By Hercules Rodrigues
Mahindra has been long time working on an update for its XUV 5OO for quite some time now and after testing it for months now the SUV has been launched in Goa.
Design wise the XUV has taken a huge leap ahead with a new front face which now gets bold front grille with chrome inserts and while the headlamps basic shape remains the same, LED daytime running lamps have been incorporated into them. The side profile looks the same as the earlier car but gets new side cladding with a chrome strip and new R18 Piano finish alloy wheels. Coming to the rear, there’s a new redesigned tailgate with split taillamps, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and twin exhausts.
Interior front the new XUV gets pampered with more luxury. The dash and door trims are now made up of soft touch leather with fine stich lines thus elevating the cabins fit and finish. The seats get new quintet tan leather upholstery and are more comfortable than before.
Mahindra has packed its new XUV with loads of features such as 6-way power adjustable driver seat, Electric sunroof with anti-pinch function, logo projection lamps on outside rear view mirrors, Reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, Passive keyless entry, push button start, Tyre tronics brake energy regeneration system and smart rain sensing wipers. The 18cm touchscreen is equipped with Android Auto, advanced Arkmays Sound system and Eco sense technology.
Mahindra has developed a new smartwatch connectivity system that lets the user connect his/her smartwatch and phone to the infotainment system. Once connected it allows for wireless control of audio, temperature settings of the car.
Powering the Plush new XUV 5OO is the same 2.2 litre MHAWK diesel producing 155bhp and 360nm of torque. The petrol on the other hand makes 140bhp and 320nm of torque. While the diesel gets 6 speed manual and automatic, the petrol unit does with only a 6 speed automatic gearbox.
Mahindra is offering the New XUV 5OO in 7 colour options that are Opulent Purple, Volcano black, Pearl white, Moondust silver, Lake side brown with Crimson Red and Mystic Copper being the new additions.
Prices for the XUV500 are belowVariant nameEx ShowroomOn Road Goa G (AT)15,43,61619,05,269 W512,32,61515,11,487 W713,58,61516,58,392 W7 (AT)14,78,61517,98,301 W915,23,61618,81,545 W9 (AT)16,43,61620,23,879 W1116,43,61420,23,877 W11 (Optional)16,68,61420,53,530 W11 (AT) Optional17,88,61621,95,865 W11 AWD Optional17,78,61521,84,004 W11 (AT) AWD Optional18,98,61723,26,339