Mahindra is planning a number of updates for its current line-up, which is expected to begin with the comprehensively updated Scorpio, scheduled for launch in July this year. While the current gen Scorpio is due for an update, Mahindra will make upgrades on the comparatively new XUV500 too which is expected to launched later this year. Mahindra’s top offering got a comprehensive facelift in 2015 and the upcoming version is expected to come with minor cosmetic updates, new features and more power.
While test mules are yet to be showcased, the slightly updated Mahindra XUV500 is expected to get a few changes including changes to the front grille and bumper. However, it is expected that a huge number of updates will be on the interior part. The ongoing XUV500 is already loaded on tech wizardry and Mahindra would come up with a few more improvements. Expect to see better materials, a revised dashboard, better seat upholstery and a lot more. An important update could be the inclusion of Apple CarPlay, in addition to Android Auto for the touchscreen infotainment system.
More importantly, the 2017 Mahindra XUV500 could get a more powerful engine. Report indicate that the 2.2 liter mHawk 4-cylinder diesel engine is likely to have power bumped up to a healthy 170 bhp. Torque is expected to be in excess of 350 Nm. That’s a major increment over the current 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque. However, the company is yet to make the official announcement about the updates.
Since the XUV’s last update almost 2 years back, the UV segment has seen the arrival of the new gen Toyota Crysta, Hyundai Tucson and Tata Hexa; while the upcoming Jeep Compass is also expected to collide with the top models of the XUV in cost. The update should assist Mahindra keep the model updated as it rubs shoulders against top models from other car manufacturers.