The top-end W11 trim of the Mahindra XUV500 luxury crossover has received a key infotainment update in the form of the Apple CarPlay interface. Now, what does Apple CarPlay do? It essentially mirrors the screen of an iPhone connected to it, on the touchscreen infotainment system. This happens through Bluetooth technology, and gives the iPhone user easy access to various phone functions through the voice commands and the car’s steering mounted phone controls. From making and receiving phone calls to sending out text messages, Apple CarPlay adds a new dimension to the XUV500’s infotainment interface.
Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing – Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said,
At Mahindra our vehicle offer consumers Accessible Technologies. The introduction of Apple CarPlay enhances the convenience & connectivity offered by the XUV500 and will generate a lot of interest among our potential customers. To delight our customers, we will provide this update to existing owners of the W11 variant as well. They can visit a Mahindra authorised workshop to get their infotainment system upgraded with Apple CarPlay.
The XUV500’s infotainment system has already been equipped with Android Auto. This infotainment update will be factory programmed on every W11 variant of the XUV500. As for the existing W11 variants of the XUV500, they can get the Apple CarPlay app to the current infotainment system at their nearest Mahindra service center. Whether owners of other variants of the XUV500 will also have access to dealer coded Android Auto and Apple CarPlay remains to be seen. Mahindra offers these Smartphone mirroring software updates on the Marazzo and XUV300 as well, which means that the XUV500 is actually the third car in the automaker’s line up to receive this feature.
The Mahindra XUV500 is sold with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines but only the diesel top-end trim gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The diesel powered SUV uses a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 154 Bhp of peak power and 360 Nm of peak torque. 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes are offered with the XUV500, which gets front wheel drive and all wheel drive options with the diesel engine. The petrol engined model also uses a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged engine, but with 140 Bhp-320 Nm outputs and a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox as standard. The petrol powered XUV500 is a front wheel driven SUV. Prices of the XUV500 start from Rs. 14.94 lakhs for the base W3 trim, and goes all the way up to Rs. 23.86 lakhs, on-road Delhi.