The Next-gen XUV500 testing has been going on for several months now and finally, the official launch date is announced. The next-gen XUV500 will be launched in the first quarter of 2021 as announced by Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra.
In the front end, it features a sleek pair of LED headlamps resembling the Funster concept. The slimmer and attractive grille is mounted instead of the larger grille in regular XUV500, to enhance the aesthetics. It will come with Mahindra's signature vertically placed Day running lamp (DRL). However, you can expect LED headlights and DRL's in the top-spec variant. There are no significant changes in the rear end though. It'll still feature the wing-shaped wrap around taillights and extended roof spoiler.
Going through the side profile, there isn't any noticeable change except for some minor styling tweaks. More upmarket wing mirror and different door handle flush-fitting door handle instead of XUV500 distinctive “Cheetah claw". Such features not only enhance the aesthetics but also improve vehicle aerodynamics. Even the 18-inch machine-cut alloy wheels are new and look more premium than ever.
Unfortunately, we couldn't get a glimpse of the interior so we're not clear of the interior updates. But we do know that the dashboard is exactly the same as in the Funster concept. According to sources, it can also get a flat-bottom steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, flat panels for the door and dual-zone climate control. If you're ready to throw some extra bucks, you can get a fully digital instrument cluster in top-spec variants and a second larger screen for infotainment purposes that are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interior layout is quite similar to the Kia Seltos. Just like current-gen XUV500, the next-gen is expected to come with the 3-row layout.
As far as the power train is concerned, the next-gen XUV500 is expected to be offered in two engine options- BS6-Compliant 2.2L diesel engine churning out 180PS power and another BS6-Compliant petrol engine producing 190PS power. The petrol engine feature a direct fuel injection option or turbocharged option. It's available in 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission option as on the ongoing model. Just like the current XUV500, the next-gen XUV500 may be offered in the AWD option as well.
The current-gen XUV500 is being sold at a starting price of Rs. 12.3 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi). The color options for the next-gen XUV500 is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for further updates.