Mahindra is expected to put the new XUV500 on sale in April 2021. The SUV will receive a fresh design while keeping a familiar style. The XUV500 model was first launched in 2011 and got 2 facelifts in 2015 & 2018. But the new SUV will be built on a stiffer monocoque platform.
It’s expected to be wider and longer than its predecessors with a front-wheel drive for the most part and AWD as an option. It’ll come with an engine & gearbox mounted across as it did earlier.
Mahindra is adamant to keep the original identity of XUV500 while adding on a new and advanced look. It is maintaining the strong SUV posture with a familiar cowl. More on the upfront look, there’s a couple of ridges on the bonnet, a new grille, DRLs and C-shaped headlamps.
The new-gen XUV500 is introduced with new, more modern-looking flush-mounted levers on the side replacing the old side-hinged flap-style door handles. In the back, the tailgate has been simplified it seems and it looks like they used horizontal lines to make the rear look broader.
Mahindra employed the help of their experienced partner Ford in a lot of the aspects of designing the new XUV500. Ford offers a lot of expertise and stands to be a capable partner when it comes to SUVs. The new Mahindra model is going to have a longer wheelbase and a lower centre of gravity. It will also come with a stiffer chassis optimal for improving the driving experience. While Mahindra & Ford both share the same chassis to build their own SUVs on, Ford engineers have contributed quite a lot according to Mahindra insiders.
The new XUV500 is said to come with 2 engine options, an all new 2.2 litre mHawk diesel and a 190hp, 2.0-litre direct injection turbo petrol. The mHawk is a refined engine expected to deliver 185h. The petrol engine, on the other hand, is expected to come with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed Aisin-derived torque converter automatic gearbox.
In terms of interior, the new XUV500 will make its three-row cabin more spacious & practical. One can expect some increase in shoulder & leg room. Mahindra plans to offer both 6 as well as 7 seat layouts.
An interesting addition might be the 2 horizontally mounted screens on the dashboard. They appear like one long panel similar to the ones in some Mercedes models.
The SUV will also have features like hill hold (only in the automatic variant), drive modes, and an electronic parking brake. Although not confirmed, higher variants may include panoramic sunroof too.
Mahindra XUV500 price in India is ₹13.60 Lakh onwards.
Mahindra has decided to up their game and move past their rivals when it comes to safety in this model, they offer safety features like Level 2 Autonomous Driving Assist Systems (ADAS).