiler is likely to be sportier than the existing model. It will also get newly designed black alloy wheels as part of the package.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Interior and Features
As much as the exterior, the cabin will also see update to take the fight right on to its main rivals. The basic layout of the dashboard will remain the same but the touchscreen infotainment system could get updated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The equipment list may gain more features as well.
The important features in the XUV500 include standard two airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), GPS navigation, six airbags in top-spec trims, a seven-inch touchscreen, electronic stability program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control, alloy wheels, leather upholstery and much more.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Key Rivals
The upcoming XUV500 facelift will have the competition from Toyota Innova Crysta, Tata Hexa, Renault Captur and compact segment leading Hyundai Creta SUV.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Images
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