Yeah, you read it right, XUV 500 next-gen is going to launch in 2021. It might be disappointing for many of us, but we have wait for somewhat longer than we expected. The launch is now scheduled in the first quarter of 2021. Now we have a clear idea about the launch, so the below blog will be explaining the details of the Mahindra XUV 500 – 2021 and should we wait for the launch.
The 2021 XUV 500 will be based on the SsangYong Korando that was showcased at the latest Geneva Motor show. It was spotted many times testing and the images of the test model revealed many of the design elements. The SsangYong Korando is a 5-seater whereas XUV 500 is a 7-seater, so it is evident that a lot of tweaks will be done on the chassis.
It is clearly seen in some of the spy shots that the XUV 500 – 2021 will have the window area for the third row. The upcoming model will not get the signature cheetah claw door handles, instead will be equipped with the flush-fitted door handles. The front will have a more upright nose and a wider grille. The upcoming model will be somewhat wider than the current model.
From the rear, the SUV will get the LED taillamp unit which will be somewhat similar to the Korando. It will have dual-port exhaust similar to the Korando. The alloy wheels are expected to have different styling that matches the Indian perspective.
The interior of the SUV will resemble the SsangYong sibling. It will get a fully digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, touch screen infotainment system, leather upholstery, and much more competitive features. The steering wheel is expected to be a flatbottom type. Other interior elements will be much or less similar to the Korando.
The safety features will include 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP. Korando has scored 5-star rating at the ANCAP, so we can expect a similar level of safety for the Mahindra XUV 500 – 2021. The driver assisted features will include turn by turn navigation with voice command, key-less entry, cruise mode and much more.
The upcoming Mahindra XUV 500 2021 will have a more powerful version of the current 2.2-litre engine. The engine will be a four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit producing around 180 bhp of max power and will be a BS6 compliant unit. The engine will be mated with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The same engine will also be powering the upcoming Mahindra Thar and Scorpio and also the XUV 500 based Ford SUV. However, the engine will be tuned differently for the respective vehicles. Specifically, Thar and Scorpio will have 140 bhp/320 Nm tuned version.
Pricing will be similar to the ongoing XUV 500. For reference, the current pricing of XUV 500 starts at Rs 12.37 lakhs(ex-showroom) and goes up to 19.78 lakhs(ex-showroom) for the W11(O) top trim. Considering the features and design, it would be nicer to wait for the upcoming XUV 500. It will be competing against the Tata Gravitas, MG Hector Plus and upcoming Kia Seltos 7-seater.