It is not always necessary for your competitor to have a similar product to eat into your market share. This is the story with the D segment Sedans. The launch of the XUV 500 made the tides rough for the D segment sedan manufacturers. Yes, the Cheetah inspired, monocoque Crossover came with a set of features, among which many were segment firsts. This car was designed to carry 7 people with a go anywhere ability with a 4WD system on offer. People call it XUV 500. But, it is actually pronounced as XUV 5 double ‘oh’. Though there were many positives, the car also had a lot of niggles and it took Mahindra almost 3 years to make this product niggle free.
This car was a hit since its launch and still manages to outnumber the sales of all the D-segment sedans put together. Though the car is still selling well, Mahindra has launched a face lifted XUV 500 on 25th may 2015. It looks as if someone has sent the cheetah to business school and groomed it. This all new XUV looks trim and appealing.
There is a redesigned headlamp unit with the S shaped LED DRL bifurcating the Halogen and Projector beams. There is also an all-new Mahindra family grill in the center. The bumper also received some tweaks with a repositioned fog lamp that sits much higher than before. The cheetah whiskers are also clean-shaven now. When we move to the sides, everything looks familiar except for the all-new 17-inch alloy wheels that look smart. The puddle lamps under the side view mirrors now project the XUV logo on the floor in the night. There is also a thin chrome line that runs along the window line. In the rear, there are subtle changes like a chrome handle for the boot lid.
When we step in, the XUV welcomes us with an illuminated door garnish. The interiors also get a dual tone black and beige scheme across the cabin that, in my perspective, are much better than the old black and purple scheme. This makes the cabin feel much airy. There is also a 7-inch touch operated infotainment system integrated with display for reversing camera and GPS navigation. There is also a sunroof on the top end variant.
The engine is the familiar 2.2L Mhawk diesel motor that churns out 138 bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque. Mahindra is said to have worked on the drive train improving the drivability of the new XUV. There is also an addition of a brake energy regeneration system that has helped to improve the fuel efficiency figures from earlier 15.1 kmpl to 16 kmpl. These changes really look promising to give the XUV a new lease of life. If you’re into this car or any in this segment, check out Droom – India’s first marketplace for buying and selling automobiles. We have a vast selection, priced just right for you.