The next-generation Mahindra XUV 500 can take its inspiration from the 2019 SsangYong Korando SUV, the details of which have been recently revealed.
The launch of the next-generation Mahindra XUV 500 is in pipeline. Expect the same to make its debut in India sometime during the first quarter of 2020. Details regarding the same are quite scarce at the moment. However, the word on the street is that this new iteration of Mahindra’s premium compact SUV is currently under development and is going to launch with a completely new identity and credentials.
The new Mahindra XUV 500 will be developed on an all-new platform. This platform will be used by Ford, under a partnership with the homegrown automaker for its own premium compact SUV for India. It will continue to be a monocoque chassis based vehicle. Various media reports suggest that the 2020 Mahindra XUV 500 is going to come with a new 2.0-litre diesel engine capable of churning out 180 BHP of power.
Mahindra owned SsangYong has recently revealed a few images and details regarding its all-new Korando SUV. This SUV will go on sale in the South Korean markets and eventually to some European countries as well. Mahindra has just introduced the Alturas in India, which is essentially a rebadged iteration of the SsangYong Rexton. And more recently it has also launched the XUV 300, which is the re-engineered iteration of the SsangYong Tivoli.
As a result of this, it becomes quite obvious to speculate that the 2019 SsangYong Korando could come to India, re-engineered as the next-generation Mahindra XUV 500. The use of the Korando platform is going to help Mahindra in increasing the overall dimensions of the next-gen Mahindra XUV 500. If Mahindra carries forwards the interiors of the Korando to the new XUV 500, then the same is going to be quite premium in comparison to the current model and also right up there with the competition.
Talking about competition, when launched, the next-generation Mahindra XUV 500 is going to face competition from the likes of next-gen Hyundai Creta, the KIA SP2i SUV, Tata Harrier and the soon to be launched, MG Hector.