Next-Generation Mahindra XUV 500 caught testing.
The design will change significantly.
The features list will be upgraded as well.
New BS Vl compliant engine will have increased power and torque ratings.
Mahindra’s XUV 500 has grown long in the tooth and there is increased competition in the segment from new models like the MG Hector and the recently-launched Kia Seltos. The new generation is on the way, however, and it has been spotted testing for the first time on the outskirts of Chennai.
The next-generation XUV 500 will most likely not be completely new, but it will certainly look completely different. It will follow the design language of the latest models like the XUV 300. It will get LED headlamps and DRLs on the top-spec variants, and it will be interesting to see what solution Mahindra comes up with to retain the function of the cornering lamp. The sides look similar to the current model but will switch to regular car door handles, and the window line has a kink near the rear, like in the XUV 300 and Alturas. The new tail lamps also seem to be slightly changed. Inside, the usual suspects will be present: better quality materials to look at and touch, and more room for the second and third rows.
Motive power will be derived from a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 180bhp, and gearbox options will be the same as the current models. We expect the ride and handling to take a cheetah’s leap forward, though, since Mahindra will have vehicle dynamics specialists Cayman Dynamics working on the new-gen XUV 500 from day one this time.
The new Mahindra XUV 500 is expected to launch during the festive season next year and will compete with a bunch of really strong brands like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta (which will also get a third-row option), MG Hector, Skoda Kamiq, and Volkswagen T-Cross.