Mahindra is working on launching two new SUVs. There will be the new generation of the XUV500 and the Scorpio. Both the SUVs were expected to launch this year. The XUV500 was supposed to be launched in mid of 2021 whereas the Scorpio was expected to launch by the end of 2021. However, according to Team-BHP, the launch of the XUV500 has been pushed till September 2021. Due to this, the deliveries of the new SUV will start in November 2021.
The 2021 XUV500 is already one of the much-awaited launches of this year. The testing of the SUV has been going on the Indian roads for a long time. It has been spotted doing high-speed highway runs, extreme weather testing and even on high altitudes. These tests are important to ensure that the SUV can perform everywhere and does not leave the occupants stranded in any situation.
The new SUV will come with a new exterior design and interior design. It will also get a new set of engines. There will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will also get direct-injection. The engine is expected to produce somewhere around 180 PS to 190 PS with a torque output close to 380 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Then there will be a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that will produce around 160 PS to 170 PS whereas the peak torque output should stay the same as the petrol engine at 380 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The exterior still looks like it is inspired by a Cheetah. There will be two headlamp design on offer. One will come with L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps while the other one will have LED Daytime Running Lamps integrated into the LED Headlamps. The fog lamps are also expected to be LED units and will be placed in the lower half of the bumper. At the front, we will get Mahindra’s grille 6-slats placed vertically. The Mahindra logo will sit above the grille and the bonnet will also get lines that integrate with the A-pillar. There is a sleek air dam in the lower half of the bumper to feed air to the engine.
The side profile consists of some new 5-spoke alloy wheels, turn indicators placed on the outside rearview mirrors, roof rails and shark-fin antenna. There bulge on the rear wheel arch is still there which has become a characteristic of the XUV500. The door handles will sit flush with the bodywork, providing a clean look to the side profile of the SUV. The rear will also be all-new with new LED tail lamps.
The interior of the SUV is a big step up from the current one. It comes with a two-tone theme which is black and beige. There is a dual-screen setup that takes the centre stage. The centre screen works as an infotainment system while the second one replaces the stock instrument cluster. It will come with soft-touch materials and stitching. Overall, the cabin does feel a lot more upmarket than the current one.