Mahindra has laid out its future plans in terms of vehicles that the country will get to see in the coming times. The brand is bringing out cars in new segments. This year, the brand will be introducing its new, premium 7-seater, the XUV700 in the country. The brand with the launch of the vehicle will take on cars like the Hyundai Alcazar, the Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus. However, Mahindra will discontinue its current XUV500. The brand has decided to update the XUV500 in order to take on cars like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the others in the C-SUV segment. We believe that the new-gen Mahindra XUV500 would be based on the XUV300 and this is exactly what we will explore in this article.
Platform & Dimensions
The Mahindra XUV300 is currently based on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s platform. Mahindra XUV300 is a compact SUV whereas the Tivoli falls in a segment above the XUV300. This shows that Mahindra had to shrink the platform of a C-segment SUV in order to make it a perfect fit for the XUV300. However, with the new XUV500 expected to directly fall in the C-SUV segment, we believe Mahindra would use the Tivoli platform again, but without any major amendments this time. The new-gen Mahindra XUV500 would thus fall in line with the dimensions of its new competitors. The length of the new-gen XUV500 is expected to be somewhere between 4200mm and 4300mm. The width of the car is expected to be somewhere between 1700mm to 1800mm with height expected to be around 1600mm. We expect Mahindra to keep the wheelbase of the new-gen Mahindra XUV500 in the vicinity of 2600mm.
The Mahindra XUV300 comes powered by a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre unit makes 109bhp & 200Nm of torque whereas the 1.5-litre diesel engine makes 115bhp & 300Nm of torque. We expect the brand to extend the same set of engine options to the XUV500. With that being said, Mahindra is expected to re-tune the engines to produce more power in order to give a tough fight to cars that will fall in its segment. Both engines are expected to come mated to manual as well as automatic gearboxes.
New-gen Mahindra XUV500 is mostly expected to borrow a lot of features from the XUV300. Features like dual-zone climate control, 7 airbags and steering modes can be directly borrowed from the compact SUV. Other than this, features like a panoramic sunroof, a big touchscreen infotainment system, premium sound system, multi-drive modes, connected car tech and ambient lighting could be some of the key features that Mahindra might decide to offer.
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