2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift: Here’s what it’ll look like

Mahindra is likely to give the XUV500 crossover a facelift next year. The facelifted version has already been spied on Indian roads. The automaker may even showcase the upcoming XUV Facelift at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Here is a render that shows what the new XUV could look like.

2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift: Here’s what it’ll look like

The major changes are on the front of the vehicle, at the grille, which now gets an Audi-like beard. The headlamps and the fog lamps are also new. The front bumper also sees a redesign. Expect similar changes at the rear as well. The alloy wheels are also expected to get a new design.

The more critical changes will be under the hood. The XUV Facelift is expected to get a revised 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel engine with massive gains in power and torque. The revised outputs are likely to be 170 Bhp and 400 Nm, which represent a big step from the current XUV’s outputs of 140 Bhp and 330 Nm.

2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift: Here’s what it’ll look like

The newly introduced turbocharged mHawk petrol engine with 140 Bhp and 320 Nm is expected to be retained without any changes, along with the 6 speed automatic gearbox. Even the new diesel engine is expected to get the 6 speed manual and automatic transmission options. The new XUV is likely to continue with front wheel drive and all wheel drive options.

The interiors could see a few new features being added. The design of the interiors could see a minor refresh as well. The Jeep Compass has been very popular with buyers looking for affordable, yet premium SUVs. The facelift for the XUV is something Mahindra is carrying out to stave off competition from the Compass, and also to keep the XUV fresh for another couple of years before a full model change. Mahindra is also said to be developing an electric version of the XUV for launch in India sometime before 2020.