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The 2017 Mahindra XUV500 is a great option to consider with these updates. This makes it an exciting product to consider.
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Mahindra is getting ready to launch the upgraded XUV500. Our sources tell us that Mahindra is gearing up for a launch in August, or maybe slightly earlier as well.The SUV had an update earlier this year, however this time the changes are expected to be skin deep too. The 2017 Mahindra XUV500 shall get cosmetic and even mechanical updates. We were the first to inform that Mahindra is looking at upgrading its XUV500 with Android Auto, new colour and some minor changes on the inside too. Now, there is more to it. The update for the XUV500 has already come in. New launches like Tata Hexa have put pressure on the XUV500. The launch is expected in August this year. But there are a few more changes to the cosmetics to make it an even better product. This will be the 2017 Mahindra XUV500.
The 2017 Mahindra XUV500 is expected get some changes in terms of features, quality and even the engine. There will be changes to make it more competitive with the existing products like the Tata Hexa and Toyota Innova Crysta. Mahindra XUV500 sales have slowed down, and one of the reasons could be the introduction of the Innova Crysta and the Tata Hexa.
At the moment, the XUV500 comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that churns about 140bhp. The engine and even the gearbox will get an update. The XUV500 will be much more powerful now. The suspension will also get some tweaking for better handling characteristics. The steering will be better calibrated to enhance the driving experience.
The new and updated 2017 Mahindra XUV500 should be launched by August this year. This will make it an exciting package to consider. Mahindra is looking at enhancing the 2017 XUV500 with more power and features. Mahindra will even be reviving its KUV100 and the Scorpio as well.
There won’t be any change in the pricing of the new XUV500, not for the same variants. However, a new variant is likely to be offered, which will see an increase in its pricing. This will be the new top-of-the-line version and it will be offering the best-in-class features. So, we can expect a similar pricing for the existing models on the titivated version. This is the expected price of the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 for India.
One of the major changes in the new XUV500 will be the power upgrade on the engine and even the transmission shall be tweaked. This SUV is expected to get a power bump to extract around 170 bhp of power. This will make it a much better value. The XUV500 already has the new-gen AISIN automatic gearbox. The engine and even the gearboxes will be tweaked for better performance. There should be some tweaking to the suspension as well. This will make the SUV have better ride and even handling as well. The 2017 Mahindra XUV500 shall even get changes in its suspension set-up.
The Mahindra XUV500 is already feature-loaded. So, we do not expect a lot of new features to be offered on the SUV. However, there should be some new additions too. There will be some changes in its design as well. This will make the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 look a tad different from its current design. There will be several new add-ons and it will be offered with more features this time around.
On the other hand, the Indian utility vehicle manufacturer shall be offering a new brown colour as well. This will be an all new colour and the interiors will be black majorly. So, the current interior colour trim is black and beige, with even the seats being beige. The seat fabric/upholstery shall now be black. If this isn’t enough, the XUV500 buyers will even get lane change assist as a new feature. What’s more? Anyone who has purchased the new-updated XUV500 (since 2015), will also be eligible to update their current music systems through the dealership.
So, the upgrades are different for different variants. For instance, there won’t be Android Auto on the W4 model, but the buyer of this model can definitely add lane change assist. The price for software upgrade for all customers is INR 599 + taxes. This will be offered on all the new Mahindra XUV500 models.
The XUV500 was certainly launched with a Sportz model. This is the same one that was offered even previously on the SUV. The new generation also got this. The news of IntelliHybrid for the XUV500 will not happen anytime soon. Mostly, it won’t happen anymore as FAME has discontinued the price advantage that was offered on mild hybrid systems. So, the Ciaz, Ertiga and even the Scorpio shall not be benefitting from this system. This new system will enhance the production cost and now even impact the pricing of the XUV500. So, Mahindra will be offering the regular micro hybrid system on the XUV500.
The only other product that Mahindra had recently updated was the KUV100, which did get some additional features on it. Read other detailed review on the XUV500. The price of the new XUV500 W6 variant starts at INR 13.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai). We will take some time to get the latest on-road pricing of this and other variants.
- Android Auto – This technology offers easy access to calls, messaging, navigation, music and Google search by connecting the user’s Android device with the infotainment system of the XUV500. Android Auto automatically pulls useful information from the user’s android device and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they are needed on the infotainment system. It is designed keeping in mind the safety of the driver and the passengers. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering controls and powerful voice actions, it is designed to minimize distraction and enable the driver to stay focused on the road.
- Connected Apps – The XUV500’s infotainment system now offers an industry-first feature – Connected Apps. Connected Apps provides a host of essential and exciting Apps like Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Book My Show and others on the infotainment system. The user can access these apps through the infotainment system even if these are not available in the mobile device. This requires the user to connect the infotainment system with a wi-fi hot spot. Apps in the XUV500 provide India-specific entertainment, music, live cricket updates, flash news, and information on best restaurants, amongst others, all at the click of a button.
- Ecosense – An Industry first by Mahindra, Ecosense Technology helps in optimizing fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by assisting the driver in driving more efficiently. For every trip, the user gets an Ecoscore out of 100, based on driving parameters like – speed, gear selection, acceleration, idling, clutch override and aggressive breaking. During the trip, the infotainment system keeps displaying an instantaneous Ecoscore and an average Ecoscore. Ecosense Technology allows the user to share his/her Ecoscore on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The user gets easy access to the Ecosense data and history on the infotainment system as well as on the Bluesense app and the With You Hamesha website.
- Emergency Call – E-Call in the XUV500 is a first-in-class feature that provides access to emergency services in the unfortunate event that airbags get deployed. This feature automatically calls the emergency service and also sends a text alert to 2 pre-set numbers through a paired mobile phone.
|Mahindra XUV500 2017 Price|
|Variant||Price (on-road, Mumbai)|
|W4||INR 13.3 lakhs|
|W6||INR 14.7 lakhs|
|W6 FWD AT||INR 15.7 lakhs|
|W8||INR 16.6 lakhs|
|W8 AWD||INR 17.6 lakhs|
|W8 FWD AT||INR 17.7 lakhs|
|W10||INR 17.7 lakhs|
|W10 Sportz||INR 18.1 lakhs|
|W10 FWD AT||INR 18.7 lakhs|
|W10 AWD||INR 18.8 lakhs|
|W10 Sportz AT||INR 19.3 lakhs|
|W10 AWD AT||INR 19.9 lakhs|
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Detailed Review of the current SUV
The front of the Mahindra XUV500 2017 has got an upgrade. A new grille with new headlamps that have a continuous LED line is seen here. There a lot of use of chrome which does make it look gaudy, but Indians do love chrome. Other than that the Mahindra XUV500 2017 does look stylish and the fascia looks more appealing if we minus the chrome.
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Get inside the cabin and the new trim in the Mahindra XUV500 2017 makes you feel pleasant. The new black and beige combination is a much better one than the earlier colour theme. There isn’t a major change in the interiors, there are the same oddly shaped AC vents, but that is where the styling cons end for us. The steering wheel is perfect in size and chunky enough to grip, the twin dials are easy to read. We like this, but there is no trip meter on the Mahindra XUV500 2017 and the driver information system is hidden deep into the centre console screen. There are a lot of buttons and this could get a bit confusing.
The touchscreen infotainment system has no lag but accessing some things could be a bit complicated. The front row seats are large and comfortable. They are one of the best seats around. The top-of-the-line gets electric seat adjustment and a new sunroof as well. The second row can seat three people in comfort with a flat floor and the third row is still ideal for kids. With the third row folded there is sufficient space for luggage, else it falls short on space.
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The Mahindra XUV500 2017 is fitted with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces 138bhp of power and 320Nm of maximum torque. This comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Refinement is the hallmark of this engine. There is no vibration or any kind of noise from the engine in the cabin. The Indian Auto major has made a fantastic product. However, hasn’t done any change to the NVH of the Mahindra XUV500 2017 on the facelift.
The Mahindra XUV500’s drivability is good and you do not feel the need to shift gears often even in traffic as there is ample of torque available at most of the engine speeds. This is a major advantage of the Mahindra XUV500 2017. There are a couple of cons, the position of the clutch pedal is a little bit different and one needs to get used to it, and the gearshifts are still a bit rubbery.
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The change that has occurred is by the use of push start and stop system and kinetic energy regeneration system. The company claims that this contributes to the increased fuel efficiency of the engine. We got a fuel efficiency of 13km/l, which is a mix of city and highway driving. This isn’t a strong point for the XUV500. Then there is the micro-hybrid start and stop system for traffic as well. The Mahindra XUV500 2017 is well feature-loaded SUV.
|Front suspension||McPherson with Anti-Roll Bar|
|Rear suspension||Multilink with Anti-Roll bar|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 litres|
The Mahindra XUV500 2017 has a pliant ride and it doesn’t feel stiff or too soft at any point. This makes it good to drive even on bad roads. The ground clearance is sufficient enough to drive on roads with broken tarmac. The high-speed stability too is good enough on the Mahindra XUV500 2017. The steering weighs up well at high speeds however it does feel slack around the corners. The Mahindra XUV500 2017 has good handling ability and the chassis is capable of taking more power and torque as well. However, we think with the monocoque chassis, the ride quality could have been better.
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