A mysterious Mahindra SUV wrapped in heavy camouflage was spotted recently being tested on road leaving a hint that Mahindra is actually planning to add another SUV to their vehicle lineup.
The new SUV which was recently spotted had lot of similarities with the already existing TUV300. However the SUV which was spotted wrapped in heavy camouflage appeared like it was longer than the existing compact SUV, This actually means that perhaps this upcoming SUV is based on a long wheelbase platform and thus expect this upcoming SUV to get three row seating like some of the bigger SUV’s of the Mahindra lineup.
This SUV was spotted for the first time which means that Mahindra has already started testing the SUV on road and thus all of you can expect this SUV to hit the Indian road sometimes next year. So without any further due below provided are all the details of this new upcoming SUV from Mahindra.
Click past jump to learn more about the 2018 Mahindra TUV500
As you all can clearly notice in this spyshot that the SUV looks identical to Mahindra’s already existing TUV300 compact SUV from the exterior however the major change is noticeable towards the rear. Towards the rear the test mule seems to get an extended rear overhang. You can also notice a bigger third window at the rear as well which will most probably get a fixed window. At the rear one can also notice the spare wheel towards the rear boot door.
The overall design of this upcoming SUV hasn’t changed much which is clearly visible from the boxy overall design. According to Mahindra the overall design cues of the TUV was inspired from a battle tank. The spyshot also reveals that the SUV gets the same toothed grille with the Mahindra logo on it but you can expect it to get additional chrome accents to make it appear slightly more premium. The headlamp unit too looks almost identical to the TUV300 with integrated turn signals and LED daytime running lamps. The front profile also gets squared fog lamps. Towards the side profile the SUV still gets squared wheel arches as well. The front hood also gets vented hoods as well. Towards the rear you can expect a slightly different taillamps.
Apart from all these minor observations the overall design cues like flat roof, high ground clearance remains the same.
The interior of the new TUV500 could get get slightly more premium touches compared to the TUV300 however we do believe that the interior parts will be shared with the longer wheelbase SUV as well. The dashboard could get a piano black theme as well. The dashboard might also house a new touchscreen infotainment system as well borrowed from the some more premium Mahindra SUV offerings.
The rear third row seating could get a bench seats which can comfortably seat two people. The second row seats can be folded to get an easy access to the third row of seats while the rear boot door can also be opened to gain access to the boot which will be slightly less compared to the existing TUV300 but the rear third row seats can be folded to accommodate the extra .luggage.
The TUV500 could possible share the same 1.5 Litre mHawk 80 diesel unit which produces about 100 Bhp of peak power and at 3, 750 rpm and 240 Nm of torque in between 1,600 to 2,800 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission while there is also an 5 speed autoSHIFT AMT available as an option as well.
If we talk about pricing then expect the upcoming SUV to be priced in between INR. 8-13 Lakh. The Mahindra TUV 500 will most probably be launched in India towards the end of the year 2017 or early 2018.
Honda launched the BR-V in Indian market not so long ago and this Crossover gets three row seating and has the SUV’ish appearance which definitely looks attractive. The BR-V gets a 1.5-litre SOHC 4 cylinder 16 valve i-VTEC engine, mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Unit. Then engine is capable of producing about 117 bhp of peak power while the peak torque output is 146 Nm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand gets 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which is capable of producing 100 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.
This new TUV300 will definitely be priced aggressively than the Mahindra XUV500 and will also be positioned lower than the SUV. The three row seats means that this now can easily accommodate more passengers inside and will be useful for those who are looking to buy a slightly bigger car within budget.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the SUV is launched in the Indian market.
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Source: Autocar India