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The Mahindra XUV500 has been spotted testing with the new BS-VI variant engine to comply with the emission norms coming into effect on April 2020. The upcoming BS-VI version of XUV500 variant is in full testing mode in and around Chennai as spotted by Rushlane.
The test mule that was spied is of top-spec W11 Diesel variant mated to an automatic transmission with no visual changes. The other trim levels of the XUV 500 will continue to get an automatic transmission post the updates.
Mahindra will offer the BS-VI variant with the current design before they release the all new next-gen model which will get ready next year. Mahindra has ensured their much-loved SUV with regular updates and packing new features in the past but XUV 500 has been around for close to 9 years now and in need of a major update inside out.
Mahindra offers XUV500 in two engine variants. The 2.2 litre turbocharged petrol produces about 140hp and 320Nm of torque.
The turbocharged diesel engine produces 155hp and 360Nm of torque with a higher state of tune compared to the same engine that is being offered in Scorpio. These figures should see a negligible difference with the BS-VI variant.
We expect Mahindra to launch its BS-VI models in a quick succession starting from early 2020 before 1st April 2020 (deadline for compliance). They would fit the diesel variant with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to control the emissions, which can see a slight increase in the pricing.
The old-timer Mahindra XUV500 is known for its road presence and design language. However, with the introduction of the MG Hector, TATA Harrier and the new kid on the block KIA Seltos have already taken the game away with registering good sales figures and bookings.
Thoughts On The Mahindra XUV500 BS-VI
The next-gen XUV500 will also make its way into the Ford line up thanks to the Mahindra - Ford cross manufacturing and likely to get the game back for Mahindra with the all-new design philosophy.
Being said the current XUV500 has still not lost its charm with that cheetah inspired bold shoulder line and that massive wheels making its presence felt on the road.