2021 Mahindra XUV500 is slated to go on sale this year and is in its testing phase currently. This time around, its interior has been snapped without any camouflage
Mahindra is prepared to launch a slew of products in the Indian market this year. The most important of all is the new-gen Mahindra XUV500, as the car is in its final phase of testing. It has been spotted on test in its production-spec avatar numerous times, but completely camouflaged. However, the 2021 XUV500’s was recently spotted by AutoTown, and a set of images of its interior was shared on a social media platform. In the pictures, the dashboard of the upcoming new-gen XUV500 looks much posher than that of the outgoing model’s. Moreover, it gets a single housing for the dual-displays of the instrument console and the infotainment screen, as seen on some Mercedes-Benz cars.
The centre console also sits a bit higher in this test mule of the new-gen XUV500, and it houses a circular knob, which we believe will be used to toggle between different driving modes. The AC vents too look upmarket, and so is the case with the steering wheel. The three-spoke unit features a rectangular boss with buttons for audio and cruise control on its sides.
Sadly, just one cupholder is visible in the centre console. The new-gen XUV500 is expected to come with dual-zone climate control like its younger sibling – XUV300. Also, the option of panoramic sunroof will be offered on the top-spec trim. Talking of the upholstery, this particular test mule is trimmed with beige leather, while the plastics are in darker shades. These colour shades lend the cabin with a dual-tone theme.
For the exterior, the new-gen Mahindra XUV500 will employ a new design which will be more of an evolutionary change. Interestingly, it will come with flush-type retractable door handles as seen on the Range Rover Velar. Powertrains options on the 2021 XUV500 will include the 2.2L mHawk turbocharged diesel engine and a 2.0L mStallion turbo-petrol motor. The latter is likely to push out rated power and torque outputs of 190 PS and 380 Nm, respectively. The transmission options will include a 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT. Once launched, it will rival the likes of Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and upcoming Tata Gravitas and Hyundai Alcazar.