Mahindra is carrying out extensive testing of the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 on public roads ahead of its launch next year. A new spy shot published by Motoroids has revealed the facelifted Mahindra XUV500’s headlamp.
The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 features new double barrel headlamps without the S-shaped LED DRL strip. Previously spotted test mules had the same headlamps with the S-shaped LED DRL strip as the current car, however. A closer inspection reveals a lower grille with a new design, with three horizontal slats. A new radiator grille is also expected on the facelifted model.
Along with the fresh styling, the Mahindra XUV500 will receive performance upgrades. The current model’s 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine produces 103 kW (138.07 hp) and 330 Nm of torque. Mahindra will retune this engine to develop 170 hp and around 400 Nm of torque. The 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission choices will remain unchanged.
A report last month said that the 2018 Mahindra XUV500’s launch will take place in early 2018. Mahindra could use the Auto Expo 2018 to unveil the new model in presence of a global audience in February next year.