Homegrown auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra created a sensation with the launch of the premium XUV500 in 2011. The XUV500 is Mahindra’s first monocoque SUV model which offered a luxurious yet affordable package to the price conscious Indian buyers. After generating ecstatic sells volumes initially which made Mahindra allocating the XUV500 units on lottery basis, the massive SUV’s monthly sales have eventually shrunk down to around 2,000-3,000 units. Now, Mahindra has offered the mid-life refreshed model of the XUV500 to boost its sales.
Let us take a look at the new refreshed 2015 Mahindra XUV500:
The flamboyant exterior design is one of the key reasons behind the massive popularity that the XUV500 received. While a bit over the top, the XUV500 design appeals greatly to the bling loving Indian audience and it certainly grabs attention on the road. The new 2015 XUV500 flaunts a more matured face featuring a refreshed bonnet, added design elements o the headlights along with LED DRLs, restyled radiator grille with slender chrome plated vertical slats, retouched secondary air dam and new bumper design with bold chrome ornamentation on the fog light housings taken the bling factor one step ahead.
The SUV also gets new multi-spoke alloy wheels and added new chrome décor on the license plate area to slightly tweak the side rear profiles respectively.
Besides these, the Mahindra XUV500 facelift also gets a new Sunset Orange body color option.
The XUV500 facelift’s interior has received subtle changes as well. The dual-tone dashboard gets a new color scheme of dark grey and beige. There’s a restyled centre console featuring an added storage compartment, the Touchscreen infotainment receives a larger screen and gives a miss to the CD slot. The W10 top trim model also gets a pushbutton start/stop.
While the layout and design of the new Mahindra XUV500 is more appealing, the built quality and plastic materials are still disappointing. The overall fit and finish are not yet improved as one would have expected.
Comfort & Safety Features
Another buy point of the Mahindra XUV500 is its feature-rich aspect. Though the SUV has a premium price tag, it offers a lengthy equipments list making it highly value for money. The new range-topping and fully loaded W10 model surely adds to its value for money prospect.
The new Mahindra XUV500 W10 trim comes packed to the brim with projector static bending headlamps, puddle lamps on the wing mirrors that project ‘XUV500′ on the ground, power panoramic sunroof, power adjustable driver’s seat, smart key with pushbutton start, 7 inch touchscreen integrated infotainment system with GPS, micro Hybrid technology, reverse parking camera, regenerative braking system, voice alerts for seat belts, door ajar and hand brake warnings, front armrest cooled storage box, tyre pressure monitoring system, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers. Safety features include 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, hill hold and hill descent control and many more.
Engine & Transmission
The new XUV500 facelift retains the 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel motor offering 140bhp and 330Nm and is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The powerful engine still has NVH level issues though.