It’s been almost a decade since Mahindra XUV500 is around, eight years to be specific as it was launched back in 2011. Although, it received a couple of facelifts, one in 2015 while another in 2018, it is about time for Mahindra to introduce the next-gen model of the mid-size SUV.
Last year, the Indian automaker gave us clues of it being launched by 2020 and that will be co-developed with SsangYong. Mahindra is currently working with SsangYong to develop the new XUV300 and Alturas G4 that will be based on SsangYong Tivoli and Rexton respectively. This makes even more pronounced about Mahindra and SsangYong working on introducing the new XUV500 as well which is expected to be on similar lines as the SsangYong Korando.
Here are the top five things you should know about the next-gen Mahindra XUV500.
The new SsangYong Korando is based on the company’s latest e-SIV concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. With future propositions linked to Korando and XUV500, it is expected that Mahindra won’t alter a bit from the Korando’s design for its mid-size SUV. Heavy side haunches are expected on the production-ready model though that can be seen on the concept as well as the Tivoli and XUV300.
The outgoing version of Mahindra XUV500 is already loaded with features and we expect the same to continue. Over its current list of features that includes a 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto, a sunroof, power adjustable driver seat, and tan-leather upholstery, it is expected to feature up to 9 airbags, a 360-degree camera and a bigger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The next-gen XUV500 is expected to get the Korando’s new 2.0-litre diesel BSVI compliant engine under the bonnet, mated to an automatic gearbox. The outgoing Korando houses 2.2-litre engine which is said to be replaced by the aforementioned smaller displacement engine.
As far as petrol is concerned, the Mahinda XUV500 would be benefitted from the new 1.5-litre turbocharged power mill that is co-developed by Mahindra and SsangYong and would power the new Marazzo as well.
Like its sibling XUV300, the XUV500 is also expected to get electrified powertrain options. A fully-electric option can be on the cards. Back in 2012, the company showcased an electric version of the current Korando, dubbed as the Korando E Concept, which leaves us with clues to relate to, isn’t it?
Price and competition
Currently, the Mahindra XUV500 retails in the price bracket of Rs 12.72 to Rs 18.28 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) and we expect the next-gen to be priced likewise. However, we expect the entry-level prices to go up considering the inclusion of BSVI compliant engines. In the Indian market, the mid-size SUV will compete against the likes of the Jeep Compass, the Tata Harrier, the Hyundai Tucson, and the MG Hector.
The all-new Mahindra XUV500 is likely to be introduced in 2020, whereas the fourth-gen Korando is all set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2019 in March. The SsangYong Korando is likely to go on sale in Europe and other parts of the world by the end of this year.