Spied: Mahindra XUV500 facelift; to get hybrid variant and automatic transmission

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For 2015, Mahindra will continue to be bullish with its best-selling XUV500 brand, with the launch of a face-lifted model, along with the introduction of an automatic transmission, with a diesel-hybrid variant to follow thereafter. As for the face-lift, these spy images from Chennai point to a slightly revised tailgate, a new design for the alloy rims and a revised front-end, which would include an updated grille and redesigned fog lamp nacelles. The insides could benefit from updated trim and additional features.

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Mechanically, the XUV500 facelift will continue to be powered by a the same 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine outputting a maximum power of 140 bhp @ 3750 rpm and a peak torque of 330 Nm between 1600 and 2800 rpm. Mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox, the XUV500 face-lift will continue with the current 2WD and 4WD options. The face-lift might add a slight tune to to drive-train for better performance and fuel economy, apart from the introduction of an automatic transmission. Also, the auto gearbox would reportedly be available only with the top-end W8 4WD variant.

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Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid concept at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo

Spy pics courtesy : RushLane

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