Mahindra has finally started offering Apple CarPlay support in the XUV500. Android Auto support, on the other hand, was added two years back.
Interestingly, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is offered in only the XUV500's top-end W11 variant. Mahindra already offers the Apple CarPlay in two of its products, Marazzo and the XUV300. Until now, the Mahindra XUV500 has been the only SUV in its segment without Apple CarPlay support. The company hasn't announced any price revisions. The W11 trim is priced from at INR 17.16-18.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the help of Apple CarPlay, people with Apple smartphones will be able to get their devices connected to the SUV to use the features like hands-free telephony, Apple Music audiobooks, podcasts and CarPlay supported third-party audio applications.
Commenting on the latest development, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing - Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, "At Mahindra our vehicle offer consumers Accessible Technologies. The introduction of Apple CarPlay enhances the convenience & connectivity offered by the XUV500 and will generate a lot of interest among our potential customers. To delight our customers, we will provide this update to existing owners of the W11 variant as well."
The Mahindra XUV500 draws power from a 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which is known to deliver 103 kW (140.04 PS) at 4,500 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 2,000-3,000 rpm. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is also an oil-burner option available in the form of a 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine which churns out 114 kW (155.00 PS) at 3750 rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,800 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.