Mahindra has ‘top-and-tailed’ the XUV range by adding an entry-level variant and a major spruce up for the range-topping W10 as well as tweaking the KUV series for 2019.
The XUV500 W6 Automatic offers a lower entry point for buyers in search of an automatic SUV, while the new XUV500 W10 range-topper offers a new level of luxury and specifications.
“The XUV500 flagship represents the best of Mahindra’s SUV expertise. It is both capable and comfortable, feature rich and affordable and is styled to attract attention. The new model, with its completely redesigned front and rear styling, and additional features are sure to attract the attention of existing owners and SUV enthusiasts alike,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
First launched in South Africa 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.
The new XUV500 W4, complete with mHawk turbo-diesel engine and seven seats, enters the market at a very competitive R299 999. What’s more, Mahindra Finance has developed a finance offer of R4 999 a month with a guaranteed future value after four years. This offer, combined with the XUV500’s service plan and extended mechanical warranty, will ensure a low monthly cost of ownership throughout the model’s life cycle.
The XUV500 W6 Automatic will, in turn, be offered at R359 999, which makes it one of the most competitively priced Automatic seven-seater SUVs in the South African market.
Viewed from the front, the 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 XUV500 is visible at the rear, where a new tailgate, new combination tail lights and a larger roof-mounted rear spoiler present a completely new visual signature.
“We are very happy with the major redesign of the XUV500. It creates a brand-new visual signature for our flagship model, without losing any of the XUV character that our customers have come to love,” says Gupta.
“We are also proud to say that the interior keeps the promise made by the exterior with a major increase in specifications and comfort features.”
The XUV500 is equipped with an infotainment system, with air-conditioning controls or a full climate control system, depending on the model grade. On W8 and 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 W8 and W10 variants, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity and an iPod and AUX connection.
All variants offer power windows and side mirrors, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with electric power assistance, remote boot lid opening, follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlamp functionality and foldable second and third row seats.
The W6, W8 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 top-spec W10 adds the electrically adjustable driver’s seat, while the W8 and 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 2018 upgrade on the XUV500 is more than just skin deep. Mahindra engineers have refined its reliable and highly popular mHawk 2.2 turbo-diesel engine with its fifth-generation turbo-charger. The mHawk-engine delivers 103 kW and 330 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 2018 model has led to a dramatic drop in the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the cabin.
All versions of the new XUV500 feature two air bags, while the W8 and W10 offers seat and curtain air bags and all models have anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution on all four disc brakes, additional side-impact beams and crumple zones for crash protection.
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 XUV500 has always been known as one of the best value-for-money premium SUVs in the South African market. We believe the new design, additional specifications and more refinement will further enhance the XUV500’s value offering,” says Gupta.
Mahindra will introduce the XUV500 with a full 5-year / 150 000 km standard warranty and 5-year / 100 000 km service plan. All XUV500 owners will also receive Roadside Assistance for the full five years of the vehicle’s warranty and service plan.
Five models are available from launch, namely:
Mahindra XUV500 W4 6-spd manual: R299 999 (incl. VAT)
Mahindra XUV500 W6 6-spd automatic: R359 999 (incl. VAT)
Mahindra XUV500 W8 6-spd manual: R374 999 (incl. VAT)
Mahindra XUV500 W8 6-spd automatic: R403 999 (incl. VAT)
Mahindra XUV500 W10 6-spd automatic: R419 999 (incl. VAT)
“The KUV 100 NXT offers an excellent value proposition of space along with safety features such as airbags and ABS from the base variant onwards. At R134 999, coupled with an attractive finance and insurance offer, this variant is expected to generate significant interest amongst the first-time buyers,” says Gupta.
The KUV100 NXT gains a new grille, larger alloy wheels on the K8 variant and redesigned tail lamps.
The redesigned seven-slot grille appears to be more aggressive and the number plate now sits atop a blacked-out bumper section. Mahindra has also created new blacked-out surrounds for the integrated fog lights, which are standard on the K8 variant.
On the flanks, the new 15-inch diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels on the K8 sit in flared wheel arches that now feature redesigned cladding. On the roof, the integrated roof rails have been redesigned to be more aerodynamically efficient.
Some of the most popular styling cues on The KUV100 NXT, the fist-shaped side mirrors and the rear door handles in the C-pillars, have been retained, although the mirrors now incorporate the side turn signals.
At the rear, the tail gate and rear bumper have been completely redesigned. The rear tail gate features deeper character lines that form around brand-new double-barrel rear combination lights and a new electronic latch on certain models. The headlights are now equipped with LED daytime running lights.
The KUV100 NXT upgrade continues inside the new model, where Mahindra has added new premium finishes to the higher-specification models. This includes new fabric upholstery, piano black detailing on certain specification levels and a new temperature control panel on models fitted with climate control.
It now also has a 7-inch touch screen on the K8 variant and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and audio, image and video playback.
Other luxury additions include a new remote boot-opening switch, a new gearshift indicator display, Intellipark reverse parking sensors and electrically foldable side mirrors on the K8.
The additional luxury specifications add to features such as power windows, tilt-adjustable power steering, air-conditioning, central locking rear underfloor storage bins and foldable rear seats.
On K6 and K8 models, this list of creature comforts grows to include a rear row armrest, a cooled glove box, follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlights, remote keyless entry, speed-sensing door locks and front and rear 12V power outlets.
All variants of the KUV are equipped with dual front air bags, child safety locks on the rear doors, anti-lock braking with EBD (EBD available only on K6+ and K8 variants) and corner braking control (CBC).
In addition, the K6+ and K8 versions of The KUV100 NXT also have speed-sensing automatic door locks, automatic hazard warnings in emergency situations and a security alarm.
The KUV100 NXT is available with the choice of two three-cylinder, turbo-charged all-aluminium engines.
The 1.2 mFalcon G80 petrol engine is equipped with multi-point fuel injection and dual-variable valve timing to deliver 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque. The 1.2 mFalcon D75 turbo-diesel engine has common rail direct injection and an intercooler to deliver 57 kW and 190 Nm of torque, with the latter peaking between 1 750 r/min and 2 250 r/min.
On the K8 specification level, the diesel model is equipped with a micro-hybrid system that switches off the engine when the vehicle is not moving and immediately restarts the engine when the accelerator is pressed. Both engines drive the front wheels of the KUV100 through a five-speed manual gearbox.
Under the sheet metal, the KUV rides on independent McPherson struts suspension with dual path mounts and coil springs. At the rear, the suspension consists of semi-independent twist beams and coil springs, with all four corners also equipped with hydraulic gas-charged shock absorbers.
KUV NXT K2+ Petrol: R134 999 (incl. VAT)
KUV NXT K4+ Petrol: R163 999 (Incl. VAT)
KUV NXT K6+ Petrol: R187 999 (incl. VAT)
KUV NXT K6+ Diesel: R204 999 (incl. VAT)
KUV NXT K8 Petrol: R199 999 (incl. VAT)
KUV NXT K8 Diesel: R219 999 (incl. VAT)
All models feature a full 3-year / 100 000 km standard warranty plus a 2-year / 50 000 km powertrain warranty. All K6+ and K8+ models also have a 3-year / 50 000 km service plan as standard. Service intervals for both the petrol and diesel models are 10 000 km and all vehicles have a 3-year roadside assistance plan.