Mahindra XUV 500 is all set to give its current-flagship SUV a major update this year. The brand has already been seen testing the vehicle in India and as per the reports; the vehicle is likely to be launched in April 2018.
The test-mules of the 2018 XUV500 facelift have been spied multiple times already. The updated XUV500 will feature a heavily revised front fascia which eventually means some expected changes to front bumper, headlamps and grille. The front grille will get a chequered skeleton. The XUV500 facelift will also get new LED daytime running lamps, a trend now seen on most new cars, and are much more prominent than the last model. Moving on to the sides, the alloy wheel design will be new and there will be minor tweaks to the placement of the cladding on the doors.
At the back of the SUV, the tailgate is likely to sport an all-new design. The rear bumper will also look different than the current model and the tail lamps will see a slight re-profile as well along with LED elements. The new car will also feature new alloy wheels, but the side profile will be the same as the last one. The body cladding gets a new position which amplifies the look of the new XUV. At the rear, there is an up gradation in the bumper. The exterior changes of the XUV 500 facelift are not extreme, but they are enough to be noticed by people.
Under the hood, Mahindra XUV will largely remain the same, but is expected to load up the SUV with premium interiors with leather upholstery at least on the higher specification models. Mahindra is also offering new soft-touch materials on the dash to add a premium feel the vehicle and an upgraded infotainment system with additional features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also has also been upgraded with a larger screen size. The infotainment system is also loaded with features like TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and driving style graph.
Mahindra was earlier reported working on a more powerful version and remapped version of the current 2.2-litre diesel motor for the XUV500, which is likely to churn out around 170hp, but as per the new reports, the new XUV 500 will only have the 140 Bhp engine. However, there are many more changes expected to the vehicle in order to keep it fresh and up to date for the market. Mahindra also launched the XUV500 G9 petrol AT variant recently, which is equipped with a new 2.2-litre motor, combined to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Beside these changes, the XUV 500 is likely to remain the same mechanically. There will be an AWD option along with an automatic transmission option too.
With the facelift model, Mahindra will aim the XUV 500 to give a run for money to the likes of the Renault Captur, lower variants of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta (which is also due for a facelift). The Compass is already the talk of the market, but XUV’s unique features like its sunroof and a very detailed driver information display can change the equations by attracting the customers. The new Creta will also feature a sunroof, but XUV 500’s 7-seats will provide an edge to the vehicle. The prices for the new model are expected to remain similar to the current one with minor changes to fit in with the new features. Mahindra is also likely to launch the new Rexton-based SUV later in 2018 which will be positioned above the XUV500 in the brand's Indian market.