Mahindra gave a major update to their popular SUV, XUV 500 in India. This is the third generation XUV 500 since its launch way back in 2011. The new model gets some significant style upgrades and mechanical changes compared to the outgoing model. We highlight the improvements/upgrades made by Mahindra over the old model here:
Mahindra XUV500 Styling
The shark-tooth grille on the older model gives way to a more matured and stylish chrome-studded mesh grille. The new set of headlamps get a new design with double barrel projectors and eye-brow DRLs. The front bumper is also re-designed with a new glossy black housing for the fog lamps. The central air dam finely blends with the grille. Overall the new XUV 500 looks classier and more imposing compared to the previous model.
The ‘running cheetah’ side profile is retained. The new XUV 500 get newly designed Diamond Cut alloy wheels. The running boards get plastic claddings with chrome inserts. The rear lamps are new with a triangle design which wraps the rear corners; this replaces the vertical units on the older model. The tailgate is also new with classy chrome tailgate appliqué, this looks trendier than the one used on the older model. The rear bumper is also mildly tweaked to complete the design.
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Mahindra XUV500 Dimensions
As expected, the basic dimensions remain same compared to the older model. (L:4585mm, W:1890mm, H:1785mm). That translates to same footprint and interior space for the old as well as new models.
Mahindra XUV500 Interiors
In the inside, the basic cabin design and layout remains same. However, the grey plus beige/ brown plus beige combination of the older model is replaced by a classy all-black colour theme with a soft-touch faux material used on the dashboard and door trims. Also, the black leather seats spotted on the older model is replaced with tan coloured quilted leather seats which look significantly upmarket and give the car an air of richness inside.
Mahindra XUV500 Features and Comfort
The new XUV 500 comes with a whole host of goodies when it comes to features and passenger comfort.
The car gets an advanced 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, Bluetooth and USB (Audio and Video). The infotainment system also gets Android Auto, Connected Apps and Ecosense features. Mahindra is offering an industry first smartwatch connectivity thru BLUESENSE. With this feature, you can control the car’s audio, climate controls, emergency assist, location services, tyre-tronics, fuel statistics and some more with your smartwatch.
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Other features include 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers, push-button start with keyless entry, Arkamys sound system and tilt and telescopic steering.
Coming to the safety front the new XUV 500 gets six airbags (front, side and curtain) to ensure safety for its passengers. Dual front airbags are a standard feature across all the variants. Also, ABS with EBD is a standard safety feature across the trims. The new XUV 500 also gets other safety features like the ESP, hill hold control and hill descent control (these features are available only in the top variants)
Mahindra XUV500 Engine
The new XUV 500 carries forward the same 2.2-litre mHawk engines (diesel and petrol). However, Mahindra slightly retuned the diesel engine to pump out more power. Under the present state of tune, the diesel mHawk 2.2-litre engine generates a max power of 155 hp (14 hp more than old model) and a peak torque of 360 Nm (20 Nm more compared to the old model). The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed AT gearbox. The 2.2-litre petrol engine is taken from the old model without any modifications and it generates a max power of 138 hp and max torque of 320 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed AT gearbox.
Mahindra XUV500 Price and Variants
Mahindra has switched to odd numbers to differentiate various variants this time (W5, W7, W9, W11 and W11 Optional (top-spec)). The petrol XUV 500 is available only in G AT variant.
The prices of the new XUV 500 starts from Rs 12.34 lakh for the base W5 variant and goes up to Rs 18.98 lakh for the top trim W11 (O) variant. When we quickly compare the pricing with the old variant, the base variant is, in fact, Rs 37,000 cheaper than the old one and the top variant is just Rs 16,000 expensive than the old model. Considering the added features the new XUV 500 proves to be much more value compared to the outgoing model.