Second-gen Mahindra XUV500 has been under development for a long time. While we have already seen its exterior in the near-production form, latest spy shots reveal the interior of the upcoming SUV.
The new XUV500 gets a dual-screen setup like we have seen in modern Mercedes-Benz cars. In such a setup, usually one screen is used for the instrument cluster and the other for infotainment. The size of both the screens remains unknown in the upcoming XUV500, but the images suggest that these could be bigger than 10 inches. Moreover, the infotainment screen looks bigger than the driver’s display. Other features that are expected to make way to the next-gen XUV500 include dual-zone climate control, wireless mobile charging, a panoramic sunroof, auto dimming IRVM, cruise control and Apple CarPlay and Android support with connected tech features.
Safety features on offer should include mutiple airbags (upto 8), ABD with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, 360 degree parking camera, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control, hill launch assist and hill descent control.
Under the hood, the new XUV500 is likely to share its engines with the recently launched Thar, but possibly in a more powerful tune. On the Thar, the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine 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. While the Thar gets 4WD as standard, the new XUV500 is likely to get it in the higher variants only.
The second-gen XUV500 is expected to go on sale by early 2021. Prices are expected to fall between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh. Once launched, it will take on the likes of the MG Hector and Tata Harrier.