Mahindra Australia has announced the release of its latest SUV, the Mahindra XUV500, which gets a styling update and additional features, and goes on sale nationally today from $29,900 (drive away).
The XUV500 has received styling changes at the front with the addition of low-mounted fog lights, cornering lamps and a new grille, moving away from the slightly jaded design of the outgoing model.
At the rear, the design has also been cleaned up with chrome highlights, while the side profile receives new 17 inch alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the infotainment setup has changed with the addition of a seven-inch colour touchscreen that features satellite-navigation, USB audio/video streaming, Bluetooth telephone and audio connectivity and auxiliary inputs. Other features include automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, micro hybrid technology (or better known as stop/start), reversing camera with rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and cruise control.
The interior features leather seats, a new LED lighting package, illuminated scuff plates, and power-folding wing mirrors. Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, a hill holder and side intrusion beams.
The revised model launches locally from $29,900 for the front-wheel drive W8 model with six-speed manual transmission, while the all-wheel drive W8 model attracts a $3000 price premium and is also mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
A six-speed automatic version of the front- and all-wheel drive models will arrive locally in May 2016. You can read our thoughts on the Mahindra XUV500 automatic, which we recently drove in India.
Under the bonnet remains a 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 103kW of power and 330Nm of torque, using a combined 6.7L/100km.
The new seven seat XUV500 can be purchased at any of the 35 Mahindra locations Australia wide.