Mahindra is on a constant rise in the SUV segment. Last month, it recorded SUV sales of 34,262 units, a growth of 166% compared to September 2021. So, what has been the reason behind such growth? It has undoubtedly been the launch of the XUV700 and Scorpio-N. But Mahindra has no plans of slowing down as we will be seeing more SUVs from the brand. Today, the brand launched the more powerful XUV300 TurboSport. Now, Creta sits in a very lucrative segment. As of today, Mahindra does not have a direct rival to the Creta. However, thee have been rumours that the XUV500 nameplate could be brought back as a direct rival to the Creta. But what engine could the new Mahindra XUV500 get? In today’s article, let’s discuss that.
What is this engine?
Mahindra as a brand has always been known for its powerful diesel engines. However, with the upcoming emission norms, Mahindra had to adapt. So at the Auto Expo 2020, it revealed three new petrol TGDi engines that it had developed in-house. Placed in the ‘mStallion’ moniker, the range consisted of 1.2-litre TGDi, 1.5-litre TGDi & 2.0-litre TGDi engines. Mahindra uses the 2.0-litre engine in cars like the XUV700, Thar and Scorpio-N, while the 1.2-litre TGDi engine is used in the XUV300 TurboSport that launched today. So, we are left with the 1.5-litre engine that is currently not used in any car and could be a good option for the Mahindra Creta rival.
Why can’t Mahindra use the 2.0-litre petrol engine that goes with the Thar? To save tax. With the 2.0-litre engine, a 48% tax would be levied, while with the 1.5-litre engine it will be 45%. The 1.5-litre engine is capable of producing 163bhp & 280Nm of torque which will really be ideal for the XUV500, making it one of the most powerful cars in the C-segment. What about the diesel engine? Mahindra could give it a 1.5-litre diesel engine like the XUV300 but with better tuning.
More about the XUV500
It is too early to predict the design, but we can expect an aggressive design language. There are high chances that this SUV could be based on the SsangYong Korando, so a similar design can be expected. This is something that we have seen with the XUV300 as well, as it is based on the SsangYong Tivoli. We can expect it to draw inspiration from the XUV700. What about the interiors and features? We can expect premiumness and a feature-loaded cabin. It could get features like a panoramic sunroof, a fully-digital instrument cluster, ventilated seats, a premium sound system, etc.
New Mahindra XUV500 engine – Launch timeline
Mahindra has hinted that the XUV500 nameplate will be brought back in the future. A fixed timeline has not been given by the brand, but some reports have hinted that the launch can happen sometime in early 2024. What about the pricing? Mahindra is expected to price it quite aggressively to take on the well-established players in this segment.
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