We’re less than a month away from the facelifted Mahindra XUV500’s launch in India, and the SUV has just been spotted completely undisguised. Both the front and the rear of the facelifted XUV have been revealed through the latest spyshots. Up front, the facelifted SUV gets a new grille and bumper design, which makes it look quite fresh. At the rear, changes are a lot more dramatic. The X’mas tree tail lamps make way for wraparound units. The tailgate also gets a total redesign, and the new design gives it a more squatter, planted stance from the rear.
While feature additions/changes remain under wraps for now, it’s likely that the facelifted model will get a slew of new features to make it a segment leader. Under the hood, the 2.2 liter turbocharged petrol and diesel engines from the mHawk family will be retained along with a 2 liter downsized mHawk unit for the National Capital Region (NCR) market.
However, it’ll be interesting to see if Mahindra gives the engines a power and torque boost even as multiple reports on the interweb are suggesting a 170 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune for the diesel motor. The higher state of tune will allow the XUV500 to undercut the Jeep Compass, and position itself as a much better value for money offering. Ditto with the XUV and the Creta.
The petrol motor is expected to retain the 140 Bhp-320 Nm state of tune. If Mahindra doesn’t bump up power and torque figures on the diesel engine, current outputs of 140 bhp and 330 Nm are likely to be carried over. 6 speed manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered on the diesel engined models, along with front and all wheel drive layouts.
The petrol XUV will use a 6 speed automatic gearbox and a front wheel drive layout. The XUV500 will continue to offer 3 rows of seating with space for 7 adults. ABS and twin airbags will be standard across the range, with the top-end model offering 6 airbags, and a range of other safety features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are expected to become standard fare on the facelifted XUV’s touchscreen infotainment unit. Pricing should be more or less similar to the outgoing variant. Over to the launch now.