After keeping it under the speculations for a long time, Mahindra and Mahindra has finally confirmed the launch date for the upcoming XUV500 facelift in the Indian market. The much awaited SUV will be launched on 18th April 2018 in the country. However, the 2018 XUV500 has already been spied testing in the country several times revealing all the design and styling details inside out. The pricing details are yet to be revealed and that we can expect to happen at the time of launch.
To be available in in 5 trim levels in the country, the engine specifications of the upcoming XUV500 include a host of powertrain options. The facelift version of the Mahindra XUV500 will receive the 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine that comes with the outgoing model, however this time the engine will be tuned for better performance than before. It will also get a 2.2 liter petrol engine with both engines mated to 6 speed manual or Aisin automatic gearbox. Apart from these two, more powerful 2.2 liter engine generating 155 hp will only be offered with W11 variant with AWD while all the other variants will continue with the same 2.2L 140 hp engine which is currently on sale. The 155 hp, 2.2 liter engine also gets a new sixth-gen turbocharger along with new ‘eVGT’ technology that works according to the ECU signals and acceleration. This motor delivers a fuel efficiency figure 15.4kpl, as tested by ARAI.
The updates mainly come in the form of design, styling and features of the upcoming SUV. At the outside, the front grille has been replaced with a new bigger one with a mesh-like design, updated bumpers and headlamps with DRLs at the front while the rear gets new tail lamps replacing the Christmas-tree styled tail lamps. However, the sides of the 2018 XUV500 remain same as the current model except for new updated 18-inch diamond cut alloys. Other features include camping lamp and door ajar lamps, window chrome lines, illuminated scuff plates and all-chrome tailgate applique.
The interior of the upcoming Mahindra XUV500 will offer more or less the same features as the current model including an electrified 8-way adjustable driver seat, dual HVAC, reading lamps, power windows, remote tailgate release, glove box with laptop holder, flat 2nd and 3rd-row foldable seats and follow me headlamps along with driver express-up window and puddle lamps. With this facelift the automaker is introducing a new top of the line W11 option, which will offer premium features like leather upholstery, and leather trim on the dashboard. Apart from the updated features, the new XUV 500 will be available in seven different color options with two all-new shades.
The expected safety features include airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), side impact beams, crumple zones for crash protection, disc brakes on all wheels and robust tubeless tyres as standard While the side and curtain airbags, Electronic stability program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, traction control with hill hold and hill descent control are currently offered with the top-end variants only.
The existing Mahindra XUV500 comes within a price range of Rs 12.78 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 18.89 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and we can expect the upcoming SUV to be priced Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 more than the outgoing model. When launched, the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 will take against the likes of the Renault Captur, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in the country. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for the launch updates of the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift in the country.