While the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 was conspicuous by its absence at the Auto Expo 2020, the Funster concept did drop a hint or two about the aesthetics of the new model
The 2020 Mahindra XUV500 (codename- W601) didn’t make it to the recently concluded Auto Expo but what we did have on display was Funster, a rather outlandish open-top electric sportscar concept that defined the design approach for the next generation SUV. Of course, the production-spec SUV won’t look close to the show car but based on some of the design highlights, a digital rendering has visualized the new model.
As you can see, in spite of being an all-new model, the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 would have a familiar look that would help you immediately form a connection with the current iteration of the popular SUV. However, the front-end definitely seems to pay homage to the Funster, as it gets a similar pair of headlights. Also, the large 7-slat grille has made way for a sleeker unit similar to that on the XUV300.
In the side profile, the next-gen XUV can be seen having a familiar look with a similar DLO and some muscular surface treatment. However, a closer inspection of the rendering reveals the neatly integrated roof rails, sleeker wing mirrors and more sophisticated door handles. Even the alloy wheels look more stylish than before.
Spy images have earlier revealed that the interior will feature a thoroughly updated dashboard whose highlight will be a large floating-type infotainment touchscreen. Below the touch-sensitive unit, horizontal air-con vents will be positioned, while the steering wheel will be a sporty flat-bottom unit. The instrument cluster will have a dual-pod layout with a large MID positioned in between.
The equipment list of the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 could include dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats with memory function for electric adjustments, wireless smartphone charging station and more. The new model will be underpinned by a more modern platform that will even form the base of the India-spec Ford C-SUV planned for next year. The next-gen XUV will get its juice from an all-new 180 PS 2.0-litre diesel engine. More details are yet to be revealed but you can safely stay tuned to IndianAuto.com for fresh updates.