One of the most popular SUVs by Mahindra, the XUV500 is due for an update. The manufacturer is working on the second generation of the SUV to be launched in the Indian market. According to the latest reports, the updated XUV500 will be launched in the country by 2020. The reports also suggest that the new XUV500 SUV with codename W601 will also sport a brand new engine when it arrives in 2020 in the Indian market.
According to the reports, the next- gen Mahindra XUV500 will come based on an all- new monocoque chassis. Though the existing model also features the monocoque chassis, but it doesn’t cope with the demands put up by new safety norms more easily as Mahindra aims to build safer than before cars for India. The upcoming safety and emission regulations have made the company opt for a practically all-new product instead of bringing extensive improvements to the existing model. Also, the next generation model would be noticeably larger than its predecessor with considerably roomier third row of seats.
In terms of designing and styling, the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 is expected to adopt a fresh design theme. Mahindra's North American Technical Centre, located in Michigan, USA and the Italian design house Pininfarina will help the automaker to develop this XUV500. While the current SUV’s styling is generally well liked and sporty, it could do with some sophistication and elegance, and that is where the Italian design firm could make a difference.
In terms of features, the current gen Mahindra XUV500 offers six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, rollover mitigation, hill launch assist and hill descent control. Other features on offer include 18- inch alloy wheels, electric sunroof, front and rear fog lamps, automatic projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), rain- sensing wipers, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs), day / night inside rearview mirror (IRVM), 8- way electrically- adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering, a 7- inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, connected apps and eco sense, a tyre pressure monitoring system, push- button start, cruise control and reverse parking camera with sensors. Currently, there is no information about what will be the additional or updated features to be offered on the new Mahindra XUV500.
As mentioned above, the powertrain options for the upcoming XUV500 will include a new engine as well. According to the reports, the next- gen Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be powered by a new 2.0- litre turbo- diesel engine. This engine will be compliant with upcoming BSVI emission norms and is likely to produce around 180 bhp of power, which is around 25 bhp more than the current XUV500's 2.2- litre diesel engine. Currently, the existing diesel engine is available with either with a 6- speed MT or 6- speed AT and the SUV is available in both 2WD and 4WD options.
The existing XUV500 is available in six variants: W5, W7, W9, W11, W11 (O) and a petrol- powered G, with prices starting from Rs 12.39 lakh to Rs 19.05 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi). The XUV500 takes against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia SP SUV, MG Motor's SUV, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier 7- seater model and Mahindra XUV400 7- seater SUV. Currently, Mahindra is working on the launch of the sub- 4 meter SUV – Mahindra XUV300. Expected to be launched on 15th February 2019, the SUV will be responsible for the debut of brand’s all- new 1.2- litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is co- developed by Mahindra and SsangYong. The diesel version will get the new 1.5- litre turbo engine that produces 123 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. When launched, the XUV300 will challenge the likes of Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Stay tuend to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 and the next- gen XUV500 in the Indian market.