Mahindra has been testing the XUV500 across India rigorously to ensure that the SUV is reliable and can perform in every environment. The SUV was spotted testing near Panipat and the spy shots do reveal some new exterior and interior details of the SUV. The 2021 XUV500 will be launched in mid of 2021 and will be the new flagship from the homegrown manufacturer. The design of the SUV has been changed slightly which leads us to think that there will be multiple variants that will come with different design languages.
From the spy shots, we can see that the XUV500 does not use the J-shaped elongated LED Daytime Running Lamps that we have seen on earlier spy shots. So, there might be a chance that the J-styled LED Daytime Running Lamp will be available on the higher variants or the design has been dropped due to some reason. However, the design of the front grille and the air dam is still the same on both the variants. So, it continues to get Mahindra’s 6 vertical slat grille that we have also seen on other Mahindra SUVs.
We can also see the bulge in the bonnet of the SUV that enhances the butch looks. At the rear, we can see the shark-fin antenna, horizontal LED headlamps, roof rails and a rear wiper with washer. We can also see a silver faux skid plate from where the camouflage is peeling. The design still carries the side bulge that is now extended till the end and the boot is also much more upright. Mahindra is using 10-spoke alloy wheel design and the door handles sit flush with the bodywork. There are also roof rails placed which might be functional on the variants that don’t come with a panoramic sunroof.
For the interior, we get a look at front seats, which looks upholstered heavily and there is also a centre armrest. The upholstery is finished in beige colour. The horizontal AC vents are placed below the infotainment system and then there are the controls for automatic climate control. There is a new flat-bottom steering wheel with controls for various functions. The upper part of the dashboard is covered, but we know that the higher variants will come with a dual-screen setup. The touchscreen infotainment system will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and BlueSense connected car technology. The second screen will act as a digital instrument cluster. The lower variants will get an analogue instrument cluster with a multi-information display.
Mahindra will be offering two engine options with the XUV500. There will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which will produce 180 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. The 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine will produce around 185 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.