- The spied images corroborate our earlier report of high-quality leather upholstery and piano-black finish on the centre console.
- A single-tone all-black dashboard with soft-touch leather trim, silver accents, and aluminium pedals can be seen in the spied images.
- The instrument console is carried forward from the current car.
- Infotainment system might be updated with features like Android Auto, Connected Apps and EcoSense
Last week we had exclusively reported the four new features of 2018 Mahindra XUV500. You can read about it over here. Now, a few images of the refreshed XUV500’s cabin have surfaced online that validate our news report. They indicate that Mahindra’s flagship SUV will now get better quality leather upholstery than the outgoing model. Besides that, a piano black finish for the centre console as well as leather inserts in the door cards are expected.
The facelift mule comes with tan-coloured leather seat covers and quilted cross stitching. The dashboard gets an all-black theme with soft-touch faux leather trims. The waterfall centre console has been done up in a piano black finish. This look gets a further touch of sophistication with brushed aluminium style trims on the dashboard. The new model will also come with aluminium foot pedals to add an element of sportiness besides leather inserts in the door cards.
The infotainment system is expected to undergo a major update as well. The carmaker might add Android Auto, Connected Apps and EcoSense to the system. But the Apple Carplay won’t be part of the update, according to the rumours.
The undisguised spy images of the facelifted XUV500 surfaced online a few days ago. So we know that the fascia is updated with a revised grille, new headlight signature with LED DRLs, a triangular tail-lights set-up and a redesigned tailgate. As we reported earlier, Mahindra will also add diamond cut alloy wheels to the update to elevate the premium factor of the SUV. However, we believe that these will only be included in the top-spec W10 variants.
The mill under the hood will be a tuned 2.2-litre diesel and petrol engine with a slight bump in power. Both engines will have the option of a six-speed manual or a six-speed AT. Once launched, the new and updated XUV500 will continue to compete against the likes of Renault Captur, Tata Hexa, upcoming Hyundai Creta facelift, and some variants of the Jeep Compass. Prices are expected to be slightly higher than the current model.
After the XUV500 facelift, which is likely to be introduced anytime during the next few months, Mahindra will be launching the rebadged version of the G4 Rexton in India. It will be positioned above the XUV500 and will be the new flagship vehicle in Mahindra’s line-up.