Mahindra’s most awaited launch is of the 2021 XUV500 which is expected to get unveiled in mid of 2021. The SUV was recently spied on rough terrain in cold weather. There might be a chance that Mahindra is testing the 4×4 powertrain for the XUV500 with high-altitude testing. The XUV500 used to offer an all-wheel-drive system which was discontinued some time back. These types of tests are important as they ensure that the SUV’s all wheel drive system will be able to perform in slippery conditions such as ice and with thin air that is found on higher altitudes. The images have been clicked in Solang Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
From the new spyshots, we also get a first look at the new design of LED Daytime Running Lamps that Mahindra has equipped the 2021 XUV500 with. We expect the SUV to come with full LED setup for the headlamps. However, we think that the lower variants are expected to come with halogen setups.
The front of the SUV is aggressive with the new up-right grille that comes with 6 vertical slats. There is a slim but a wide air dam placed in the lower half of the bumper. We can see that the number plate has been put on the centre of the grille, which might be hiding some kind of equipment because there is clearly enough space between the grill and the lower air dam.
Then we come to the side of the SUV, where we see the flush-sitting door handles, turn indicator on the outside rearview mirror, 5-spoke alloy wheels and a prominent rear hip giving the SUV a wide stance. The SUV will also come with roof rails that are expected to be functional on the non-panoramic sunroof variants. At the rear of the SUV, we can see a high-mounted LED stoplight has been placed, there is a rear wiper with washer and a shark-fin antenna. 2021 XUV500 will also come with LED tail lamps and one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the segment.
Features and Interior
The interior of the SUV is expected to be a big improvement with the use of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. So, we can expect soft-touch dashboard, soft-touch inserts on the door, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter and leather upholstery. the XUV500 will be the new flagship for the Mahindra so we expect it to be much more premium than the outgoing generation.
For the equipment, Mahindra will be offering loads of features. When the first generation XUV500 was launched it came with a lot of fist-in-segment features and we are expecting the same to happen once again with the upcoming 2021 XUV500. It will come with automatic climate control, rear AC vents with controls, traction control, stability program, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and much more. There will also be a digital instrument cluster on the higher variants whereas the lower ones will get an analogue unit.
Engine and Transmission
Mahindra will offer two engine options with the 2021 XUV500. There will be a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The petrol engine will produce around 190 PS and 380 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine which will produce 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 or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Once launched the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will compete against the Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus.