2020 Mahindra Thar has been spotted testing on Indian roads prior to its launch at the end of next year.
The XUV500 came to the Indian auto market as a revolutionary model which was ahead of its time, thanks to its monocoque body. It has experienced numerous updates, none of which are significant. This time, the home-grown automaker is going to give the new SUV a brand-new architecture. Earlier this year, Mahindra was reported to be in the development process of the new-gen XUV500. Now, the SUV has entered its testing phase and has been spotted testing on Indian roads for the first time.
Looking at the video below, we can see that the Mahindra XUV500, which is internally codenamed W601 wears careful camouflage; however, the test mule does reveal some important information on the new SUV.
Mahindra Test Car Spotted! | Is it the 2020 XUV 500?
Based on an all-new platform, the new XUV300 is expected to have a new styling which is rather different in comparison with the current model. The headlights and tail lights let us know that the XUV500 is actually in the beginning phases of testing since they are not ready for production. The six-slated horizontal front grille can be easily noticed. The vehicle will also come with a new aggressive bumper. The video shows that the window line and overall silhouette have been remain unchanged. The rear is also expected to get a totally newly-designed package.
The new Mahindra XUV500 is going to enter its second generation with a wide range of alterations this time.
The Mahindra XUV500 is likely to get an increase in dimensions, which will translate into a more amber cabin with a larger third seat row. Particularly, the new SUV is likely to be equipped with a connected infotainment system which allows the vehicle to be connected to the Internet and the owner to check its real-time location and status.
The Mahindra XUV500 will be the result of the expertise from the company’s North American Technical Centre in Troy, Michigan, US, the well-known Italian design house Pininfarina and its local centres. The new XUV500 will also serve as the donor vehicle for a Ford C-segment SUV. The XUV is expected to be offered in numerous seating configurations. To expand its lineup in India and to increase its competitiveness in the teeming medium-size SUV segment which includes some of its formidable competitors such as the MG Hector and the Kia Seltos.
The new XUV500 will be the result of the cooperation from multiple companies.
As regards the powertrain, the vehicle will be powered by a new BSVI-compliant 2.0-litre oil burner which will serve as the substitute for the bigger 2.2-litre diesel motor on the current model. The new engine is anticipated to generate 185 HP. The transmission duties will be undertaken by a 6-speed MT or an AT unit. There will be also an AWD option in the top variant.