Mahindra & Mahindra will launch the facelifted XUV500 crossover later this year. Launched in 2011, the XUV500 has been a roaring success for the Indian utility vehicle maker, managing to outsell every D-Segment sedan in the market, thereby firmly establishing the fact that Indian buyers prefer SUVs to sedans in the 10-20 lakh rupee segments. 4 years since its launch, sales of the Mahindra crossover have showed signs of slowing down, and the facelift will arrive in time to put the bang back in the XUV500’s sales performance. A new set of spyshots that have caught the XUV500 testing have revealed new details of the crossover.
The facelift crossover will gain a sunroof, among the many new features. The front end will see new headlamps, a new grille and a re-profiled bumper. The flanks will see the addition of a new alloy wheel design while the rear will be largely unchanged save for additional chrome embellishments. A chrome package that goes big on the shiny stuff is expected to be made available as an option. On the inside, the XUV500 is expected to gain new features, with mild changes to the dashboard and interiors. On the whole, segment leadership in terms of features offered will be the crossover’s aim, even in facelifted guise.
In terms of mechanicals, the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbo diesel engine will be retained. While the motor makes 140 Bhp-330 Nm on the current XUV500, power and torque figures of this engine on the facelifted model remain unknown. While a 6 speed manual transmission is standard fare on both the front wheel and all wheel drive variants of the crossover, a 6 speed automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin will be the major mechanical addition on the facelifted model. The automatic variant of the crossover is expected to attract more D-Segment sedan buyers towards the XUV500.
Mahindra is also betting big on hybrid technology, and the XUV500 Diesel Hybrid was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. This variant, which promises a fuel efficiency bump up of up to 40 % will eventually be introduced in India. The diesel hybrid variant of the XUV500 will use an electric motor in tandem with the diesel engine. Mahindra also has plans of adding the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo petrol motor to the XUV500’s engine line up. Currently, this engine forms a part of the automaker’s export portfolio. The turbocharged 2.2 liter mHawk petrol mill makes 156 Bhp-280 Nm.
Spyshots courtesy Motorbeam