The Mahindra XUV500 facelift has been spotted for the first time sans any camouflage. This is the second major update for the Mahindra SUV since its introduction after the last facelift in 2015. The facelift adds new fascia and completely redesigned taillights along with revised powertrain and added features.
The fascia now gets a new grille with mesh motif decorated with chrome inserts. The grille extends over to the air-dam which is separate on the current model encompassed in a chrome finish. The headlights have been tweaked over the current car and get projectors with LED day-time-running-lights. The fog lamp design appears to be the same as on the current car but there is a subtle deletion of chrome around it. The rear-view mirrors with integrated turn signals have been carried over.
At the rear, the tailgate has undergone a comprehensive update. The tail lights are triangular in shape and now extends on to the tailgate instead of being wrap-around. Although still wrapped, the bumpers appear to be slightly updated and the number plate space also gets a restyled chrome strip. The new tailgate spoiler gets a newly integrated stoplight as well. The W11 variant spotted here had rear wipers as well.
There is no picture of the interior available right now. But expect an updated cabin with the new infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, soft-touch plastic and many more added creature comforts. The upholstery and standard features will also be more premium than the current car. Under the hood, there are reports of an updated 2.2-litre motor with a boost in power figures. There are rumours that with the update the new engine will churn out around 170bhp and 350Nm. A new six-speed automatic gearbox is also on the cards.
Mahindra is expected to launch the refreshed XUV500 in a couple of months’ time. The new XUV500 will continue its fray with the likes of the Renault Captur, Tata Hexa, Hyundai Creta (facelift arriving soon), entry-level variants of the Jeep Compass and the D-segment sedans.