Mahindra & Mahindra has finally updated XUV500 with the Apple CarPlay connectivity system. It is to be noted that the Apple CarPlay connectivity system will come equipped only in the top-end W11 variant of XUV500 SUV.
Interestingly, the Mahindra XUV500 is the third SUV in the company's line-up to get this feature, after the Mahindra XUV300 and Marazzo. In addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, the Mahindra XUV500 now also gets other connected features like - Connected Apps, Emergency Call and Ecosense.
Based on AWD, automatic transmission and optional features, the W11 variant alone comes in five variants. Mahindra hasn't announced any revision in pricing so far. According to the company’s latest listing, the W11 trim of Mahindra XUV500 is priced from Rs 17.6 lakh to Rs 18.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing - Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, "At Mahindra, our vehicle offers consumers Accessible Technologies. The introduction of Apple CarPlay enhances the convenience & connectivity offered by the XUV500 and will generate a lot of interest among our potential customers. To delight our customers, we will provide this update to existing owners of the W11 variant as well. They can visit a Mahindra authorised workshop to get their infotainment system upgraded with Apple CarPlay."
Recently, Mahindra had announced a new base variant of the XUV500, the W3 trim, priced at Rs 12.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The W3 competes with the Nexon XZ Plus diesel, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDi+, Renault Duster RXS CVT, Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Creta.
In other news, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ford have already entered into an agreement to co-develop a midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV) that will be sold in India as well as other emerging markets.