Upcoming BSVI-compliant Mahindra XUV500 and Mahindra Bolero have been spied testing. The vehicles were followed by a Mahindra Scorpio test vehicle without camouflage.
With April 2020 approaching quickly, car makers in India are readying their BSVI-compliant cars for launch. Mahindra has taken this opportunity to also bring the facelifted version or next-generation models of its cars. Mahindra has been testing its next-generation Scorpio and XUV500 aggressively, along with the facelifted models of TUV300 and Bolero. Arjun Murli, an avid IndianAuto reader, spied a convoy of Mahindra test vehicles in Tamil Nadu. The convoy consisted of a Bolero, an XUV500, and a Scorpio. Although the company has not made any official statements on what their launch strategy is for their upcoming SUVs in India, we can guess based on the state of these vehicles.
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The XUV500, which is heavily camouflaged, has been spotted multiple times before this. The vehicle is supposed to have a generation change next year, and the next-gen model will probably be a significantly different from the current one. We expect major changes to the exterior, hence the camouflage, while the interiors will only be marginally different. The BS6 might be the same with modifications, or it could be replaced by a new 2.0-litre engine. There is also a new petrol engine under development by Mahindra, which would feature in this car.
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The Scorpio, on the opposite hand, sports no camouflage. This could mean one of two thing; Either the vehicle was an old test vehicle being used to only accompany the new test vehicles, or the company is planning to introduce the BS6 engine in the Scorpio early next year, and then launch the next-gen model later in 2020. It will also sport the same engines as the XUV500, both petrol and diesel, but will be tuned to produce less power.
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The Bolero sports light camouflage on its front-end. The car, however, is not expected to bring any major changes to the styling. The headlamp design could be a little different, and the position of the front-fenders is very close to the front. Thus there is very little front overhang, which lends a more rugged stance to the car while also improving its approach angle (for off-roading). The Bolero facelift would be powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine, and maybe a larger engine from the Scorpio would be added to the line-up later.