Mahindra is currently working to update the specification of their flagship, the XUV 500. As per reports, Mahindra will re-tune the current 2.2-litre mHawk engine to 168 Bhp, and there can be a slight increase in the torque output too.
The updated engine will come with a few more cosmetic changes to the vehicle. Mahindra XUV 500, which is facing stiff competition from the newer entrants like Tata Hexa and Toyota Innova has the least power in the segment may get a thorough update to compete better in the segment.
The finer details of cosmetic changes are not known yet, but it is being said that the car will receive the upgraded engine. Currently, the XUV500 is powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates 140 Bhp of maximum power and 330 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to either 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed Aisin sourced automatic transmission. The XUV comes in either FWD or AWD layout, which will remain same with the updated vehicle.
The increased power may affect the fuel efficiency. Currently, the Mahindra XUV 500 returns a maximum of 16 km/l for the manual and 13.85 km/l for the automatic. Mahindra may also add hybrid powertrain like the Scorpio, but details are scarce right now.
The seven-seater SUV will be in the same power territory as the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner after the engine update. The more powerful engine will also allow Mahindra to make space for the company’s upcoming diesel engines. Mahindra and SsangYong are developing a series of smaller diesel engines. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is expected to generate 130 Bhp that will debut in the Indian market with the manufacturer’s new MPV U321.
Mahindra is also working to update the new Scorpio. While the new Scorpio has been spied testing with camouflage at the front and rear, we can safely assume that it will be a minor facelift.