Mahindra & Mahindra is working on the launch of next-generation XUV500. The company has already begun testing the SUV on road. In January this year, the vehicle was rumoured to be on works, but now it’s confirmed that we will soon get the updated XUV500. A new video has surfaced online which indicates that the next-gen SUV codenamed W601 has undergone road test. The SUV was heavily covered while on the test. Although, we have got the first glimpse of the upcoming Mahindra SUV.
At the front, we can see a six slated horizontal front grille which gives it a striking appearance. The recently spotted next-gen XUV500 hasn’t entered the production stages which is suggested by the headlamps and tail lamps. The upcoming SUV will be manufactured in a new platform which will provide all-new structure and design. The first version of XUV500 was introduced in the market in the year 2011. After the launch, the company has tried to improve some features, but it hasn’t pleased the fans much.
Talking about the dimensions, the next-gen XUV500 will be bigger and better just Toyota Fortuner and Jeep Compass. Although, the silhouette and the window curves and frame are similar to the existing variant. It has been completely updated from the rear. Now, it will come with a sharper and new tailgate. The upcoming model is assumed to be a 7-seater variant which is in high demand these days.
The cabin will be more spacious with increased headroom and legroom. It is also assumed to get a feature-packed and comfortable cabin which can include dual-zone climate control, a fully digital instrument console, ventilated seats, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The SUV can also feature an all-new steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, and new centre console highlighting new elements.
The upcoming XUV500 is expected to be powered by a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. The power and torque figures are not yet known, but it will be more powerful compared to the existing engine ion offer. The existing XUV500 is capable of making 155PS of power and 360Nm of torque. The company has recently halted the production of petrol units which makes 140PS power and 320Nm of torque.
The engine is expected to be combined with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. It will be also available in an all-wheel-drive variant. The next-gen XUV500 will be definitely pricier than the existing model available from Rs 12.31 lakh to Rs 18.52 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The vehicle can debut in February at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new SUV will compete against the likes of MG Hector, Tata Harrier, and Kia Seltos.
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