Snapshot – The Mahindra XUV500 crossover was launched in the winter of 2011. Ever since, the crossover has gone on to decimate the D-Segment sedan segment, offering buyers masculine styling, 7 seats, a powerful turbo diesel engine, and plenty of safety and comfort features. There’s a downside though. The XUV500 popularity has made it all too common on Indian roads. While the recent facelift does give this SUV enough to grab some more attention, a modified XUV500 is the way to go if you want people to take a second look at your ride. Here are 7 such modified Mahindra XUV500 crossovers that stand out from the crowd.
Mahindra XUV Intrepid
As far as over the top, look-at-me styling goes, this Mahindra XUV500 takes the cake. Built by a Bangalore based car enthusiast called Zubair Abdulla, and named the Intrepid, this XUV500 features tyres that would better suit a tractor. Red paint is used generously, from adorning the winch to sticking out from the rear on the auxiliary fuel tank. The XUV500 also sees a matte grey paint finish, a custom front grille and a resculpted bonnet.
Mahindra has prepped up an XUV500 for rallies, and comandeered by Indian motorsport legends such as Gaurav Gill and Lohith Urs, the crossover has actually beaten sedans and hatchbacks at the rally tracks across the country. The XUV500 modified thus is called the Super XUV. Modifications include fiberglass for the bonnet, doors and hatch lid, Reiger 3 stage adjustable suspension, a RaceDynamics tuning box, a custom RaceDynamics ECU for the on-off four wheel drive system, weight reduction and a full fledged roll cage.
At the launch of the XUV500, Mahindra announced design highlights of this crossover that were inspired by the Cheetah. Mahindra first put out an ad in which a Cheetah jumped onto the XUV500’s bonnet, wowing the passengers inside. Taking things another step ahead, the automaker’s customization division put together a custom paint job for the crossover, one that mimicked the cheetah’s stripes. An attention grabber on the road? You bet.
DC Design’s Mahindra XUV500 Custom
DC Design has put together a custom Mahindra XUV500, and unlike most overdone designs from the outfit, the XUV500 is a tasteful one. The front end of the crossover sees a new grille and bumper, which make the XUV500 look more butch. Much of the action has been focused on the inside of the vehicle, which gets a full fledged lounge treatment.
Mahindra XUV500s with Wrap Jobs
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You don’t need to try too hard to make an impression, is what this wrapped Mahindra XUV500 seems to indicate. A matte black wrap adorns this custom job’s bonnet and roof, compleletely transforming the looks of this SUV.
The matte black paint job contrasts well with the red body of the crossover, and the ten spoke alloy wheels sitting on fatter rubber give the XUV500 natty looks.
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Here’s another gorgeously done up XUV500, which features a orange matte wrap for most parts of its body, contrasted with a strategically done up black body parts. For instance, the area under the front grille gets a matte black wrap, and the same is the case with the roof of the crossover. The tail lamps also adopt a blacked out look, adding to the contrast.
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Military green is a shade that car makers cannot offer on their cars due to regulatory restrictions. With car wrappers though, it’s a different ball game. Here’s an XUV500 wearing a matt olive wrap with the roof getting a contrast, matte black wrap. The alloy wheels have been given the matte black treatment as well. And so is the case with the side steps, wing mirrors and door handles. On the looks front, this XUV500 is another wrapped winner.
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