Mahindra has completely redesigned the interiors of the XUV500 with Kia Seltos-like design layout and it feels much more premium than before.
Just some time ago, we reported you with the first images of the interiors of the 2020 Mahindra XUV500. Now, some newer shots of the interiors have surfaced on the internet, thanks to a video uploaded on YouTube, and it offers us a clearer picture of the interiors of the 2020 XUV500. Just like the previous test mule, the interiors on this test mule is also heavily camouflaged but it does reveal a fair bit as well.
Just Like the exteriors, Mahindra has completely redesigned the interiors of the 2020 XUV500 as well. First up, there’s a new flat bottomed steering wheel, something never seen on a Mahindra before. There’s also a new instrument cluster that features a TFT screen and analogue gauges on either side. The center portion of the dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment system (probably a 10-inch unit) that comes integrated with the instrument cluster like we see in the Kia Seltos. Further down the dashboard, there are rather simple looking AC vents and a stack of controls for the HVAC and other features below it. The XUV500 will come with a seven-seat cabin and there are talks of a key focus being on more cabin room, especially in the second and third row.
As for the exterior design, there’s significant change on that front as well. The new XUV500 gets a slightly more upright nose and a wide Mahindra family grille. It is expected to get Mahindra’s signature vertically-placed daytime running lamps that first made their debut on the XUV300. The test mule was however running makeshift headlight units. The front fender has also been completely redesigned and the the XUV500 continues to sport a typical crossover-ish design.
The window line looks pretty similar to the current model but now there’s a pronounced kink on the rear door that is reminiscent of the detailing seen on the XUV300, the larger Alturas G4 and some SsangYong SUVs. The new XUV500 also loses its ‘cheetah claw’ like door handles which were a unique design element of the XUV500. The second-gen XUV500 will feature flush-fitting door handles instead, which will still be unique its price band.
There are talks that the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 will be powered by 2.0L petrol and diesel engines and the current 2.2L engines will be dropped. A 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox with the option of all-wheel-drive can be expected for the new XUV500. We believe the test mule spied here was the automatic variant. Furthermore, an emission testing equipment was also hooked up to the SUV. The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will rival the likes of the next-gen Creta, the Tata Gravitas, the Kia Seltos and the MG Hector in terms of pricing.