2018 Mahindra XUV500 launch next month? Gets more premium

Mahindra XUV500 was first launched in 2011. In the last six years, the company has sold over 1.7 lakh units of the 7 seater SUV.

Mahindra XUV500 has been a resounding success ever since it was launched six years ago in September 2011. This Sports Utility Vehicle, the recipient of a host of awards, has created multiple new records, one of them being – sales crossing the 1.7 lakh unit mark in Africa.

Mahindra XUV500 from M&M has been regaled by a large segment customers due to its design, performance, internal space and last but not the pricing. Priced in a range of INR 12.03 to 18.17 lakhs, XUV500 was launched in September 2011 in three variants and one diesel engine option. Today, the car is on offer with 17 variants and two diesel engine options (1.99 liter and 2.2 liter).

But inspite of offering such unique package, sales of Mahindra XUV500 have been on the decline. One of the biggest reasons for that is the launch of new SUVs like the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Creta. Though they are not exactly in the same segment, launch of Creta and Compass has resulted in decline in sales of the XUV500. In order to get their market share back, Mahindra will soon launch the updated XUV500, which has now been spied for the first time without any camouflage.

Mahindra XUV500 has managed to separate itself from the crowd, thanks to the stylish design and best in class road presence. The new design is aimed at attracting the young and successful. In the front you have a new grille with new headlight and bumper. At the rear, you can see that the taillight is completely revised, making the rear look completely new.

Speaking about engine, the current options on offer deliver 140 hp and 320 Nm torque. But with rival Tata upping their game with the new Varicor 400 engine, that delivers 154 hp and 400 Nm, Mahindra surely needs a new engine if they want to put up a fight against the new Safari Storme, Hexa or the upcoming H5X.

Mahindra plans to launch XUV500 with the same 2.2 liter engine, but it will be tuned to deliver 170 hp and more than 400 Nm of torque. This engine will be mated to a six speed gearbox, as well as an auto-box. More details are not revealed, but it is confirmed that the new engine will improve the performance of XUV500 exponentially. Expect higher top speed and better acceleration. This new XUV500 variant will be launched this year along with a minor facelift, confirmed Mahindra.

As per a report, new XUV500 will get 18 inch alloys, royal tan colour seats, leather finish on the dashboard sides, more features on the infotainment, no CD player, a growling sound when you start the engine.

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