- The new W3 base variant replaces the W5 trim in the line-up.
- It misses out on projector headlamps, LED DRLs and fog lamps at front.
- Wiper and washer have been removed from the back.
- The audio system offered with W5 has been left out.
- Power continues to come from a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, m-Hawk diesel engine.
Mahindra has added a new entry-level W3 variant in the XUV500 line-up. The new base trim is priced at Rs 12.22 lakh (ex-showroom Coimbatore) and misses out on an array of styling elements and interior features to cut down on pricing. The black body cladding and chrome inserts have been left out. The front retains most of the cues save for LED daytime running lights, projector headlamp units and fog lamps that have been skipped.
The chrome trim on the front grille has been given a miss, it gets grey finishing instead. Moving to the side, the Mahindra XUV500 W3 equips 17-inch steel wheels that don’t come with hub caps. Also missing are the black accent on the pillars. At the back, the new entry-level W3 variant comes bereft of wiper and washer.
The interior is enveloped in an all-black colour scheme, albeit the soft-touch materials have been removed. Seats get black fabric upholstery and the audio system has also been given a miss. Save for the above changes, the rest of the styling is identical to other variants. The list of features on the new W3 variant comprises engine start-stop (mild-hybrid system), power adjusting outside rear view mirrors, front power windows, rear power windows, air conditioning for the front & rear and central locking are part of the pack.
The new base W3 trim draws power from the same 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, m-Hawk diesel engine that has been tuned to put out a maximum power of 155 hp along with top torque of 360Nm. This unit will come with a 6-speed manual unit. Mahindra’s longstanding SUV goes squarely against Tata Harrier in the segment. With the new entry-level W3 variant in its range, the XUV500 undercuts Tata Harrier by a slight margin which starts from Rs 12.70 lakh (ex-showroom). A new-generation XUV500 is underway and is expected to come out sometime by 2020.