Mahindra has listed the updated 2020 XUV500 BS6 on its company website. It will only be available with a diesel engine from here on, as the company has upgraded its tried and tested 2.2-litre mHawk oil burner to meet the new emissions norms. Prices to be released after the COVID-19 lockdown lifts.
Mahindra is all set to launch its diesel fuelled BS6 specification XUV500 once the COVID-19 lockdown lifts. This information is listed on the company website which clearly states – “Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a delay in production due to which BS6 vehicles currently remain unavailable. We will be announcing the prices shortly. Thank you for bearing with us.”
Expect prices of the diesel XUV500 BS6 to go up by a fair amount over the BS4 variants that have been replaced as the XUV500 uses a larger capacity 2.2-litre diesel engine, which means that it will have to use the more expensive Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust gas treatment system to meet the new and more stringent emissions norms. The SCR system also uses AdBlue solution for exhaust gas treatment. However, Mahindra is yet to give us a confirmation on the matter.
Regardless, the updated Mahindra XUV500 BS6 will only be available the company’s 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and there will be no petrol engine on offer. This is a good thing as this engine has always offered excellent performance, refinement and reliability. The mHawk engine now wears the 155 badge and features a new sixth-generation variable geometry turbocharger. After the BS6 upgrade, the four cylinder engine continues to develop 152bhp of max power @ 3,750rpm and 360Nm of peak torque between 1,750 - 2,800rpm. The engine continues to be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed torque converter automatic. And drive continues to go the front wheels, there is no information about which variants have All-Wheel Drive at this stage though, but the brochure does mention AWD and select higher-end variants will feature the system.
The rest of the car remains the same as earlier in terms of styling and features. The infotainment system now though features Apple CarPlay while Android Auto compatibility has been carried over from earlier. The car also gets an Arkamys sound system and smartwatch has been listed on the brochure, we can only be assumed to be a smart band that can be used to lock/unlock the car, etc.
With the update, Mahindra has dropped the previous entry-level W3 variant and the model line-up now starts from the W5 variant and goes up to the range-topping W11 (O) variant with all of the bells and whistles.
Stay tuned to autoX for the price release of the 2020 Mahindra XUV500.
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