The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 interior has been spied sans camouflage, and the new spy pictures provide the clearest look yet at what the next-gen XUV500 will be like on the inside.
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Electronic parking brake to feature
New XUV500 to be launched in 2021
A clearer look at the new Mahindra XUV 500 interior
What the new pictures confirm are some key details of the new Mahindra XUV500’s interior, which is a complete departure from that of the first-gen XUV500. Clearly visible in these pictures is a flat-bottom steering wheel, an electronic parking brake (with auto-hold). Placed on the centre console is a dial which could be a controller for the infotainment system or a drive mode selector, and the dial is flanked by the Home, Call and Favourites buttons.
Also seen in these pictures is a large centre armrest up front, chrome-lined AC vents, a beige-and-black colour scheme and a twin-screen setup – inset into the dash panel – which is designed to look like a single, cohesive unit.
Previous spy pictures of the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 revealed a provision for the camera and radar-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), incorporated into the top of the windshield. While the exact specifics of the ADAS remains unclear at this stage, it’s likely the new Mahindra XUV500 could have assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, frontal-collision warning, lane-departure warning and autonomous emergency braking, to name a few.
New Mahindra XUV 500 engine and gearbox details
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 is expected to have both petrol and diesel engine options at launch. The petrol engine will be the 2.0-litre mStallion unit – which recently debuted on the second-gen Mahindra Thar – albeit in a higher state of tune, developing 190hp. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel, meanwhile, will be upgraded and is expected to put out a substantial 180hp.
Gearbox choices for both engines are expected to include a 6-speed manual (which is visible in the new spy shots) as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic, and an all-wheel-drive system is also likely to be offered with higher-spec variants.
2021 Mahindra XUV500 price announcement expected in 2021
Originally set for a 2020 debut, the new Mahindra XUV500 is now only likely to arrive by March 2021. Competition in the midsize SUV segment has intensified, with the Tata Harrier gaining a more powerful diesel engine and an automatic gearbox earlier this year, the MG Hector continuing to attract buyers, and the launch of the 3-row Tata Gravitas is also on the cards. By adding ADAS and other feel-good features, Mahindra will hope the second-gen XUV500 can lure buyers away from its rivals.
The new XUV500 will also spawn a Ford derivative, which will be designed by Pininfarina. The Ford C-SUV will have an all-new exterior, a new interior and its ride and handling will be true to Ford's DNA.
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