Tata Hexa’s arrival has made Mahindra a bit concerned. The recent re-launch of the Mahindra XUV500 Sportz Edition is an indicator that Mahindra is keen to get more customers to their dealerships before the Hexa sweeps away the Rs. 15 lakh SUV buyer. Based on the W10 trim, the special edition vehicle is priced at Rs. 16.6 lakh and Rs. 17.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the manual and automatic versions respectively.
Mechanically, things remain the same as the W10, with the same 140bhp 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The upgrades are more along the cosmetic lines with contrast-coloured panels and body graphics. Other visual changes include red contrast colour inserts around the fog lamps, contrast-coloured door handles and roof rails, body graphics on the bonnet, wing mirrors and lower door panels, and Sportz badging. A new pair of alloys and red brake calipers wrap up the show outside. The stylized Sportz badge is carried forward to the dashboard inside and also finds a home on the ignition key.
The Mahindra XUV500 Sportz Edition comes packed with all the equipment that’s onboard the W10 variant including reverse parking camera, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, auto climate control, cruise control, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.