Mahindra XUV at a car rally organised among ASEAN countries in India. (Representational Picture)CreativeCommons/PriyankuPhukan

A new prototype of Mahindra XUV500 facelift has been spied undergoing tests in Chennai, this time showing the camouflaged front.

Auto lovers in the country have seen dozens of spy shots of XUV500 facelift and the latest spy shots come from MotorVikatan. In the images, only the front, rear and alloy wheels were seen dressed up, suggesting that the key changes are likely to be in these areas. Expected to make its debut in the country sometime in 2015, XUV 500 facelift seems to have adopted a pretty different front fascia when compared to the  existing model.

At this point of time, it is difficult to figure out the exact changes at the front and rear of XUV 500 facelift, but new tail lamps and reworked front bumper appear to be in the pipeline. The door handles of the XUV500 facelift is also likely to receive changes along with the alloy wheels. Inside the cabin too, the new XUV500 is expected to receive small changes.

XUV 500 is expected to carry the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder mHawk diesel mill, which currently generates a power of 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and a peak torque of 330 Nm at 1,600-2,800 rpm. The facelift could also get an automatic version. Once it hits the market, the model will be pitted against Tata Safari Storme and Renault Duster. 

Meanwhile, Mahindra launched the new variant  of its iconic SUV Scorpio in India with a price tag of ₹9.7 lakh (ex-Showroom, New Delhi). Dubbed as Scorpio S4+, the new Scorpio model features dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD), panic brake indication and seat-belt reminder.