This week Mahindra revealed that it would be showcasing 18 vehicles that will include an electric concept & 3 production-ready EVs at the Auto Expo 2020. Mahindra also put out a teaser showing some vehicles partially, but CarToq.com has acquired the marketing brochure of the Mahindra Expo stall and has published a realistic rendering of the XUV500 Electric.
The rendered XUV500 Electric wears a sleeker design and gets an all-LED lighting solution at the front. Being electric, there are no air vents or grille. In its production form, the new XUV500 will get the usual intakes for its BS6 petrol and diesel engines. The profile, complete with retractable door handles, is similar to that of the current generation but we can expect the wheelbase to increase.
The 2021 Mahindra XUV500 (codename: Mahindra W601) will get a complete overhaul inside. Expect a futuristic dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support and other smart connectivity options.
Mahindra is working on a new 2.0-litre diesel engine for the XUV500 that will be on par with the FCA engine powering the Tata Harrier, Tata Gravitas, Jeep Compass and the MG Hector. The BS6 compliant motor is expected to have a maximum power of 170 PS, 15 more than the current 2.2-litre unit. Like always, Mahindra will also load its next generation SUV with class-leading features. A turbocharged petrol unit is also expected to be offered along with a six-speed manual and automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive will also be on offer in the top spec W10 trim. An electric version of the XUV500 is not out of question, but is not expected in the short term.
While Mahindra may not be showcasing the production version at the expo, the company is expected to launch the new-gen XUV500 by the end of the next fiscal. The new platform it rides on will enable it to be longer and wider than the current car. This same platform will support a new Ford SUV under the Mahindra-Ford JV.
Also watch out for the Mahindra Funster EV at the Auto Expo 2020.