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2021 Mahindra XUV500 spied with a panoramic sunroof, Tesla-style door handle

A video of the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 has surfaced in which we can clearly see the huge panoramic sunroof that it will be offering. From the video, we can see that the panoramic sunroof is quite big and takes up almost 2/3 of the roof. It might be one of the biggest panoramic sunroofs that have ever been equipped to an Indian car. Other highlights from the video we can see are smart looking alloy wheels, Mahindra’s 6-slat vertical grille, LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, pronounced wheel arches and hips to accentuate the SUV proportions. This also helps in increasing the road presence of the upcoming XUV500.

In the video, we can see that there is no prominent door handle which means Mahindra will be offering some kind of door handles that will sit flush with the bodywork. The previous generation of XUV500 was also the first vehicle to make vertical door handles look attractive. It is fair to assume that the variant that is caught on the video is a top-end variant which comes with all the bells and whistles that Mahindra has to offer. After all, the XUV500 will be the new flagship of the homegrown manufacturer once the Alturas G4 is discontinued.

The sunroof has been considered as one of the premium features in India. People have specifically bought the upper variant because it was equipped with a sunroof. Manufacturers know this and take advantage of this by offering the sunroof only in the top-end variant. A manufacturer like Tata Motors made a special variant of the Nexon that offers sunroof at a lower cost to attract more people. However, most of the cars that are sold in India are not equipped with a sunroof but that does not stop people from going for an after-market solution. Yes, some people opt for an aftermarket sunroof option without thinking the repercussions of it.

The XUV500 was the first monocoque chassis by the homegrown manufacturer. They offered a lot of features and equipment that was first in the segment. It was also a family SUV that could seat 7 people. People loved the XUV500 so much that it was one of the most successful SUVs in the Indian market. However, the competitors have now caught up with Hyundai launching their Creta, Kia has Seltos, MG Motors have the Hector Plus and Tata has their Harrier and the upcoming Safari. So, it was high time that Mahindra launched an all-new generation of the XUV500 so that it compete better in the Indian market.

 

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Mahindra has also upgraded the interior with dual screens that sit side by side to mimic a look of a longer screen. The centre one is the touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple Carplay whereas the other one is the digital instrument cluster for the driver. The XUV500 will be powered by a new set of engines. There will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The petrol will produce 190 PS while the diesel engine will produce 180 PS. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin. The 2021 XUV500 is expected to launch in mid-2021 from a starting price of Rs. 14 lakhs ex-showroom, while the top-end all-wheel drive and an automatic variant should cost around Rs. 22 lakhs ex-showroom.