Mahindra biggest launch for this year was the all-new Thar off road SUV. Next year, the automaker will unleash the next-generation model of the hugely popular XUV500 luxury crossover. The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 has already been spotted multiple times in the run up to launch. Spyshots have revealed that the all-new, 2nd generation Mahindra XUV500 will be a feature-rich car, and will get a slew of segment-best features including semi-autonomous safety and convenience technologies. In fact, the new XUV500 was spotted testing with Mercedes Benz S-Class-style dual screens. Meanwhile, Mahindra continues to extensively test the all-new XUV500 on Indian roads, and here is a video that shows the SUV driven at high speed on a highway down south.
The Mahindra XUV500, when it was first launched in 2011, was the first monocoque vehicle developed ground up by the Indian automaker. The all-new XUV500 will also retain the monocoque design but will sit on a new platform that Mahindra will share with Ford. A new Ford branded SUV based on the new XUV500’s platform is being readied for launch in India, and other developing markets across the world. The Ford SUV is expected to arrive a year after the new XUV500.
The all-new XUV500 will get a totally refreshed design, and is also expected to grow in size. Like the outgoing model, the new 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be a vehicle aimed at not just the Indian market but also markets abroad. To suit buyers in developed countries, Mahindra will also offer a turbocharged petrol engine on the XUV500. The 2 liter-4 cylinder mStallion turbocharged petrol engine first seen on the new Thar is expected to be shoehorned into the new XUV500, but with boosted power and torque outputs.
The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine will be the other motor offered at launch in the new SUV. Even this engine is likely to get a power and torque boost on the 2021 XUV500. Outputs of 170 Bhp-400 Nm are likely on the all-new crossover, which will get 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options with both petrol and diesel engines. A front wheel drive layout will be standard while higher trims will get an all wheel drive option, as is the case with the outgoing model.
In terms of positioning, the all-new Mahindra XUV500 will operate in the mid sized SUV segment, squaring off against the likes of the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass. In price terms, expect an overlap between the new XUV500 and smaller SUVs such as the Kia Seltos and the 2020 Hyundai Creta. Expect prices of the all-new Mahindra XUV500 to start from close to the Rs. 13 lakh mark.