- Likely to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo
- Will be based on an all-new platform
- New XUV500 is expected to go on sale in India by late 2020
The second-generation Mahindra XUV500 was spied road testing in India recently. The latest round of spy shots reveal much more details of the mid-size SUV than we know already. For one, it is likely to feature clean styling in profile, and the Cheetah will finally be de-clawed with the Velar-like flush-fitting door handles.
What's more, the new Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be longer and wider than its predecessor and will be underpinned by a new platform, which will also spawn a Ford mid-size SUV. The next-gen XUV500 is likely to feature a two-stage headlamps design and wraparound tail lamps. Knowing that Mahindra cars are feature-loaded, we expect the new XUV500 to get full-LED head and taillights.
It will continue with the signature haunch below the C-pillar. However, it won't be as pronounced as the outgoing model. We can also expect the next-generation Mahindra XUV500 to feature completely revamped interiors with better quality materials and good fit and finish. The new XUV500 is likely to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, at least in concept form, while launch may take place towards the end of next year.
Powering the all-new Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be a newly developed BS-VI compliant 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that is likely to churn out 180bhp. A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor is also likely to be on cards. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual gearbox and a torque converter automatic. The new XUV500 will continue to be offered with an optional AWD drive-train. The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will compete against the Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and the Jeep Compass.