The interiors of the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 has been completely redesigned from grounds up and it seems much more premium than before. Take a look here.
Mahindra has been working on the XUV500 for quite some time now. It is slated for a market launch sometime in 2020 and while its still some time away, Mahindra has been spied testing the XUV500 on our roads on a couple of occassions. Now, some fresh spy shots have emerged on the internet which gives us a first glimpse of the interiors of the next-gen Mahindra XUV500.
Just Like the exteriors, Mahindra has completely redesigned the interiors of the XUV500 as well. Although the entire dashboard was covered in camouflage, there are still some design bits that can be deciphered. 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 will most-likely feature a TFT panel with digital gauges (at least for the higher variants).
The center portion of the dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment system (probably a 9-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.
From earlier spy shots seen of the next-gen XUV500, we can say that the design of this new SUV is an evolution of the current design. The new XUV500 gets a slightly more upright nose, a wide Mahindra family grille and slightly smaller headlamps than before. It will also get Mahindra’s signature vertically-placed daytime running lamps that first made their debut on the XUV300. 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.
The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 will be powered by the same 2.2 liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It will however produce more power than before at 180 bhp and will also be BS-6 compliant. The engine will feature a DPF (diesel particulate filter) and a SCR (selective catalytic reduction), which will help it comply with the stringent BS6 norms. Gearbox choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic – just like the outgoing model.
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. The Skoda Kamiq and the Volkswagen T-Cross will also join the fleet in the near future. Additionally, there is a Ford’s version of the XUV500 which is set to arrive as well – it will share most of its underpinnings, interior bits with the Mahindra, but will come with a unique exterior design and sportier driving dynamics.