Dubbed 'Moonraker', this is an official Mahindra XUV500 modification that is perhaps the best looking version of the hot-selling SUV by the home-grown manufacturer.
People love customising their cars, usually aesthetically. There are plenty of aftermarket customisations available for cars, but there is an extremely thin line between what’s legal and what isn’t. The Government of India doesn’t allow for any aftermarket changes that affect the weight of the car by more than 2%. So what’s the workaround? Manufacture-backed official customisations, of course! Dubbed 'Moonraker', this Mahindra XUV500 modification is perhaps the best example of such a car.
Mahindra XUV500 Moonraker has an extremely butch-looking profile
Just like the Thar Wanderlust and Scorpio Stinger, the XUV500 Moonraker is an all-out mod-job by Mahindra official customs. The car sports brilliant design details all-around. At the front, we have a redesigned housing for the new LED foglamps, a new front bumper, and a new skid plate. On the side, you’d notice plenty of off-road oriented details, like new plastic cladding around the wheel arches and on the doors, side-step for easy ingress, new alloy wheels, and giant knobby tyres. A small, yet pretty, detail is the Indian Flag stamped on the front wheel arch. At the back, we get a aircraft-inspired exhausts and a tail-mounted spare, just like an old-school off-roader. There is a covered roof-mounted carrier for additional utility.
The Interior of the car is extremely luxurious
Inside, there are a lot of changes as well. Where the stock XUV500 is a 7-seater, the Moonraker is a 4-seater. As you would thus imagine, this leaves a huge amount of space inside for the occupants. You get captain seats covered in premium Nappa leather. The doors also feature leather upholstery. The rear passenger get entertainment in the form of a PlayStation 4 connected to a smart TV screen mounted between the front seats. You can also live stream using the on-board WiFi system. There are plenty of charging ports available, both 12V for mobile devices and 230V for laptops. The most beautiful feature though, is the Rolls-Royce inspired ceiling-lighting, which gives a starry-night-effect.
Just like the Thar Wanderlust and Scorpio Stinger, XUV500 Moonraker looks like a proper off-roader
The powertrain option for this Mahindra XUV500 modification remains the same as those on the regular model. The car is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel mill that produces 155 PS and 360 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. There has been no announcement on the pricing of the vehicle, but considering the level of customisation achieved here, we expect it to be quite hefty.