Mahindra XUV500 facelift spotted, likely to get a different grille

Dhruv Saxena

Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.

The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 has been spotted on test sporting a new grille. The spy pictures shared by Motor Vikatan of the upcoming facelift do not reveal much in terms of the changes that will be made to the exterior.

2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift front
The recently spied Mahindra XUV500 facelift test mule sports a new grille. However, this may not be the SUV's final production-ready form.

The design of the grille is quite different from what we have seen from Mahindra so far. This may or may not be the XUV500 facelift's final production-ready form, however. The camouflage ensures that most of the changes remain hidden. Unlike previous spy shots, this particular test mule is shod with the same alloy wheels as the current model.

The instrument console backlight, centre console, and the steering wheel seen in one of the spy pictures are identical to the ones in the current model.

Mahindra will the launch the 2018 XUV500 with an updated 2.2 l mHawk diesel engine retuned to produce 170 hp and close to 400 Nm of torque. Also on the cards is a new petrol variant, which according to reports, will be a 2.2 L unit based on the same engine block as that of the 2.2 L mHawk diesel engine. The motor will produce 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift rear
Along with the launch of the facelift, Mahindra is also expected to add a petrol variant to the lineup.

Also Read - Mahindra XUV500 facelift rendering

According to a recent report, the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 will be launched early next year. An Auto Expo debut in February could also be on the cards. The event is scheduled to kick off on Feb 7, 2018 for the media.

[source - Motor Vikatan]

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