As we all know that Mahindra is working on refreshing its line-up. They have already launched the 2020 Thar, which is a huge success in the market. They will also be launching the Scorpio by the second half of next year. However, the most anticipated vehicle from Mahindra is the XUV500 which according to new rumours will be launching in April 2021. The new SUV will get an all-new radical design and modern features. The XUV500 should offer numerous first and best in segment features when it is launched.
The first generation of the XUV500 also offered many new features to the segment, which helped in increasing its sales. However, now the competition has caught up and Mahindra would need to offer something unique so that the XUV500 stands out from the competition. There is a possibility that the current generation of XUV500 might get discontinued by the end of January 2021. We still do not know if the prices of the XUV500 will also get a hike as all other Mahindra vehicles will get a price hike.
We already know from the previous spy shots that Mahindra will be offering dual screens just like Mercedes-Benz does with its models. The left one will feature the touchscreen infotainment system while the right one will be a digital instrument cluster with a Multi-information display. The infotainment system will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and some kind of connected car technology. The lower variants of the XUV500 will get traditional dials instead of a digital instrument cluster just like we have seen on the 2020 Thar. We have already covered more about the dual screens which you can read more by clicking here.
The new generation of XUV500 will get door handles that will sit flush with the bodywork. No other manufacturer offers these types of door handles in this segment. We know that there will be a new more modern design of the LED headlamps which will offer LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED tail lamps. The 7-slat Mahindra grille also gets a modern touch. There will be features like automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, multiple airbags, traction control, cruise control, flat-bottom steering wheel, voice commands and much more. The XUV500 was also spotted doing highway testing about which you can read more by clicking here.
Powering the 2021 XUV500 will be 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 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine should produce around 180 PS of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. 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. The 2021 XUV500 will be competing against the likes of MG Hector, Tata Gravitas and the upcoming 7-seater version of the Hyundai Creta. The starting price of the new SUV should be around Rs. 14 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 still be the flagship homegrown SUV as the Alturas G4 might get discontinued by then.