New Mahindra XUV 500 Triggers SUV War; Can It Beat Hyundai Creta, Seltos (USPs, Launch Date)

Launch will take place in 2024 or later since it is being developed from scratch by Mahindra’s design studio.

Mahindra is planning to pull the current XUV500 from the domestic market to relaunch it in 2024 or later. 

The updated version will be a more premium offering with bigger proportions, a modernised exterior and an interior which is upscaled with advanced features. 

Development

The XUV500 dates back to 2011 when it made its debut in the mid-size SUV segment. 

In its initial developmental phase, it was internally known as project S301 which was to be based on Ford’s B772 platform. 

However, as the joint venture between Mahindra and Ford broke up, the project had to be scrapped. 

Hence, launch will take place in 2024 or later since it is being developed from scratch and designed by the Mahindra Automotive Design Europe Studio

The revamped version, codenamed V201, will be the second generation of the model. 

Exteriors, Interiors, Dimensions, Powertrain

In terms of dimensions, it will be around 4.2m in length. 

Exterior features include LED tail lamps, sleek headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights and fog lamps along with 17-inch alloy wheels.

Other features that can be expected include a multi-slated front grille, muscular body panels, hood, etc.

In the interiors, one can expect a spacious cabin with leather seating and upholstery, plenty of leg and knee room, height-adjustable headrests and electrically-adjustable driver seat. 

It will be running a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under the hood, mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.

Interior Features 

The features include-

  • Dual-zone AC
  • 7 airbags
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Touchscreen infotainment systemc
  • Connected car tech
  • Premium sound system
  • Multi-drive modes
  • Ambient lighting 
  • Steering modes

Price, Competition

The upcoming XUV500 will be competing with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and Nissan Kicks. 

It will be positioned between the XUV300 and XUV700.

It is expected to be priced between Rs.10.5 lakh and Rs.18 lakh. 

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