Mahindra XUV500 Gets Android Auto, Connected Apps And Ecosense
Apple CarPlay isn’t offered for now
Good news! If you were planning to put your money down for a new Mahindra XUV500, you will now get even more bang for your buck. The company has confirmed that its 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been upgraded to support smartphone linking via Android Auto. The infotainment system continues to boast of a built-in GPS navigation system, audio/video playback via USB, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, iPod connectivity and a picture viewer.
Additionally, it now gets industry-first features like Connected Apps and Ecosense. The former enables the use of apps such as Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Book My Show and others installed in the infotainment system itself, irrespective of their availability in the mobile phone of the user. To ensure that the driver isn't distracted, the text to speech feature comes in handy as well.
Ecosense, on the other hand, is a tech that helps with economical driving. It gives scores to the driver based on his driving style and keeps displaying the Ecoscore out of 100. This assists the driver in knowing the exact area where he/she needs to adapt his/her driving in order to reduce fuel consumption. Other aspects like clutch and brake usage are also monitored, which will help in predictive servicing of your seven-seater.
That’s not all, the butch SUV also gets a first-in-class Emergency Call service and a one-touch lane indicator has been introduced as well. The XUV500 will also be available in the new Lake-Side Brown shade with black leather seats and black dashboard.
The new features are available on all variants of the Mahindra XUV500, except the base W4 grade. While the W6 and W8 get Android Auto support, Emergency Call service and Ecosence, the range-topping W10 gets Connected Apps as well along with these. Did you purchase the updated XUV500 but didn't get these features? Don't worry. Head over to any of the authorised Mahindra showrooms and for a nominal fee, which Mahindra says is almost free, the infotainment system will be upgraded to support these new additions.
The Mahindra XUV500 is a great overall package. While it comes loaded with features, it also has a capable powertrain underneath. It is currently available with either a 1.99-litre diesel or a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Both the engines are tuned to pump out 140PS/330Nm. Similarly, customers can either opt for a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with both the engine options. Apart from the cubic capacity, the only difference between the two engine options is that the 2.2-litre is also offered with an all-wheel-drive system and the smaller engine isn’t.
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