2021 Mahindra XUV500 has been spied testing again. While the earlier spy shots revealed the SUV’s exterior and parts of its interior, the latest spy video unveils the SUV’s dual-tone cabin in its entirety.
At the front, along with the Mercedes-like dual-screen setup, it gets steering mounted controls, a manual day/night IRVM, manually adjustable driver’s seat and manual parking gear lever. It’s possible that the car under test is a mid-spec variant since the test mule spied earlier featured an electronic parking brake and electrically adjustable driver’s seat. Higher variants of the new XUV500 are also expected to get auto-dimming IRVM. The steering wheel of the new XUV500 will be a flat-bottom unit. In the second row, the new XUV500 will have floor mounted AC vents, instead of the B-pillar mounted vents seen on the current generation.
The new XUV500 also gets dedicated AC vents in the third row, which folds flat. While the SUV gets 50:50 split seats in the third row, the second row is 60:40 split. Other features that are visible include a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system.
For safety, the new XUV500 is expected to get features like multiple airbags (up to 8), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree parking camera, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control, hill launch assist and hill descent control. Mahindra might also level 1 autonomous features with the new XUV500 making it the first mass-market offering to offer such features.
Under the hood, the XUV500 is expected to share its engines with the Mahindra Thar, but in a different state of tune. The Thar gets a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 150PS of power and 300Nm of torque, while the 2.2-litre diesel engine is good for 130PS and 300Nm. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. These engines are expected to be tuned to offer better output in the XUV. While the Thar gets 4WD as standard, the new XUV500 is likely to get it in the higher variants only.
Prices of the new XUV500 are expected to range from Rs 12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh. It will take on the likes of the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Tata Gravitas.