As we all know that Mahindra is rigorously testing the upcoming XUV500 before its launch, which is expected to happen in mid of 2021. Recently, the petrol and diesel versions of the XUV500 were spotted together on a test together. We are assuming this because there were multiple test mules of the same SUV that were spotted together. The test should include a petrol engine with a manual gearbox, petrol engine with an automatic gearbox, diesel engine with a manual gearbox and diesel engine with an automatic gearbox.
Powering the 2021 XUV500 will be two new engines. There will be a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine that will come with turbocharging and direct-injection. The engine will be in its highest state of tune, producing around 190 PS and 380 Nm of peak torque. There will also be a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which will produce 180 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
This will be the second generation of XUV500 to launch in India. The current generation of XUV500 has been on sale since 2011. Although, Mahindra did update the SUV by facelifts and added more equipment throughout the years. However, the competitors finally caught-up and now the XUV500 started to age. Many new SUVs were launched that were competing against the XUV500. For instance, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, MG Hector Plus and Jeep Compass. So, it was important for Mahindra to start afresh and fortunately, the manufacture knew that this stage would come and they were ready with the new XUV500. As the XUV500 will be the new flagship of Mahindra, the manufacturer will be offering all the bells and whistles.
The new SUV comes with a much sharper and modern design. The interior and exterior will be changed drastically. From the spy shots, we can see the sharper headlamp design, Mahindra’s 6 vertical slat grille, new 5-spoke alloy wheels, wide air dams, and prominent hips at the rear quarter. This helps in accentuating the SUV road presence of the 2021 XUV500. There are new housings for the front fog lamps which we expect to be LEDs and new muscular bonnet. Mahindra will also be using a new design of door handles that sit flush with the bodywork, it will be first-time that we will see a design like this. There will also be one of the largest panoramic glass sunroofs about which you can read more by clicking here.
The interior will also be a lot more up-market than the current generation. There will be dual horizontal screen setup that we have seen on some Mercedes-Benz models. The centre screen will be a touchscreen infotainment system will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay whereas the other one will be a digital instrument cluster for the driver. The lower variants will get an analogue unit that we have seen on the Thar. Mahindra 2021 XUV500 will go against the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari and the upcoming Hyundai Creta 7-seater.