The XUV500 is among the most popular SUVs by Mahindra and is sold in several international markets as well. The brute looking SUV has been in the market for a long time now, the first iteration been launched in 2011. Till date, Mahindra has given two facelifts to the XUV500 but not a generation update. However, that is set to change soon as the automaker is currently working on the next-generation model of the XUV500. The SUV is expected to be launched in the second half of 2020 and will give a new lease of life to the vehicle which recently has been under attack by several new rivals like the Tata Harrier and the MG Hector. Till now, the new 2020 XUV500 wasn’t spotted testing but now this video below by TIMVIX shows a camouflaged XUV500 in full glory.
The images you see here show the upcoming XUV500 in real-world for the first time ever. Before this, the new XUV500 existed only in renders and speculations but now the SUV is full and running on roads. Going by the spy shots, we can say that the vehicle is in the final stages of development and Mahindra has started testing it to rectify any real-world running issues along with developing it further. The heavily camouflaged car wears strap on lights on both the front and the rear end. It is currently being tested using steel wheels as the final alloy design would have not been decided yet.
The window line kink at the C-pillar retains its position and has become a signature style element of the XUV500. The next generation XUV500 appears to have a slightly sloping roofline. One of the design features that has been retained on the new model is the kink in the window line. While the interior of the car is wrapped in heavy camouflage, one of the images reveals its new design steering wheel. The all-new Mahindra XUV500 will likely get an all-new face with an all-new grille at the front. It will also get a new aggressive bumper and new set of headlamps, which will be much better looking than the other current-generation model.
Mahindra is developing an all-new platform for the next-generation XUV500. Even the engines will come from Mahindra while Ford will develop a new telematics system for the all-new SUV. The all-new XUV500 is likely to offer a connected infotainment system, which will keep the vehicle connected to the Internet all the time and will allow the owner to track its real-time status and location.
Mahindra is developing an all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine that will be used to power the next-generation of Mahindra SUVs including the all-new Thar, all-new Scorpio and the all-new XUV500. With the new engine, the Mahindra XUV500 is expected to generate around a maximum of 180 Bhp. It will be an all-new BS6 compliant engine. Since Mahindra XUV500 is currently available in both 2WD and AWD versions, the all-new XUV500 is likely to offer the same. It is not known if the all-new XUV500 will offer a petrol engine option. However, there will be a choice of manual and automatic transmission options.