Mahindra has been considering launching an MPV in its range of vehicles in India. The camouflaged version of the MPV touted to be named as TUV500 has been spotted in Chennai.
A lot of talks that Mahindra has applied for the trademark of TUV500 and this test mule could be it. With the success of the Toyota Innova and the recently launched new generation, Innova Crysta has prompted the SUV manufacturer to test the MPV.
From the spy images, the MPV under wraps shows that the TUV500 bonnet is curvier like the XUV500, comes with vertically slatted grille and a sloping windshield. This could be a replacement for the Mahindra Xylo.
The third row can be identified with the extended cabin beyond the c-pillar and might be spacious as the XUV500 which will seat the third row.
Mahindra might power the TUV500 MPV with the 2.2-litre diesel engine which churns out 140bhp and 330Nm of torque, which will be mated to 6-speed manual and a choice of 6-speed automatic gearbox.
To counter the diesel ban, Mahindra could offer the 1.99-litre diesel engine which produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque. The new TUV500 could be a 9-seater and would look to position it below the Toyota Innova Crysta's pricing and target the taxi segment.
Glimpses suggest that this is the TUV500 MPV, however, Mahindra could spring a surprise with a different name, however, this is indeed a people carrier with the MPV characteristics.