A more western design that better suits its customers’ tastes: Mahindra’s KUV100 and XUV500 models are undergoing a renewal with both technical and stylistic updates. These models are laying even firmer foundations for the Indian manufacturer that is, surprisingly, in second place on the Italian market in the category of fastest-growing brands.

The “urban” KUV100’s new features are more pronounced and begin with the new front and rear LED light units. The first house dual chamber headlights that emphasise the SUV character, while the second are equipped with a sportier and more modern internal design. At the front of the car, we also now find a fog lamp structure in black and the indicators integrated into the wing mirrors.

The new 18” diamond cut alloy wheels are also available for the K8’s higher level outfitting, while the palette of colours is enriched with the new Highway red tone. This colour has been added to another seven strips in the catalogue, three of which are two-toned. When it comes to the larger XUV500 model – a ‘long-range’ SUV with seven seats – your attention is grabbed by the changes in the nose. These comprise a new elegant and punchy radiator grille and light units – also LED – with chrome trim as part of the new daytime-running lights design.

At the back, we find a more inclined and less vertical tailgate with light units that stretch laterally to the sides of the car, lending it greater width to the sight, and the spoiler that houses the stop light. New vents have also been added to the upper part of the back of the car to improve aerodynamics and to reduce noisy air flow. Finally, this car is also available in more colours; there are now six, with the addition of the Lakeside Brown, Mystic Copper and Crimson Red colours.

Alessandro Paiola