Mahindra XUV500 facelift spied; to launch in May 2015
The Mahindra XUV500 has been around for four years in the Indian market. The SUV has been selling in decent numbers and has maintained its position in the market despite heavy competition from the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano. Mahindra feels this is the right time to give its flagship SUV a facelift to keep the cash registers ringing.
Camouflaged spy pics of the XUV500 facelift have been doing the rounds on the internet for quite some time but Autocar India has provided a sneak peek of the production ready SUV`s pics without any camouflage.
Talking about the noticeable changes in the XUV500 facelift, the refreshed model looks more attractive with features like a new solid chrome grille, refreshed clustered headlight with integrated LED daytime running lights and an upgraded bumper with silver finished skid plates. The fog lamps are placed higher-up as compared to the current model and also feature an L-shaped chrome finish to give it a premium touch. The side profile remains intact, except for the new 10-spoke alloy wheels which look really cool. There are no changes to the rear other than the size of the license plate garnish which has been increased.
With no spy shots of the interior, we can expect the company to bring changes in the form of better upholstery and equipment. Mechanically, the company will continue to power the XUV500 revamp with the familiar 2.2-litre mHawk diesel mill producing 140 BHP of power and 330 NM of torque mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. As per the company, its automatic and hybrid versions are also on the cards, but at a later stage.
Before we expect more from Mahindra with regards to the XUV500, we first need to be sure if Mahindra is going ahead and launching the facelift model this year itself. If speculations are true, the company might launch it sometime in May 2015. However, with its huge road presence, the XUV500 has managed to easily attract consumers in the Indian market. By offering ample cabin space, appealing looks and a 7-seater configuration, it makes the Indian consumer believe that ‘bigger is always better’.
This would be the first major upgrade to the vehicle since its launch in 2011. We expect the facelift model to continue selling in good numbers, considering the fact that it is not too different from the outgoing model. Once launched, it is going to compete with the likes of the Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Aria.
Source – Autocar India