Exclusive: Upgraded Mahindra XUV500 coming in February

Mahindra has been working on an upgrade to the XUV500 and this new and improved version will be launched softly by the end of February. A source in Mahindra confirmed that an improved XUV500 is being worked upon and will be released by February end.

So if you have been waiting to buy an XUV500, it would be better to hang on just a little longer. Also read: Mahindra XUV500 known issues and solutions 

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What’s new with the upcoming improved XUV500?

Brakes

The new Mahindra XUV500 won’t have any changes cosmetically, but there are a few mechanical changes based on customer feedback (and complaints) that have been worked into the new model. The biggest change will be to the braking system of the XUV500. The new version apparently gets an all-new braking package. We aren’t sure what the braking “package” includes, but what we are sure of, is that it will address the concerns of noisy and spongy brakes that XUV500 owners have reported.

The Mahindra XUV500 has disc brakes all around – with ventilated discs and four-piston calipers in front and solid discs at the rear. It features ABS on all the current variants. The brake pads are sourced from Bosch at the moment.

Infotainment system

The other change is to the infotainment system in the W8 model, which has been plagued with little niggling problems – from GPS system not working, to parking sensor and optional camera malfunction, to iPod and Bluetooth connectivity issues. This system is being replaced with an upgraded version, which hopefully should have all the issues sorted out in it. The upgraded XUV500 is also likely to get a better “voice command” system with better functionality like the Mahindra Xylo E9 variant.

Besides these two major changes, the source also said there are a “few other minor improvements” that have been made to the vehicle, and we hope these t0o would be in addressing customer complaints. Hopefully, even the transmission overheating and vibration issues with the all-wheel drive variant too have been sorted out, considering Mahindra is taking bookings for the AWD again.

No changes are likely to be carried out to the overall design of the vehicle. It is likely that the improved XUV500 will be released in the last week of February, and customers who get delivery then will get the improved version. It’s unclear whether existing XUV500 owners can get the upgraded braking system retrofitted though. Also read: How serious are the faults with the Mahindra XUV500?

We’ll keep you posted on further developments.