Mahindra is all set to launch their upgraded version of their massively popular SUV, the 2018 XUV500 soon. Mahindra has already started dispatches of the new XUV500 to showrooms all over India to ensure that the new XUV500 is available to the masses as soon as the car is launched in April 2018. As informed earlier, the car will come with updated exterior design, new features inside and a retuned diesel engine.
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The car is expected to be powered by the existing 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine. However, Mahindra will be offering the top trims with a slightly tuned-up version of this engine, which will generate a maximum power of 157hp and 360Nm peak torque. The engine will continue in the present state of tune (max power: 140hp and 330Nm) for the base and mid variants.
The present 6-speed manual gearbox and the Aisin 6-speed torque converter automatic transmissions will continue.
The new XUV500 will be offered in four primary variants: W5, W7, W9 and W11 (Please note that the present variants are named with even numbers ie W4, W6, W8 and W10)
The new XUV 500 comes with a lot of exterior design upgrades; new grille, a new set of headlamps with projectors and LED DRLs. The car also gets a restyled front bumper. The car will come shod with sportier alloy wheels, ORVMs with built-in turn indicators, newly designed wraparound tail lamps, redesigned tailgate and a new rear bumper.
The XUV will come with an all black dashboard with piano black and brushed steel inserts. The material used on the dashboard is faux-leather like soft touch material. The car will continue to accommodate seven passengers with three rows of seats.
The new XUV500 will come with an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system. The advanced infotainment system will offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. The facelift will also get a new automatic climate control air-conditioner, engine start-stop button, more cabin storage and cubby holes and sunroof.
Dual-airbags at the front and ABS+EBD will be offered as a standard feature across the variants. The top variants will get side and curtain airbags for added safety. Other safety features will include parking sensors with reverse camera, hill hold, and descent assist.
We expect Mahindra to price the car competitively offering maximum value for money to the car buying public.