Mahindra XUV500 gets BS-6 update but misses out on optional AWD and the W3 variant.
Car manufacturers have been updating their lineup to comply with the cleaner and stringent emission norms. Mahindra recently introduced the BS-6 updates on the XUV300 and Bolero, and it is now time for the bigger XUV500. The carmaker has silently updated the car, but with the update, it misses out on the optional all-wheel-drive layout. It will now be available in a front-wheel-drive configuration only. Mahindra has also updated the official website of the XUV500 and it reveals the car will now be sold in just 4 variants – W5, W7, W9, AND W11(O). The entry-level W3 variant has been shelved off in the BS-6 avatar of the XUV500.
Mahindra has finally updated the XUV500 to comply with new BS-6 emission norms.
With the update, the XUV500 retains all the features and specifications of the older BS-4 version of the car. Also, it will continue to draw power from the 2.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine seen earlier. This motor puts out a peak power output of 153 BHP at 3,750 RPM and max. torque of 360 Nm at 1,750-2,800 RPM. The gearbox options offered with this engine are a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT.
Talking of the features, XUV500 comes equipped with an electronic sunroof, passive keyless entry with push-button start-stop system, 7-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment unit, GPS navigation, cornering lamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, TPMS, auto-headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, electronically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, automatic climate control, reverse parking camera with dynamic guidelines, and more. The safety net on the XUV500 comprises of 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP with rollover mitigation, seatbelt reminder, speed alerts, and hill ascent and descent control.
A rendering of next-generation Mahindra XUV500.
Mahindra is also working on the next-generation of the XUV500, which is expected to be based on the Ssangyong Korando. It will get its styling cues from the Funster concept showcased at the recently concluded 2020 Auto Expo. Alongside the concept vehicle, Mahindra also showcased a set of mStallion turbo-petrol engines. The biggest of the set was a 2.0L unit, which is expected to be seen on the next-generation XUV500. The rated output of this 2.0L turbo-petrol motor is claimed at 190 HP and 380 Nm.