First launched in September 2011, the Mahindra XUV500 is set to receive its first facelift. All set for a launch in a few hours, Mahindra is still testing the XUV500 outside their plant in Chakan, near Pune. This is confirmed thanks to the latest spy shots sent in by reader Ashok Agrawal.
Officially teased and spied undisguised already, major exterior updates on offer with the new XUV are revised headlights with LEDs (Mahindra calls them light guides), new L-Shaped forg lamps with a generous amount of chrome surrounding it, updated front grille, which has a mix of piano black finish and chrome (very similar to what we have already seen on the updated Scorpio). Compared to the front, the side and rear largely remains unchanged, except new design for alloys.
Though not much is known about the changes on the inside, it is expected to get a new beige shade for the dashboard and seats, while one new added tech feature is the Voice Messaging System. This system will notify you when the door of the car is open (which door is open), when you put in first gear and the hand brake is engaged, and when you are not wearing a seat belt.
Engine option will be the same as present. This will be in the form of a 2.2l mHawk diesel engine generating 140 bhp power and 330 Nm torque. We do expect that the engine will feature a minor tweaks, that could result in better fuel efficiency. This engine is mated to 6 speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission variant is also in the making, but its not confirmed whether it will be launched today or not.
To create a buzz among fans, Mahindra has also started a new promotional campaign, which will result in 1 lucky winner winning a brand new XUV500 for free.