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Pics: Mahindra XUV test mule spotted. Could it be an updated model?

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I feel, since this is spotted in south India, there could be some mechanical or electircal updates as there is Mahindra R&D facility in Chennai.

I hope that's an automatic version on test.

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I agree with AMG1. There arent any visible changes seen in the exterior of this mule. This in all probability is the Automatic version and I hope Im right . The XUV needs an autobox big time

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Looking at the Scorpio's evolution over the years and the effort M&M took to refine it, this looks promising. I can't wait for the next update! The XUV500 is a great concept, only that it needs a neat tuck here and there.

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It is definitely a Vehicle going from yard to dealership because of the white protective covers on most of the body and also lets so analyzing if it is a AT since there ain't any concrete evidence and M&M usually out-sources AT transmission (like in Scorpio). M&M design centre is in TN doesn't mean that they test vehicle there itself. If is were a MH 12/14 in TN then I could have though of it as a vehicle on test.

Also there is no extra antenna/ wiring on the roof/bonnet which helps to collect data.

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This seems to be an AT box on test. I can't see any visible differences outside. Hope to see an AT box in the XUV

Actually without any A/T gear shifter snap we cannot really say that it is on test ,also M&M will mostly outsource the Automatic to a reliable vendor this time as the one in Scorpio wasn't as reliable as M&M would have wanted. Also since this engine is mounted a bit differently (to Scorpio) they need to meet the chassis mounting specification.

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This seems to be an AT box on test. I can't see any visible differences outside. Hope to see an AT box in the XUV

Absolutely right dear. I gone through the pics, but there are few changes made in this car. But if sources are to be believed, then the car has undergone few mechanical changes. The steering wheels are taken from XUV500 and is provided with all new dashboard. This is also expected that the engine performance is enhanced much better as during testing the car was not emitting any irritating noise from its engine. The exact time for its launch has also not been set by the owners.

So, hoping a blasting launch of this SUV.

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Absolutely right dear. I gone through the pics, but there are few changes made in this car. But if sources are to be believed, then the car has undergone few mechanical changes. The steering wheels are taken from XUV500 and is provided with all new dashboard. This is also expected that the engine performance is enhanced much better as during testing the car was not emitting any irritating noise from its engine. The exact time for its launch has also not been set by the owners.

So, hoping a blasting launch of this SUV.

What the XUV needs working on is the braking and better driving. If M&M get these two solved then expect another Scorpio/Duster to be in

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This S shaped LED treatment is not impressive.

The LEDs stip is underpowered.

If you have seen the new Scorpio also this , eyebrow that they have added on the Scorpio has no real power.

Lets wait and see it in flesh.

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Hi guys. I am an owner of previous gen XUV500 W8 2012 model. Our car has run for over 40,000 kms and has been mostly trouble free and reliable thus far. I had a chance to test drive the New Age XUV500 W10 2WD near my office today morning and here are my observations. Please share your feedback for my review here as I had taken time to test drive and provide my inputs specially for you folks here in ACI forum. Humble request. ;)

Positives (many):

First let me talk about the exterior design and engineering.

- Design is much more mature and the headlamps and new grille are actually pretty attractive in person, especially in lighter and the black grille and lighter body color has made a nice contrast to the front.

The foglamp chrome housing also does not stick out like a sore thumb in lighter shades, though I feel that the chrome could have been used much more lightly. The plastic bit around the chrome housed fog lamps is glossy and already had slight scratches.

The bonnet which looks much more tamed than before disappointed a lot of XUV fans as it lost those aggressive lines. But once you are inside and driving the XUV, the new bonnet sure does make an impression. It adds that muscular feel and since the bonnet is sculpted at the corners, it makes you easy to judge the car's proximities.

- The OVRMS are now less noisy than before and no longer makes all cracking and grinding noises while folding and unfolding.

Could not test the OVRM XUV500 logo projection as it was day time.

-New door handles with integrated keyless entry button is much sturdier. Keyless entry worked without an hitch.

-The sides of the car remain the same save for the chrome window lining (W10 only)

-The back of the car again looks the same and the rear door applique is much better done. Rear cam(standard in W10) is located besides the book unlock handle. Strangely the boot release knocking sound is still there. :angry:

Interiors:

- Man, M&M have done some serious work in here. Almost everything has been improved and this shows how well M&M listen to the customer's feedback.

-Color scheme looks better and thankfully, the cheap soap wood plastic in the dashboard has been replaced by a much solid plastic piece.

-New 7 inch touchscreen infotainment is very refined. Very smooth to use and uses much better fonts and UI. The maps can be zoomed in and out with two fingers. Display is of good quality, but once you turn on the parking lights (S shaped LED light in headlamp), the screen automatically becomes dim in brightness making the screen unreadable.

-The sales rep told that the speaker quality has been improved with more equalizer options in the MID. The speakers definitely sounded better and had none of those vibrations and disturbance like before.

-The buttons on the dash offer slightly better feedback than before, though still clicky in nature.

-Start/Stop button is located at the bottom ahead of the gear lever. It is of very good quality. And though location of the button might not please few people, I find it easy to quickly press the start button and work the gear to move the vehicle.

-Key fob is lighter than old gen key fob and is sees better design and quality. Mercedes users will find the key fob design familiar.

-Electrically adjustable seats work well.

-Sunroof has two parts, interior door and external glass roof. Internal roof door opens automatically when you press the switch but you have to close it manually. :huh:

Glass roof works both ways. And no noises here, smooth operation.

-Top storage bin is of very good quality and has button to release the lid. No nonsense here too.

-Steering wheel leather much more rich.

-Hood for instrument cluster now joins the dash and much more solid.

- Icy blue lighting looks classy.

-Overall quality can be easily rated 8/10, on par with cars like Cruze, Corolla and Fluence.

I got a sense of feeling that the new gen XUV will not have electrical issues as almost everything with refinement. The new MID looks very refined too. The interiors too feel much nicer and everything seemed to be better put together.

The only negatives of the interiors are that the boot space remains the same and dashboard texture is still unaltered.

Engine:

-Better driveability due to changed gear ratios for driving in lower gears. Turbo lag slightly less perceptible. Response is still the same, which is a good thing as the mHawk is one gem of an engine. Fast, refined and fuel efficient.

-Gear shifts are much more precise and smooth than before. No notching like before. Infact M&M have made the gearbox very slick to use.

-The clutch is way more lighter than before and is more progressive, making it easy to modulate.

Ride and handling:

-I really feel that the New Age XUV rides better on bad roads and has lost most of its hard crashing thuds and sounds of the previous gen XUV.

-Steering is slighty lighter to use but still weighs up quite well at speed.

-Handling seemed more or less the same. So you still get a decent handling SUV.

Brakes:

- Oh boy, the brakes felt sharper than before. It is much more progressive, has a sharp bite and stopping power is really reassuring. The brake also works noiselessly.

Price & Verdict:

The on road price of the New Age XUV500 W10 4WD costs a little more than 18 lakhs. But considering the whole lot of improvements both inside and out, the XUV500 is much more compelling than ever. This W10 model will seriously draw a lot of potential Fortuner customers for sure.

It looks mature(personal taste), the interiors are of better quality and equipment, the engine as good as ever, suspension and braking have improved considerably and as always that feature list just makes the new age XUV a well rounded package.

The only negatives I felt were some iffy bits inside, the overdone foglamps design and no boot space. Thats all, I was really impressed with M&M on the improvements they have done. Kudos.

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Great review its seems very professional , It looks like a paid review (just kidding), At some point where I may disagree in quality to compare with Cruze or Cololla, another point is it can't come in Toyota Fortuner's segment.

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