Mahindra has been working on its new range of SUVs. It started with the launch of the 2020 Thar which is already sold out till May 2021. There is also the upcoming Scorpio which, is expected to launch next year. However, today we will be talking about the XUV500 which will also be launching sometime next year.
When the XUV500 was first launched, it came with many best and first in class features of the segment. Mahindra is trying to do the same with the upcoming new generation of XUV500. While it has been spied numerous times, there is not much information available about the SUV. However, recently a YouTube video posted by Sagar Patel showcases the two large touchscreens that will be featured on the XUV500. It seems that the design is inspired by Mercedes-Benz models because they are the one who started the trend of two big screens stacked together for seamless integration.
The same type of screens can be seen in the new generation of XUV500. There are a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system that has been placed side by side. There are no traditional analogue displays on offer. Mahindra has gone all digital with the upcoming XUV500. However, we suspect that the lower variants of the XUV500 still get some sort of traditional dials.
There is a high possibility that Mahindra will be offering door handles that sit flush with the bodywork, panoramic sunroof and other premium features too. Considering that XUV500 has always been a feature-loaded SUV, we will not be surprised that Mahindra continues to offer some unique features in the segment. From the previous spy shots, we know that the XUV500 will be getting LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, roof rails, new alloy wheels and an all new design.
The 2021 XUV500 will be powered by a new set of petrol and diesel engines which were unveiled at Auto Expo 2020. There will be a 2.2-litre updated mHawk diesel engine and a new mStallion 2.0-litre petrol engine. The new turbocharged petrol engine should produce around 190 HP of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. Both the engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There should also be some kind of 4×4 drivetrain option that should be available on the higher variants. Once launched, the XUV500 will be competing against the likes of MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the upcoming 7-seater version of the Hyundai Creta. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 13 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant, while the top-end all-wheel drive and an automatic variant should cost around Rs. 22 lakhs ex-showroom. The XUV500 will continue to be Mahindra’s flagship vehicle that’s fully built in India with extensive localization.