Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty LTD (MAAPL), has unveiled the New Age XUV500. First launched in Australia in 2012, the XUV500 quickly gained popularity among SUV buyers for its combination of style, creature comforts, three-row seating space and an affordable price. It grew further in popularity when Mahindra introduced additional features and upgrades in 2015 and 2017, a timeline is provided below of the updates to the XUV500 model in Australia.
The refreshed and updated XUV500 features subtle changes in refinement and features while adding further improvements to its already stylish exterior. The changes in exterior tailgate treatment and new front grille and chrome highlights ensures an attractive design albeit while keeping its unique Mahindra DNA, perhaps the most stylish XUV500 yet.
Viewed from the front, the Stylish New XUV500 features a brand-new grille, which reinterprets the marque’s well-known 7-slot design with sharp-cut chrome highlights and a larger chrome surround.
The chrome grille surrounds morph into new light-strip daytime running lights at the top of the redesigned headlamps, before flowing vertically down to new fog lamps. The fog lamps, in turn, form part of a redesigned lower bumper, which has been squared off around a lower air intake and now has a silver lower bash plate.
The visual updates continue along the side of the XUV500, where Mahindra’s designers have added additional chrome detailing at the lower edges of the doors and redesigned the D-pillar applique.
The most dramatic part of Mahindra’s redesign of the Stylish New XUV500 is visible at the rear, where a new tailgate, new combination taillights and a larger roof-mounted rear spoiler present a completely new visual signature.
The new angular taillights are split horizontally into two units on each side and replace the previous vertical units. The new lights allowed designers to reimage the rear tail gate, which now features a wider and more prominent number plate enclosure with chrome detailing and integrated reverse camera (on W10 models) and new rear reflectors, which follow the diagonal lines created by the taillights.
Completing the dramatic new rear design, is a new rear bumper with blacked-out bottom scuff section and dual tail pipes.
The Stylish New XUV500 is equipped with an infotainment system, with air conditioning controls or a full climate control system, depending on the model grade. On W10 variants, this infotainment system also includes a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation system with voice prompts as standard.
The infotainment system is connected to a powerful new audio system from the specialists Arkamys. The system also offers USB connectivity, with picture and video viewing functionality on the W10 variant, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity and an iPod and AUX connection.
Mahindra’s designers further added new chrome detailing, which includes illuminated chrome scuff plates, vertical chrome inserts on the centre console and detailing on the air vents and steering wheel. Also new is the sunroof and a push-button Start/Stop system in the Automatic W10 variants.
Like before, the Stylish New XUV500 has one of the longest standard-feature lists in its segment. All variants offer electric windows and side mirrors, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, remote boot lid opening, follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlamp functionality and foldable second and third row seats.
The W6, and W10 models have alloy wheels, cruise control with a multi-functional steering wheel, a conversation mirror (deleted on the W10 with sunroof), reach adjustment to the steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights, puddle lamps and fully automatic temperature control (FATC). In addition, the W6-grade features premium cloth upholstery. The W10 model is also equipped with a 7” full colour infotainment system with voice commands.
The top-spec W10 has mobile charging points in the front two rows and reading lamps for all three rows of seats, ice-blue lounge lighting, Tyre-tronics tyre pressure and temperature sensors on all tyres, foldable side mirrors and a reverse camera with dynamic assist.
The 2019 upgrade on the Stylish New XUV500 is more than just skin deep. Mahindra engineers have refined its reliable and highly popular mHawk 2.2 turbo petrol engine with its fifth-generation turbocharger. The mHawk-engine delivers 103 kW and 320 Nm of torque.
In addition, Mahindra has revised the suspension – which it designed in partnership with Lotus – to offer greater comfort and improved handling. The suspension upgrade and additional noise damping on the 2019 model has led to a dramatic drop in the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the cabin.
On the W6 models and above, Mahindra has also added Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control and electronic stability programme (ESP) with rollover mitigation.
The 7 seater New Age XUV500 offers a 2nd generation 6-speed automatic transmission with an AWD option. The all new Automatic Transmission has been sourced from leading global supplier, AISIN, Japan. The new vehicle takes the driving experience to the next level with easy cruising on city roads as well as on challenging terrains.
The W6 variant, perhaps the best value 7-seater vehicle in Australia, offers a raft of standard equipment and suitably affordable drive away price of just $26,990.
W6 Standard Features include:
• Height and lumbar adjustable driver’s seat
• Four rear reverse parking sensors
• Conversation mirror – Great for keeping an eye on the kids
• Static bending projection headlights with daylight running lamps and headlamp levelling
• Front and rear fog lamps
• Follow me home lights
• Sensing windscreen wipers
• Multifunction steering wheel with cruise control + audio controls
• Rear door mechanical child lock
• Class leading braked tow capacity – 2.5 Tonne
• Cargo (Boot) capacity of 702 Litres
• Seven premium black fabric seats, all with head rest and lap sash seat belt
• Mahindra’s easy walk thru access to the third row seating
• ISOFIX child restraints in all 3 seats of second row
• Dual air-conditioning front and rear (FATC)
• Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
• Centre console bin cooler (chilled by air-conditioning system)
• 6 inch LCD screen with DAB/CD/mp3 player with 4 speakers + 2 tweeters
• ESP Rollover Mitigation with Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control
W10 Additional Features include:
• Electric Sunroof
• Satellite Navigation with turn by turn voice navigation
• Reverse Camera with Dynamic Assist Gridlines
• 7 inch touch Screen with Arkamys sound system including Android Auto
• 7 Leather Seats with easy walk thru to third row seating. Room in Third Row for Adults, not just Kids.
• Keyless Entry with key fob
• Engine Start Stop Button for Ignition
• Illuminated Scuff Plates
W6 FWD – 2.2 litre Turbo Petrol 6 Speed Automatic $26,990
W10 FWD – 2.2 litre Turbo Petrol 6 Speed Automatic $31,990
W10 AWD – 2.2 litre Turbo Petrol 6 Speed Automatic $34,990
6 colour options (Pearl White, NEW Crimson Red, NEW Lakeside Brown, Moondust Silver, Volcano Black, NEW Mystic Copper, Opulent Purple). Mahindra don’t charge extra for metallic paint options.
All-Wheel Drive – For adventure seekers the W10 variant comes with an option of All Wheel Drive (AWD). The AWD ensures that the vehicle torque is suitably distributed between the wheels to provide the best traction on rugged or slippery roads, by sensing the difference in RPM between the front and rear wheels.
Capped Price Service – Mahindra has extended the service intervals with the new 2019 Mahindra XUV500, now offering a very competitive 4-year standard Capped Price Service Program with this mode
Warranty – 5-year, 100,000km limited warranty,