With a more powerful engine, 2017 Mahindra XUV500 will take on the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
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 confirmed working on the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 (facelift), likely to be launched by the end of this year. Bullish on regaining lost ground in India, Mahindra is developing new models and is keen on updating some of the existing models including XUV500.
The SUV will not only receive cosmetic updates, but it will get a more powerful 2.2litre mHawk diesel engine with 170bhp of power. One must note that the pre-facelift XUV500 puts out 140bhp of power, which is likely to be bumped up by 30bhp in the upcoming facelift. 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.
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 2017 Mahindra XUV500 also comes with a new Lake-Side Brown exterior shade, 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. First launched in 2011, XUV500 has been a money-spinner for Mahindra and continues to chip in decent monthly volumes. Read – New-generation Mahindra Scorpio To Be Launched in 2020
While Mahindra is yet to announce the exact launch date, the XUV500 facelift is expected to be launched sometime this year. It is expected that the facelift version of the bulky SUV will be up for retail by the end of this year
The existing model is available between Rs 12.45 lakh to Rs 18.59 lakh, however the prices are likely to change upwardly when it is rolled-out with a more powerful engine. Estimates suggest that the 2017 XUV500 price could fall between Rs 20 lakh to Rs 21 lakh (ex-showroom).
|Variant||Ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai|
|W4||Rs 12.45 lakh|
|W6||Rs 13.80 lakh|
|W6 FWD AT||Rs 14.68 lakh|
|W8||Rs 15.55 lakh|
|W8 AWD||Rs 16.44 lakh|
|W8 FWD AT||Rs 16.64 lakh|
|W10||Rs 16.47 lakh|
|W10 FWD AT||Rs 17.49 lakh|
|W10 AWD||Rs 17.57 lakh|
|W10 AWD AT||Rs 18.59 lakh|
Priced at Rs 12.45 lakh, the base W4 trim from the current version comes bereft of connectivity features and other bits bestowed on the last update. The next grade in the line-up, W6 is available with new features and is priced at Rs 13.80 lakh opposed to its FWD variant that is priced at Rs 14.68 lakh. While the W8 AWD and FWD AT trims are offered at Rs 16.44 lakh and Rs 16.64 lakh respectively. As we move forward in the range, the prices for the W10 variants range between Rs 16.64 lakh to Rs 18.59 lakh. Please note all prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai. Photo Gallery – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
|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.
The existing line-up on the other hand is offered with two diesel units-2.0-litre mHawk and the 2.2-litre mHawk. In terms of output, both the models develop same power, while there is slight difference in the torque. That said, both the engines dish out 140bhp, with 10Nm difference in torque, with the 2.2-litre unit producing 330Nm. Transmission choices 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.
– Android Auto
– Connected Apps
– Ecosense & Emergency Call
– New Lake-Side Brown shade
– Premium Black interior
In terms of dimensions, the SUV will remain unchanged, sporting the same contours as in the pre-facelift version. However, subtle changes are expected on the outside such as revamped headlamps, front bumper, rear bumper, grille and taillamps. Additionally, it is expected to sport new alloy wheels on the side. With minor changes, the recently updated model looks largely like the previous one sporting elements such as headlamps with LED pilot lamps and DRLs, moved up fog lamps, silver skid plate, edgy bonnet and lots of chrome for an aggressive look up front.
Furthermore, it rides on the 10-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels and Bridgestone Duelers tyres. At the back, there is a large tail-gate strip laden with chrome, well-integrated rear-view camera, steel spare wheel and power-folding wing mirrors. In addition, the new XUV500 also comes with new Lake-Side Brown colour scheme along with other shades including Dolphin Grey, Sunset Orange, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple, Pearl White, Moondust Silver and Volcano Black.
Styling updates on the inside may include new colour them, seat upholstery and accents. Mahindra is likely to add 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. In the last update, Mahindra added new connectivity features such as Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosence and Emergency call.
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 have been introduced 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.
Another first-in-class feature on the 2017 XUV500 is the 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. For a plusher look, it gets an all-black premium black interior colour theme. Read – New-generation Mahindra Thar – All You Need To Know
|Turning Radius||5.6 metres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70-litre|
The upcoming XUV500 facelift will remain unchanged in terms of proportions. 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
Front – MacPherson Strut
Rear – Multi Link
Front & Rear – Disc brakes
Front & Rear – 235/65 R17 tubeless radial
With updated features and more powerful engine, the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 will become more viable alternative to premium SUVs available in our market. The new model will take on the likes of Tata Hexa, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.