Mahindra has been working on the second-gen XUV500 from a long time and the SUV has been spied testing several times. While the earlier test mules looked crude and nascent, the latest version appears to be closer to production.
Upfront, it gets a new set of upswept headlamps flanking the new grille which features fang-shaped embellishments. The new XUV500’s headlamps look quite similar to those of the Mahindra XUV300 in terms of design. The front bumper is also expected to have a similar design with a central air dam flanked by the fog lamps.
The latest spy shots do not reveal much about the side and rear profile of the new XUV500 but thanks to some previous spy shots we have a fair idea about them. It looks clean from the side and features flush-fitting door handles. At the rear, it gets what seem like wrap-around LED tail lights.
Details of the interior are scarce but from the previous spy shots, we can say, it gets a flat-bottom steering and a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment system.
Under the hood, the new XUV500 is expected to get both petrol and diesel engine options. It is likely to share its engine with the recently launched Thar, however, in the XUV500 the engines are expected to be offered in a higher state of tune. The Thar is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
The XUV500 was never an underequipped offering and the new SUV is expected to be no different. Expect it to get features like dual-zone AC, auto LED headlamps, cruise control, auto-dimming IRVM, panoramic sunroof, multiple airbags, front and rear parking sensors, traction control, electronic stability program and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.