The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift is slated to be launched next year. The flagship vehicle of the Indian automobile giant, the XUV500 has been a very successful SUV. However, it has come under a lot of pressure after new launches like the Toyota Innova Crysta, Tata Hexa and Jeep Compass. Mahindra will be updating this SUV in form of a facelift and it will come with minor cosmetic changes and some new features. The engine will also see a bump in power and overall, it will a much improved vehicle in terms of fit and finish and also refinement.
The Mahindra XUV500 W9 variant has been recently launched. It is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. This variant gets some more features from the W10 variant. It has a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which has around 140bhp of power and a torque of 330Nm. Mahindra will be also launching a new updated diesel engine with its facelift. This new diesel engine will have around 170bhp of power.
The XUV500 2018 version will not get too many changes in its looks as it is only a facelift, however, the major difference will be in the engine. It is expected to be more exciting to drive and also a better value package than before. What will be new in the Mahindra XUV500 facelift? Will it be a better buy now? Read further to know more.
2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift Launch Date
The 2018 XUV500 version is expected to be launched by mid-2018. It shall be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018, in all likelihood. Not much is yet known about the 2018 edition, but Mahindra will look at bettering itself against competition.
Mahindra XUV500 2018 Price in India
There will not be much change in the price of the 2018 XUV500. The company would want it to be extremely competitive. There might be another new top variant introduced, hence the price walk may be taller, for the top version. The facelift of XUV500 will not see a major change in its pricing. The increase in power will mean that there will be a hike in pricing.
The XUV500 facelift will come with minor changes to the exterior. This will include an all-new front grille. This will make the SUV look more aggressive. The headlamps woll be the the sam ebut will get an upgrade in their illumination. A new front bumper will be added. It will house newly designed fog lamps and a new air intake. The side will not see many changes. The same door handles will continue to be offered. What will be new is a set of newly designed alloy wheels. These alloy wheels are inspired from the XUV Aero concept which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016.
The rear will hardly see any change. The tail lamp cluster will remain the same. There would be an addition of chrome on the boot lid, above the number plate. So it is only at the front where some change will be evident. There will be a new front grille if you see the images and it is clearly evident there will be minor changes at the rear too. Mahindra will not give it a big change but minor cosmetic upgrade. There will be a new design for the alloy wheels too.
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The interiors of the XUV500 2018 will not see many changes. The dashboard layout will be similar. It will get the newly added touchscreen system with advanced features like Android auto and Eco-sense. The instrument cluster and the steering wheel will also be the same. What will change are the seat fabrics and the leather upholstery. The interior colour theme will also be new and will make the inside look plush and more premium.
The 2018 XUV500 will continue to offer six and seven seating configurations. The space inside will also be identical and there will not be any change in that. The XUV500 facelift has one of the best seats and these will be unchanged. The driver seat will have electric adjustment in the top variants. There shall not be a major change in the styling of the dashboard, the seats will be beige. The dashboard will continue to be black and beige. In terms of features, we aren’t expecting anything new. It will continue to have the same set of features too.
|Front suspension||McPherson with Anti-Roll Bar|
|Rear suspension||Multilink with Anti-Roll bar|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 litres|
This is where the major change of the facelift will be in. The engine will be the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel, however it will now get a bump in power from 140bhp to 170bhp. This will make a lot of difference in the way this SUV will perform. The drivability will be much better and it will now be more fun to drive. We expect the 2018 XUV500 to feel much more punchier this time. The transmission options will be the same, however. This will include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. There will also be an option of a 4×4.
This improvement of performance can be seen on highway driving majorly. There will not be a major difference in the city. This more power will shine on an open road. The performance will improve and drivability will also see an uphill. The need to shift gears shall also reduce.
The second engine will be the 2.2-litre petrol. This engine will also produce close to 140bhp of power and shall come with a six-speed automatic transmission only. There will be no manual and it come in G9 variant only. Mahindra is looking at getting only one variant and experimenting in this segment. Wish to know more about the new petrol engine, read here.
Ride and Handling
There will not be any change in this aspect. The XUV500 2018 had a decent ride and this will be unchanged. The handling will be nimble as before, but due to the added power, it may see the suspension getting slightly stiffer, to be able to handle the extra power and torque. Apart from this nothing will change. The brakes will be upgraded for fade-free experience. The driving dynamics shall remain more or less the same. We do expect Mahindra to increase the ground clearance as this will make the AWD version owners a tad more happy.
The 2018 XUV500 facelift will return around 10km/l on the city and around 15km/l on the highway. The automatic variant will return around 9km/l in the city and about 15km/l on the highway. The XUV500 2018 hasn’t been very fuel-efficient, majorly due to its weight and performance. The same goes for the Scorpio too.