Snapshot: Mahindra & Mahindra will launch a facelifted version of its flagship XUV500 crossover in early 2015. 2014 will see no major additions or feature changes on the XUV500, whose line up recently got a cut price W4 variant.
Indian car and utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra will launch a facelifted version of its flagship crossover in March 2015. Codenamed the W207, the facelifted version of the XUV500 will be launched three and a half years from when the first XUV500 (codenamed the W201) was launched in India. Currently, Mahindra sells the XUV500 in four variants: W4, W6, W8 and W8 AWD.
The crossover is powered by a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine in 140 Bhp-330 Nm state of tune. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels or all wheels of the crossover depending on the variant. An automatic gearbox for the XUV500 has been in the pipeline for a while now and the facelifted version could usher in this feature.
While sales of the XUV500 hit a trough earlier this year, the launch of the cut-price W4 variant has given the crossover an additional breath of air with monthly sales getting a boost of nearly 500 units. The first monocoque product developed in-house by Mahindra, the XUV500 is feature packed. However, many owners of the XUV500 continue to complain about many features of the XUV500 not performing well over time.
While Mahindra did its bit by issuing a recall to replace faulty parts while also rolling out periodic upgrades, the XUV500 is far from being gremlin free. Therefore, the facelifted version of the 2015 XUV500 is expected to refine the various features of the crossover, apart from bringing more features to the table. A revised infotainment system sourced from Dijen, a Ssangyong supplier is one such major change.
A successful model for Mahindra, the XUV500 is produced at automaker’s Chakan factory. As of now, Mahindra sells the XUV500 in both India as well as export markets across the globe. This strategy is expected to be continued with the facelifted model as well.