Launched first in the year 2011, XUV500 is yet another mighty vehicle from the country’s own automaker – Mahindra & Mahindra.This sports utility vehicle is completely different from its earlier sibling UVs in terms of design, looks, style, performance, technology, safety and comfort features. It has sold out like hot cakes in the past years and has also won quite a few awards and compliments for the company. And now after selling one lakhs XUV500 models in the country, the company has come out with a face-lift to make it more pertinent in the highly competitive car market.
New 2015 face-lift
Mahindra lifted the wraps of the new XUV500 2015 on 25th May 2015. The XUV500 facelift gets exterior and interior design upgrades, additional features and also gets a new W10 variant. The base variant is offered at Rs 11.21 lakhs while the topoftheline trim costs Rs 16 lakhs approximately. Here are more details on the face-lift model.
The cheetah inspired XUV500 now looks more mature, thanks to the flared bonnet edges with a new skid plate, chrome finished grille, S-lined sporty headlamps, L-shaped fog lamps, and chrome lined window sills. The electrically folding ORVMs get new lights that project the logo and doors get request buttons. The new variant acquires a sunroof with anti-pinch. Although two new colours pearl white and sunset orange have been added to the colour palette, the earlier arctic blue shade has been withdrawn.
The cabin now gets a subtle black-beige colour combination and the centre console looks better with matt metallic grey accent. The instrument cluster, touch screen graphics and the cabin lounge – all gets an icy blue lighting. The pedals are aluminium finished and seats are a combination of leather, vinyl and fabric. The driver’s seat is 6 way power adjustable.
Equipment and features
The 6.2 inch touchscreen has now been replaced by 7 inch screen with 3D navigation, phone interface and Mahindra’s Blue Sense App. There is a rear camera with dynamic assist. Other comfort features are electric sunroof, vanity mirror, sunglass holder, auto up/down power windows, keyless entry, push button start and many more.
The face-lift comes almost with the same mechanics. Although XUV500 has the same 2.2litre M-hawk diesel engine, it has been tweaked to improve final drive ratio for better performance and fuel efficiency. Mahindra now claims that the New Age Mahindra XUV500 returns an ARAI certified 16 kilometres per litre. The shock absorbers have been adjusted and the updated Electronic Stability Programme has no doubt improved the ride and handling part of the vehicle. The clutch is also much lighter now and the refinement levels are also impressive.