Mahindra is currently working on couple of new models an XUV500 is one among them. The upcoming Mahindra XUV500 will be based on the Funster concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year. Mahindra is expected to launch the next-gen XUV500 in the market by early 2021. Mahindra and Ford are now involved in a joint venture and they will also launching a SUV on the same platform for Ford. Here we have some more details regarding the upcoming XUV500 SUV.
The second-generation XUV500 is based on a new monocoque chassis and is codenamed ‘Mahindra W601’. The whole car will have sharp character lines and will be much more muscular than the current generation. The front-end of the SUV will redesigned and will get a new grille and sleeker looking headlamps. It will also get a redesigned LED DRL which will add up to the butch look at the front.
Earlier this year at the Auto Expo, Mahindra had also revealed their brand new range of turbocharged petrol engines. The new engines fall under mStallion series and are available in 1.2 litre turbo, 1.5 litre turbo and 2.0 litre turbo units. The upcoming XUV500 will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit from this series. The 2.0 litre turbocharged engine is capable of generating a maximum of 190 Bhp and 380 Nm of torque. Along with petrol engine, Mahindra will also provide a 2.2 litre diesel version on this SUV.
The same engine petrol engine will be available in the Ford version of this SUV and it will be powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine. Mahindra is unlikely to offer the AWD version in the upcoming XUV500. The next-generation XUV500 however will be getting a choice between manual and an automatic gearbox. The current generation of the SUV competes with cars like Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta in the segment.
Mahindra has also informed that the ongoing pandemic situation has affected the JV with Ford and the plans to launch the Ford SUV will be delayed. The next-gen XUV500 will be launched early in 2021 whereas the Ford’s SUV will be launched only an year after year of XUV’s launch. The Ford SUV could be positioned in the same segment, at a price point similar to that of the Tata Harrier.