Mahindra is a well known brand name in the world of automobile manufacturing and is best known for hardy utility vehicles as-well-as SUVs. After recent debut of Mahindra THAR, the company is again in news for its upcoming all-new XUV500, which is going to launch in April 2021, as per automobile news. The second-generation model is expected to be superior to its processor in exterior, interior and powertrain department.
The styling of the exterior is going to be different by far from the current model. The existing grille will be replaced by one featuring vertical slats and bumpers, hood and headlamps will also get a new look, making this new model a more mature looking SUV. At the rear, the hatch seems a lot less bulbous with sharper lines. The silhouette on the side does not suggest a radical departure but changes in body lines and panels along with new alloy wheels and an update DLO area should give a fresh sporty look.
Sources confirm that the interior section is getting an upgrade as well. The all-new look will come with more space and features inside, making the cabin more airy. The dashboard comes with a twin-screen setup, possibly inspired by Mercedes-Benz. The infotainment system will also be controlled via a swivel wheel, taking the premium intentions a notch up. Features will include flat-bottomed steering wheel, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist etc, Other comfort features will likely to include connected car tech, branded sound system, climate control, powered front seats, and key-less entry with push button start. Auto headlamps and wipers, LED lighting and panoramic sun-roof is also expected from this new model.
The new 2021 Mahindra XUV500 is expected to have both petrol and diesel engine options at launch. The petrol option will be the 2.0 litre mStallion unit, debuted by the new THAR. For XUV500, the engine is expected to deliver more power, close to 190HP in one version. The diesel version will be a 2.2 litre mHawk, which will be upgraded and expected to put out a substantial 180bHP. Both engines are expected to include a 6-speed manual as-well-as 6-speed torque converter automatic, and an all-wheel-drive system is also likely to be up for offer with higher-spec variants.
The pricing details of new Mahindra XUV500 is still speculative, but is expected to undercut its rivals while ensuring a high list of features across the variant range. The new model is up for competition with the likes of Tata Harrier, MG Hector Plus and also, the upcoming Tata Gravitas and Hyundai Creta7-seat variant. The starting price will be around INR.14 lakhs.