Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

The XUV500 has been around in the Indian market for more than a decade. The company has continuously been updating the XUV500's design and engines over the years. The all-new next-generation XUV500 was snapped testing on the Indian roads earlier this month, post the lockdown ease.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

However, as per the pictures clicked by Rushlane, the second-generation 2021MY XUV500 was spotted testing in Attibele, near Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. As seen in the pictures, the SUV is covered under heavy wraps, but from its overall dimensions and silhouette, the vehicle can be recognised easily.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

The XUV500, as seen in the spy pics, is running on steel wheels, which tells us that this one could be a lower variant. The second-generation Mahindra XUV500 will come with an all-new monocoque platform and will also be loaded with a host of updates and added features, along with significant changes to its design and styling as well which is not clearly visible through the wraps).

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

As far as the engine is concerned, Mahindra is expected to introduce the new-gen XUV500 with a new 2.0-litre mStallian turbo-petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel unit. Both of them will come with the choice of either manual or automatic transmission units.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

In other recent Mahindra news, the 2020 Mahindra Thar will be available with an optional automatic transmission. Mahindra is expected to launch the new-generation Thar in September 2020. The new-gen SUV was expected to arrive much earlier in the country, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the launch had to be delayed.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

On the inside, the new Thar will feature a fresh design that will also include a new floating touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a semi-digital new instrument cluster that features two analogue dials placed on either side of MID, an automatic climate control system, a new steering wheel design with mounted controls, forward-facing rear-seats, a folding key fob and many more.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

Mechanically, we expect the new Thar to be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel unit and a new 2.0-litre ‘TGDi mStallion' turbo-petrol engine that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. Both engines are expected to come mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a low-ratio gearbox as standard.

Next-Generation Mahindra XUV500 Spotted Testing Again

Thoughts About The 2021 Mahindra XUV500

The previous generation Mahindra XUV500 has been one of the favourite SUVs in the Indian market. The second-generation Mahindra XUV500 will bring with it a host of features and modern technology. Once launched it will rival the Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector Plus and Tata Gravitas.

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Article Published On: Thursday, June 25, 2020, 16:09 [IST]
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