Update - Motor Vikatan reader PV Dheepanraj has spotted the Mahindra XUV500 facelift, wrapped in camouflage. The previous report from Autocar India said the car would come out in May.
April 6, 2015
First cosmetic update for Mahindra's flagship offering within its brand.
Here are the first undisguised spyshots of the Mahindra XUV500 facelift, which according to an Autocar India report, would launch in May this year.
Designers have given the 'Cheetah-inspired' SUV a revised front fascia comprising of a chrome grille, an all new bumper with L-shaped foglight enclosures, a skid plate and re-profiled headlight clusters with what looks like integrated daytime running lights.
Over to the sides, the XUV500 facelift gets redesigned 10-spoke alloy wheels. Save for a larger, chrome-garnished rear registration plate enclosure, there are no further changes to the XUV500.
It remains to be seen if Mahindra has carried out interior changes or even mechanical updates for that matter. The XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Mahindra's Chief Executive for Automotive Division, Mr. Pravin Shah, told Indian Autos Blog that the brand aims to offer a hybrid variant and an automatic transmission on the XUV500. These variant additions could be introduced along with the facelifted model.
Rivals: Tata Safari Storme, Renault Duster variants, Nissan Terrano variants, Skoda Yeti
Expected Price: INR 11-16 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch Date: May 2015 (reported)