Next-gen Mahindra XUV500 & new Fortuner-rivaling SUV to use Ssangyong platforms

Mahindra’s international operations chief, Arvind Mathew, has revealed that the next-generation Scorpio and XUV500 are in the works. Both SUVs will use a brand new platform that will be borrowed from Ssangyong. There’s another new SUV, a 7 seat Fortuner rival, that Mahindra is also developing.

The next-generation Scorpio and the 7 seat Fortuner rival will use a new ladder frame chassis borrowed from Ssangyong. The next-gen XUV500 will use a new monocoque platform. Both the Scorpio and XUV500 are in the fag end of their product lifecycles and need replacements soon.

Here is what Mr. Mathew told,

Over the next three years there will be a compact SUV, there will be platform changes for XUV, platform changes for Pik-Up.Going up from four to five [stars], you really need a new platform. You cannot do cut and paste anymore, it’s fundamental to the platform.

The new Scorpio and XUV500 could be launched in India during 2020. The two new platforms Mahindra is developing for both the vehicles will comply with tighter emission norms and higher safety standards. Mahindra will use the new Scorpio platform for the pick-up truck model as well, which it sells in multiple international markets. The new platform will have BS6 emission norms compliant turbocharged diesel engines. Mahindra has already revealed that both the Scorpio and XUV500 will get a new 2 liter turbocharged diesel engine that will meet BS6 norms.

Mahindra is also expected to offer turbocharged petrol engine option on both the next-gen Scorpio and XUV500 models for India as well for international markets. This is because there may be a significant shift from diesel engined cars in future, and as a company that hedges its bets for the future, Mahindra will have to think and act well ahead. The future versions of the XUV500 and Scorpio will also be ready to accept electric powertrains, another future requirement. Both new vehicles have huge fan followings in the Indian market, and Mahindra is expected to give them major style and feature makeovers while retaining the models’ distinct identities. Both SUVs will also be safer than present models.