72018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift (170 BHP)
One of the pretty popular products from Mahindra is the XUV500 – current flagship SUV from the brand. It has been in business for six years and the Cheetah inspired SUV sits in the highly competitive and high-on-demand SUV segment of the country. Now, with the competition increasing, the homegrown automaker is preparing to give it more power and a refreshing touch and the revised model is expected to come in market next year.
Mahindra XUV500 is currently powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of churning out 140 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 330 Nm of peak torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,800 rpm. In Delhi and NCR, Mahindra sells the SUV with a 1.99-litre diesel engine that pumps out same power and torque output as the 2.2-litre motor. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit as well.
The upcoming more powerful model will get the same 2.2-litre engine under the hood and it will be tuned to kick out 1670 bhp of peak power along and 400 Nm of peak torque as well. Expect the Delhi and NCR-specific Mahindra XUV500 to continue with the same 1.99-litre engine and it would also be upgraded to generate 170 bhp of maximum power. With the power and torque output upgraded, this SUV will become more appealing to the buyers.
Apart from the upgraded power and torque output, 2018 Mahindra XUV500 will get minimal updates at exterior and inside the cabin as well. Expect the headlamps and radiator grille to become updated, while the front and rear bumper too could get tweaked appearance. Apart from that, any major change is unlikely to be incorporated.
Inside the cabin too, Mahindra would equip the SUV with several features in order to make it more upmarket and competitive against its rivals. As Toyota Innova Crysta, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Creta offer impressive range of features inside the cabin, adding some upmarket features like a bigger touchscreen infotainment system, updated and plushy seat and upholstery materials would increase the Mahindra SUV’s appeal further. But, the space will remain same as there won’t be any dimensional change. On the pricing front, the updated 2018 Mahindra XUV500 would come around Rs. 30,000 premium compared to the current model.
Expected Launch: 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 13 lakh – Rs. 18.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)