An updated version of the seven-seater Mahindra XUV500 (which first arrived on local shores back in 2012) has touched down in South Africa, with the five-strong range now priced from a hair below R300 000.

The latest updates to the XUV500 – which include a new grille, redesigned headlamps and tweaked daytime running lights – follow the previous refresh in 2015. The range has also changed somewhat, with Mahindra adding two new automatic models.

The brand has also added more chrome detailing to the lower edges of the doors as well as redesigned the D-pillar. Round back, you’ll find a new tailgate, fresh taillights and a larger roof-mounted rear spoiler.

The W6, W8 and W10 derivatives boast alloy wheels, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and puddle lamps. The W6 variant is now available with an automatic transmission, while W8 and W10 models are equipped with an upgraded seven-inch full colour infotainment system (with voice commands).

The top-spec W10 adds an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a sunroof and a start/stop button, while the W8 and W10 both feature charging points in the first two rows as well as items such as a reverse camera.

Lower-spec models feature two airbags, while the W8 and W10 each offer a total of six airbags. All models have ABS with EBD, while W6 derivatives and above gain hill hold and hill descent control plus an electronic stability programme with rollover mitigation.

Under the bonnet, the brand’s mHawk 2,2 turbodiesel engine still delivers 103 kW and 330 N.m, although Mahindra says it has “refined” the powerplant. The suspension, too, has been revised to offer “greater comfort and improved handling”.

A five-year/150 000 km warranty comes standard, along with a five-year/100 000 km service plan.

Pricing:
Mahindra XUV500 W4: R299 999
Mahindra XUV500 W6 AT: R359 999
Mahindra XUV500 W8: R374 999
Mahindra XUV500 W8 AT: R403 999
Mahindra XUV500 W10 AT: R419 999