Codenamed Mahindra W601, next-gen XUV500 is expected to be launched in early 2021
The eagerly anticipated second generation Mahindra XUV500 will not arrive this year. In a recent media interaction, the company’s managing director Dr. Pawan Goenka confirmed that the new gen premium crossover will hit the market in fourth quarter of this financial year (sometime between January to March 2021).
Till then, the existing XUV500 will continue to solider on with BS6-compliant powertrain. The top official also confirmed that the next gen Scorpio will be ready only by May 2021. This means, the only the next generation Mahindra Thar is coming this year. The off-roader is slated to be introduced in the coming weeks with completely overhauled hardware and styling.
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 pre-production prototypes have been testing extensively across the country for the past several months now, giving an impression that the launch is set sometime in 2020. The test mules are fully camouflaged and employ makeshift headlamps and taillights but the decided shift in styling language is apparent.
The new Mahindra XUV500 will be adopting Mahindra’s new design philosophy which was previewed by the open-top Funster EV concept. The trademark seven-slot front grille will get narrower and will be complemented by sleek LED headlamps. The DRL design would be similar to the one seen on the XUV300.
If the prototypes are anything to go by, the 2021 XUV500’s silhouette is also quite different compared to its predecessor. The vehicle appears to be considerably longer, which means the third row passengers are likely to benefit from additional leg room.
It is safe to assume that the crossover will receive a fresh interior, complete with all-new dashboard. We expect the build and material qualities to go up by a few notches. Mahindra is sure to pack its popular SUV with with a loads of technology and equipment.
To be underpinned by a new monocoque platform, the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will be powered by a new 2.0-liter diesel engine. It is being reported that the new motor will be significantly more powerful than the existing 2.2-liter unit which is good for 155 hp.
There will also be a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine on offer. The SUV will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options. The fully-loaded variant will also boast all-wheel-drive system.
The new Mahindra XUV500 will lock horns with the likes of Tata Gravitas (Harrier 7-seater) and MG Hector 7-seater. Going by Mahindra’s track record, one can expect the new model to be priced very competitively.