Mahindra is feverishly testing the all-new, 2021 XUV500 crossover, which is due for launch in the first half of next year. The dashboard design of the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 has been spied, and spyshots indicate that the all-new SUV will feature a Mercedes Benz S-Class-style dual screen on the dash. While one screen will function as a digital instrument cluster to beam out information about the vehicle, including speed, RPM and other key attributes, the second screen will handle infotainment duties.
The dual screen set-up is expected to be offered on the higher trims of the 2021 Mahindra XUV500. Previously offered only on luxury cars, it’ll be the first time that such a feature will be offered on an relatively affordable SUV catering to the mass market. The next-generation Mahindra XUV500 is likely to start from under Rs. 15 lakh for the base trim. The all-new SUV is likely to be feature rich, just like its predecessor. Expect a range of advanced infotainment and connectivity features.
The 2nd generation Mahindra XUV500 will continue to use a monocoque body structure, with front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts being offered on various trims. There will be two engines on offer: the tried and tested 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbocharged diesel engine in 190 Bhp-400/450 Nm state of tune and the newly introduced 2.0 liter-4 cylinder mStallion turbocharged petrol engine with about 190 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Both engines are likely to be offered with two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic.
In terms of safety, we expect the all-new Mahindra XUV500 to get a whole raft of features. 7 airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, ABS, EBD, ESP, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, 360 degree parking camera, hill hold, hill descent control, emergency alerts, adaptive cruise control, speed alerts, tyre pressure monitoring system and seat belt reminder are various features that the new SUV is likely to pack.
As for creature comforts, cooled glove box, ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, multiple zone automatic climate control are expected to be offered. The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be built at the automaker’s Chakan factory with a high amount of localization. It’ll be aimed at both Indian and export markets. In terms of size, it’s likely to get larger, affording a three row seating layout with a spacious third row and enough room for luggage.