XUV500 facelift could launch with AT and a hybrid variant.
Here are more spyshots of the purported Mahindra XUV500 facelift caught testing in Chennai by a RushLane reader. Launched in September 2011, Mahindra has started working on a model year update for its flagship SUV, and a launch would take place next year, company officials hinted to Indian Autos Blog.
The visible change on the outside is a new applique for the rear registration plate enclosure. However, the report suggests that a new alloy wheel design was also seen on this test mule. The dashboard of the car was under wraps too, suggesting that minor changes could be seen to the colours and material quality.
Mechanically, the XUV500 would continue with its 2.2-liter four-cylinder mHawk diesel engine which makes 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque, and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission with front wheel drive or all wheel drive. However, Mahindra could choose to introduce an automatic transmission on the facelift, as the company has indeed confirmed that such a model is under development.
Also confirmed by the company is a hybrid option for the SUV, a pre-production concept of which was shown at the Auto Expo this year.
The XUV500 has been a steady source of volume and profits for Mahindra, with average monthly sales of 2,805 units.
Competitors: Renault Duster top-end variants, Nissan Terrano top-end variants, Skoda Yeti, Tata Safari Storme
Expected Price: INR 11-16 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch Date: 2015
[Spyshot from RushLane]