The next generation crossover SUV will get larger and wider touchscreen
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 is currently undergoing extensive testing regime in preparing for a launch in first half of next year. The camouflaged interior of the next-generation crossover has been photographed up close once again.
2021 Mahindra XUV500 interior
The latest spyshots reveal the heavily contoured front bucket seat wrapped in black quilted leather upholstery. The seats look comfortable with adequate side bolstering. Interestingly, one of the spy photos reveal a portion of the rear bench which is upholstered in lighter tone of beige, but it is not very uncommon for pre-production prototypes to employ several make-shift elements.
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500’s dashboard design has nothing in common with the outgoing car. The new unit has a simpler and conventional layout with predominantly flat surfaces. The new center console houses a wider and larger touchscreen (hidden in the spyshots), a low-mounted center AC vents and neatly laid out controls panel for the automatic climate control.
The previous spy shots of the interior indicated that the dashboard will adopt dual-tone black and silver colour theme. Other highlights include a multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel and an instrument console with a large MID.
New Mahindra XUV500 – What to expect?
Even though the test prototypes does not wear production-spec body panels yet, it can be deduced that the new styling is significantly different from the current car. While there is a sense of familiarity in profile, the crossover’s front and rear fascia will incorporate new design elements which will be in-line with the brand’s new identity. We expect the new XUV500 to come equipped with full LED headlamps and taillights.
To be underpinned by a new platform which will also be shared with an upcoming Ford C-SUV for India, the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be slightly larger than its predecessor.
A new 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with a power output in the ballpark of 180 hp is expected to propel the new Mahindra XUV500. Transmission options will include 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission. The vehicle is also expected to feature a turbocharged petrol engine to appeal to customers who don’t want to pay a hefty premium for a BS6 diesel engine.
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be competing with the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and MG Hector Plus. The company will be counting on the new product to help it scale back the lost UV segment marketshare.