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The last time Mahindra decided to do something new with the XUV was in 2015. Back then, they decided fiddling with some bits of styling on the exterior would be enough for the time. This fresh new update, however, is a proper extensive one. A host of changes to the XUV has ensured a list that runs a couple of pages long with pretty much every bit of the car undergoing some sort of change. While the overall design and silhouette of the car remains the same, the grille, bumper and headlamps have been re-designed for the 2018 version of the XUV. It now wears a rather massive grille alongside the new headlamps that feature LED day-time running lamps. At the rear, the XUV gets a completely re-designed tailgate with fresh new tail lamps. There is also a spoiler that sits on top of the tailgate behind the new roof-rails.

Things have changed on the inside too. It now gets quilted leather seats to up the luxury quotient, a piano black finish on the centre console and a soft-touch leather-wrapped dashboard. A brand new interface on the infotainment system provides an array of features and ways to connect to the system, especially if you use an Android phone. There is also the additional convenience of being able to connect your smartwatch to the system.

It is good to see that Mahindra did not stop at cosmetic upgrades for the 2018 XUV500. We are happy to report that the 2.2-litre mHawk motor now makes 15bhp more with peak horsepower being rated at 155bhp, while torque has gone up to 360Nm. There is also a petrol engine on offer that makes a healthy 140bhp and 320Nm of torque. Only the diesel variants come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard with the option of a six-speed automatic available on all but the base diesel variant and the petrol variant. The top of the line W11 option pack also receives 18-inch alloy wheels and the option of all-wheel drive. Mahindra also promises better refinement from engine and wind noise and tweaked suspension for a better ride. All variants are equipped with airbags for the driver and passenger as well as ABS.

Mahindra has launched the extensively reworked XUV500 across a number of variants with prices ranging from Rs 12.32 lakh for the W5 and going up to Rs 16.68 lakh for the W11 (O). Each variant apart from the W5 is available with the option of being ordered with an automatic transmission which will set you back an additional Rs 1.2 lakh with regard to each variant. The top of the line W11 (O) AT costs Rs 17.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The sole petrol variant, equipped with an automatic transmission retails at Rs 15.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai.)

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