Mahindra XUV 500, the flagship model of Mahindra is all set to get an update this year. The brand is already testing the vehicle in India and as per reports, the vehicle will be launched in the new financial year, which begins April 2018.
The new XUV 500’s highly anticipated feature was the remapped 2.2-litre mHawk engine that would have produced a maximum of 170 Bhp but as per our sources, the new XUV 500 will only come with the 140 Bhp engine. However, there will be many more changes to the vehicle that keeps it fresh and up to date on the market.
To start with, the new XUV 500 gets new LED daytime running lamps, which are much more prominent than the last model. The new car will also get new alloy wheels but the side profile remains the same as the last one. The body cladding gets a new position that gives the new XUV a new look. At the rear, the bumper has been upgraded and gets a new shape while the tail lamps have been updated to new LED ones too.
The front grille will also get an update and will get a chequered skeleton. The exterior changes of the XUV 500 are not extreme but they are enough to make people notice about the changes.
On the inside, the new XUV will largely remain the same. The interiors have been upgraded with leather options on the higher spec model. Mahindra has also added new soft-touch materials to add a premium feel the vehicle. The infotainment system, which was recently upgraded with additional features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also gets an upgrade with a larger screen size. The infotainment system is quite loaded with features like TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)and driver driving style graph.
Apart from these changes, the XUV 500 will mechanically remain the same. The current 2.2-litre engine churns out a maixmum of 140 Bhp, and it will continue to do so. There will be an AWD option and an automatic transmission option too.
The XUV 500 takes on the Hyundai Creta and lower variants of the Jeep Compass directly in the market. The Compass has gained a lot of popularity in the market but XUV’s unique features like its sunroof and a very detailed driver information display continues to attract a lot a crowd. The new Creta will also get a sunroof but XUV 500’s 7-seats will still work as an advantage for the vehicle. The prices are expected to remain similar to the current model with minor changes to accomodate the new features.