2018 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift launched in India; Much cheaper than Jeep Compass SUV

Mahindra has just launched the facelifted, 2018 XUV500 crossover, the utility vehicle maker’s flagship offering for the Indian market. Prices of the facelifted XUV500 start from Rs. 12.32 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai. Key changes in the XUV500 Facelift include a refreshed design at the front and rear, all-new interiors that step up the premiumness quotient, and a more powerful turbodiesel engine.

Even after the facelift, the XUV500 remains a lot cheaper than the Jeep Compass, its prime rival, which starts from Rs. 15.16 lakh. It’s also very sharply priced compared to the Hyundai Creta, and offers a lot more value than the much smaller compact SUV. The 7-seat SUV has been launched in 5 diesel variants and 1 petrol variant: W5, W7, W9, W11, W11 Option Pack and G AT (petrol).

Variant wise prices of the XUV500 Facelift

Key changes to the design of the XUV500 include revised headlamps with LED DRLs, a new grille design and a reprofiled front bumper. The fog lamp housings are also new and the facelifted XUV does appear quite fresh from the front. At the rear, the changes are more profound, with brand new tail lamps that are wraparound units, a clear departure from the X’mas tree tail lamps. The tail gate and the rear bumper has been redesigned as well. The 18-inch alloy wheels get a new, diamond cut design, even as the profile of the vehicle remains more or less unchanged considering that it’s the facelift we’re talking about.  Two new colours are on offer: red and silver.

The 2.2-litre mHawk turbodiesel motor has gotten more powerful, with peak power now going up to 155 Bhp (from 140 Bhp) and peak torque to 360 Nm (from 330 Nm). The 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options remain unchanged, and so do the front wheel drive and all wheel drive layout. The 2.2-litre mHawk turbopetrol motor is also carried over, with outputs unchanged at 140 Bhp and 320 Nm, and a 6-speed automatic gearbox driving the front wheels as standard. Noise, vibration and harshness levels have been reduced due to better insulation. Ride quality and steering feel has improved, claims Mahindra.

More significant changes are on the inside, where the new XUV gets a full makeover. The dashboard gets a dash of luxury, with soft touch leather finish while the leather seats have a diamond stitch pattern, again to exude a luxurious feel.

The tweeters have moved to the A-Pillar while the infotainment unit gets new features such as Smartwatch connectivity and an Arkamys enhanced audio system. The center console gets a piano black finish. The facelifted XUV500 continues to retain its 7-seat layout, spread across three rows. The SUV has already reached dealerships and bookings are now open.