Mahindra just launched the 2020 Thar which is already a huge success in the Indian market. The SUV is already booked until May 2021. Also, the prices of the 2020 Thar has been increased from December 1. Other SUVs from Mahindra will also soon be launching. There will be a new generation of Scorpio and XUV500.
The new generation of XUV500 was spied with its new dual touchscreen systems. More of which you can read by clicking here. Recently, the new generation of the XUV500 was spotted being tested on Indian highways. The SUV has been recorded on a video and it is uploaded on the YouTube channel of AutoTrend TV. The 2021 XUV500 is wrapped in camouflage. However, we can still see a slight hint of new LED headlamps and Mahindra’s 7-slat grille. It seems like the XUV500 is close to its production specification and should be launched somewhere in the next year.
We also know that Mahindra will be using door handles that sit flush with the bodywork. These types of door handles will be a first for any Indian vehicle. It will also get other premium features like a panoramic sunroof that will give an airy feel to the cabin and dual touchscreens just like we have seen on Mercedes-Benz models. 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. Mahindra will also give a set of roof rails, LED taillamps, diamond-cut alloy wheels and all-new muscular SUV design. When the XUV500 was first launched, it came with a lot of first and best in segment features and we hope that Mahindra continues that trend with the upcoming generation.
The 2021 XUV500 will get a new set of petrol and diesel engines which were unveiled at Auto Expo 2020. There is 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. We also hope that Mahindra brings some kind of 4×4 drivetrain for the XUV500. 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. The price of the new SUV is expected to start around Rs. 13 lakhs ex-showroom for the base variant, while the top-end all-wheel drive, diesel with an automatic transmission should cost around Rs. 22 lakhs ex-showroom.
The XUV500 has been Mahindra’s flagship homegrown offering since 2011. The first generation XUV500 was a monster hit right from the word go thanks to terrific pricing, so much so that Mahindra had to conduct booking lotteries to manage demand. The XUV500 will turn 10 years next year, and what a time for Mahindra to finally say goodbye to the old workhorse and replace it with something that’s radically new.