Mahindra has started road testing the new generation model of the XUV500 SUV. The 2020 XUV500’s test prototype has been spied for the very first time in the outskirts of Chennai, close to the Mahindra Research Valley. This will be the second generation model of the XUV500, and is internally known as the W601. The next-gen XUV500 will likely debut in the second half of next year and will replace the current-gen model that has been around since 2011.
As per the spy pictures, the 2020 XUV500 will receive an evolutionary design language, and might retain its distinctive silhouette. The new model is likely to receive a more upright nose and slightly smaller headlamps. The wide signature Mahindra front grille should be there and so should be the vertical DRLs that were introduced on the XUV300. We also expect it to get LED lights in the headlamps.
Since the car that has been spotted is a pre-production prototype, it doesn’t reveal much in terms of its design, both from the front and rear. From the side, however, it appears that the signature Mahindra kink above the rear wheel arch in the current model will continue to remain there in the new model as well.
The new XUV500 will be built on a monocoque chassis, and the same will also be shared with Ford for its upcoming c-segment SUV. We expect the new XUV500 to be available with both petrol and diesel engine options, and with both manual and automatic transmission options. The diesel engine could be a 2.2-litre unit.
On the inside, the next-generation XUV500 is expected to come with a more upmarket look and better quality, with the use of soft touch materials similar to the ones seen on the Marazzo. It is likely that the features list will be longer than the current version’s. We expect Mahindra to continue to offer the new model with three rows, unlike some of XUV500’s competitors like Tata Harrier and MG Hector that are currently available in two-row seating format only.
At present, the XUV500 is priced in the Rs 12.31 lakh - Rs 18.63 lakh range for the diesel version. We expect the new model to be more expensive than the current one.