Ugly gets a makeover: New Xylo coming February 8
For all its practicality the Mahindra Xylo just couldn’t be called good looking. But it looks like the Mahindra design team has been given a dose of inspiration after the XUV came on the scene. Come February 8, and Mahindra will be launching a new Xylo, with a new front-end design as well as other minor upgrades.
This refreshed Xylo is coming in earlier than the expected launch date of March 2012. The Xylo facelift version will get new front grille and bumper, new headlamps and refreshed tail lamps. The Xylo facelift will be across all its variants and Mahindra will also offer a new top-end variant, E9 with more features than the E8.
The facelifted Xylo gets a contemporary grille with blacked out vertical slats. The clamshell bonnet gives the upcoming Xylo, a more mature SUV kind of look. The headlamps have been redesigned with a smoked effect and new turn indicators. There are minor changes to the front bumper, such as two rub strips to prevent scratches.
Unconfirmed reports also say that the new E9 variant of the Xylo may also get the Scorpio’s 2.2 litre mHawk engine. This engine churns out power of 120 bhp and torque of 290 Nm. The mHawk engine has 8 bhp more power and 30 Nm more torque than the 2.5 litre mEagle engine of the current Xylo. Hence, if Xylo gets the mHawk engine, we can assume, the performance will improve significantly.
The new top-end variant is expected to be priced around Rs. 10 lakh. At present, the Xylo is offered in four variants, D2, E4, E6 and E8 with prices ranging between Rs. 7.24 lakh and Rs. 9.46 lakh.
The Xylo is a good value for money proposition and a credible alternative to the Innova. The Xylo’s practicality and third row seating space and features make it a tough competitor to the segment leader, the more expensive Toyota Innova. The E9 variant and the new look should make it even better.