The popular selling Mahindra XUV500 is fairly new, having received constant upgrades but the business has planned an extensive upgrade to the model in 2018. Fresh off the launch of the Scorpio facelift, Mahindra has started testing the 2018 XUV500 and the fully camouflaged test mule was recently caught testing in the South. While we the crossover will get wide changes to the interior and exterior, the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 will also see modernizations to the engine with a more powerful diesel heart and possibly a petrol one too.
The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 test mule shows there are cosmetic tweaks in order including changes to the grille, alloy wheels, as well as front and rear bumpers. Expect to see revised headlights and tail lamps clusters as well to complement the new look. Expect visual upgrades inside the cabin as well with new upholstery, shades among other changes. The XUV is already loaded on tech and should get a few updates next year. The major upgrades though will be under the hood of the Mahindra XUV-500 for 2018. As reported earlier, the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine is probable to now make 170 bhp of power while peak torque will be close to 400 Nm. That’s a considerable upgrade over the present 140 bhp and 330 Nm setup. There is also the possibility of a petrol engine joining the line-up this time in India. The Mahindra XUV500 has been on sale since 2011 and it established a major refresh in 2015. With more powerful engine and updated looks, Mahindra will aim to take on the newer rivals in this space like the Renault Captur, the Jeep Compass and the Tata Hexa.
The XUV was recently revealed with a petrol heart in the UAE with a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder engine tuned for 120 bhp and 320 Nm of highest torque. Given the considerable demand for petrol vehicles, the carmaker could present the option here with manual and automatic transmissions. The petrol motor will also help the crossover take on newer aids like the Jeep Compass, Renault Captur and the likes. The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 could make its debut at the Auto Expo next February, joining a host of offerings that the Indian auto giant will have on display.