With a more powerful engine, 2017 Mahindra XUV500 will take on the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
Bullish on regaining lost ground in India, Mahindra is developing new models and is keen on updating some of the existing models including XUV500. Launched before the onset of compact SUVs in India, Mahindra XUV500 has had a successful run so far. While the bulky SUV has received multiple updates in its itinerary so far, the company has started working on the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 facelift.
The updated model of the SUV was recently spotted during its test rounds alongside the SsangYong Tivoli based compact SUV and the TUV300 Plus. Since the test mule was completely camouflaged, design details are scare. While the car will retain the original silhouette, it is likely to see a few substantial changes.
– New alloys
– Android Auto
– Connected Apps
– Ecosense & Emergency Call
– Premium Black interior
Early this year, Rajan Wadhera, Executive VP, R&D and Global Product Development, Mahindra (Automotive Sector) had confirmed that new XUV500 facelift will be launched in 2017. While the company is yet to announce the exact launch date, it is expected to hit showrooms next month (December, 2017). Check Out – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
Currently, the XUV500 comes in the price range of Rs 12.45 lakh to Rs 18.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, the prices are likely to change upwardly when it is rolled-out with a more powerful engine. Estimates suggest that the 2017 Mahindra XUV500’s price might start from Rs 20 lakh for the base model, and go up to Rs 21 lakh for the high-spec trim.
Visually, the updated model will appear largely similar to the pre-facelift version. Though, it will receive minor styling updates giving it a more refreshing look. The latest spy pictures reveal that the SUV will get a new pair of alloy wheels with 10-spoke rims that we have seen on the XUV Aero concept. Face of the car could be revised with redesigned headlamps, bumper and grille.
At the back, the SUV will continue to feature large tail-gate strip laden with chrome, well-integrated rear-view camera, steel spare wheel and power-folding wing mirrors. Similar to the current model, the facelifted XUV500 will come in a choice of eight colour options – new Lake-Side Brown, Dolphin Grey, Sunset Orange, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple, Pearl White, Moondust Silver and Volcano Black. Read – New-generation Mahindra Scorpio To Be Launched in 2020
Styling updates on the inside may include new colour them, seat upholstery and accents. Mahindra might also introduce a new steering wheel, subtly revised centre console and instrument panel. One of the significant changes on the inside could be the new touchscreen infotainment supported by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car will retain the existing all-black premium black interior colour theme.
Gearing up for a new innings, the seven-seater SUV recently received vital connectivity features including Connected Apps, Ecosense, Emergency Call and Android Auto. Along with the above-mentioned goodies, the Mahindra XUV500 also comes with premium black interior and one touch lane change indicator. We may expect the facelift to pack-in more features, albeit for now there is no clarity on this front.
In terms of dimensions, the SUV will remain unchanged, sporting the same contours as in the pre-facelift version. That said, the SUV will measure 4,585mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,785mm high. It will sit on the 2,700m long wheelbase and will have a high ground clearance of 200mm. The turning radius will be 5.6 meters and the luggage storage space will be ample at 720-litres
|Max Power||140bhp @ 3750rpm|
|Max Torque||320Nm @ 1600-2800rpm|
|Max Power||140bhp @ 3750rpm|
|Max Torque||320Nm @ 1600-2800rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT & AT|
Mahindra is keen on loading up on XUV500’s power output, hence changes on the 2017 XUV500 facelift will be primarily mechanical. With change in the power output, the new 2.2-litre engine is likely to make 170bhp along with 350Nm torque. This indicates 30bhp jump in power compared to the current model that delivers 140bhp. With a more powerful engine, the bulky SUV will take premium models such as Ford Endeavour with 157.7bhp and segment leader Toyota Fortuner with 174.5bhp in its radar. While the power output will shoot up 30bhp, the torque is likely to be around 350Nm.
On the other hand, the existing diesel engines -2.0-litre mHawk and the 2.2-litre mHawk – will continue to power the SUV. In terms of output, both the models develop same power, while there is slight difference in the torque. That said, both the engines develops a maximum power of 140bhp, with 10Nm difference in torque, with the 2.2-litre unit producing 330Nm. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic unit. In addition, it gets standard FWD and optional AWD on select trims including W8 and W10. Read – Mahindra XUV700 SUV To Challenge Toyota Fortuner
With bump in the power output, the fuel economy of the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 is likely to dip. The ARAI rated fuel economy for the current model is 13.8kmpl in city and it returns 16kmpl on highways.
In the last update, Mahindra added new connectivity features such as Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosence and Emergency call. These will continue to be offered on the new model. The Android Auto technology enables easy access to Google search, navigation, music, messaging and calls by connecting the user’s smartphone with the car’s infotainment system. Mahindra claims that its responsive interface, powerful voice actions and integrated steering controls reduce distractions.
One must note that the Connected Apps on the SUV offered for the first time in the industry. These apps enable access to all other apps on the infotainment system, interestingly it works even without a mobile device. On the other hand, the Ecosence is yet another industry first feature that reduces CO2 emission and curbs fuel consumption. It additionally also allows sharing Ecoscore on social media platforms.
The XUV500 has a practical cabin layout with multiple storage compartments and cubbyholes. The second row of seats offers decent knee room, while the third row is a tad congested. The top trim gets electric sunroof, leather upholstery and 6-way electrically adjustable driver seats.
The XUV500 comes with the first-in-class emergency call feature that gives access to emergency services during any untoward event. It automatically calls the emergency service and sends a text message to 2 of the pre-set numbers. The dual airbags and ABS with EBD will be standard across the carline. Features such as ESP with rollover mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control and front fog lamps will also be on offer.
With updated features and more powerful engine, the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 will become more viable alternative to premium SUVs available in our market. The SUV will also see minor design upgrades and a pack of new features. The SUV’s new model will take on the likes of Tata Hexa, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.