Mahindra XUV 500 is one vehicle that has been most affected by Jeep’s most affordable SUV, the Compass in the market. The current version of the XUV 500 has been around for a while now and people are losing interest in the vehicle. Mahindra has been working on the new version of the XUV 500 that will get many additional features. Here are 10 reasons why the new Mahindra XUV 500 will give tough competition to the Jeep Compass.
There have been numerous rumours in the past about the engine of the new XUV 500. It is now confirmed that the new XUV 500 will get a more powerful engine. The new XUV 500 will be powered by the same 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged diesel engine that will produce a maximum power of 155 Bhp and a peak torque of 360 Nm.
The current version of the XUV 500 gets the same engine but the power output is restricted to 140 Bhp and 330 Nm. The Compass diesel is powered by a 2.0-litre Multijet engine that produces a maximum power 170 Bhp and 350 Nm.
More trim levels
To give more choices to the customers, Mahindra will now offer 5 trim levels with the upcoming Mahindra XUV 500. It will come with W5, W7, W9, W11 and W11 options. This will enable Mahindra to spread the features more uniformly across the variants and allow customers to choose from a wider price range.
Currently, the XUV 500 is only available in W4, W6, W9 and W10 trim levels. There are further variants divided among the trim levels like AWD and automatic but the features of each trim level remain same. The Compass is available in three trim levels.
More automatic variants
The upcoming XUV 500 will get four automatic versions which are expected to be offered with the W7, W9, W11 and W11 optional variants. Automatic transmission is gaining popularity in India because of the ease of driving in traffic and convenience.
The Jeep Compass only offers two variants of automatic transmission in India. The wider choice of automatic transmission will ensure that the customers with different budgets can target the automatic variants.
Jeep Compass only offers automatic transmission with the petrol variant. Also, there is no 4X4 automatic version in the Jeep Compass. XUV 500 will have a massive advantage over the Compass here. The XUV 500 will offer automatic transmission with the diesel engine options. The top-end variant, the W11 option will also offer the AWD system with automatic transmission giving a choice to enthusiasts. However, we may soon see the Jeep Compass with a diesel automatic option.
The upcoming XUV 500 will be offered with as many as seven colours out of which two are new colour options. The colour options include white, silver, brown, purple, black and two new shades – Copper and Red. The Jeep Compass offers five shades of colour in the Indian market. More colours mean more choices for customers. Mostly, customers in India go for the white option.
Loaded base variant
Even the base variant of the Mahindra XUV 500 will be quite loaded. The base variant of the Compass will offer electrically adjustable ORVMs, split tailgate, twin exhaust, roof rails, 6-way adjustable driver seat, dual HVAC, reading lamps, power windows, remote tailgate opening, glove box with laptop holder, flat foldable 2nd and 3rd-row seats and follow me headlamps.
The top end trim of the Mahindra XUV 500 will get many new additions like leather on the dashboard and door trims, 18-inch diamond cut alloys, window chrome lines, illuminated scuff plates, all-chrome tailgate applique, power adjustable 8-way driver seat, driver express-up window, puddle lamps, camping lamp and door ajar lamps. The Compass top end misses out on many features and is not as plush as the new XUV 500.
The new XUV’s large front grille, in a new design, and large headlamps with 18-inch alloy wheels will give an aggressive stance to the XUV on the road. The XUV 500 looks quite substantial in its current form. The new additions will make it a head-turner. The Compass also has unique looks but is not as aggressive as the Cheetah-inspired XUV 500.
The new XUV 500 will continue to offer a similar infotainment system but it is expected to be bigger in size. The touchscreen infotainment system will get Android Auto connectivity with a host of inbuilt features like driving statistics, tyre pressure monitoring system, fuel economy statistics and various other features that the Compass misses out on.
Value for money
The price of the XUV 500 is expected to increase marginally with the new updates but it will offer many more features compared to the Compass. This will attract a lot of customers who are looking for a larger, more loaded vehicle at a lower price. The new XUV 500 is expected to be launched this month and prices will be announced soon.