Mahindra has been working on a number of new-gen models which will hit the market in 2020. The second-gen Mahindra XUV500 was recently spotted amid tests, and according to the latest spy video, it is going feature the Range Rover Velar inspired flush-door handles. It is the very same model which was said to be 'XUV400' due to its visibly smaller dimensions.
First launched in September 2011, the Mahindra XUV500 is about to undergo a full model change next year. The spy shots suggest that the design will be drastically different for MY2020. The next-gen model will likely feature LED headlights and LED tail lights as well as flush door handles instead of 'cheetah claw' door handles. What isn't quite clear at the moment is that if these handles will have the same power-operated pop-out function or a lever-type arrangement. But in either case, flush-type handles will add to uniqueness of the overall package.
Other than this, the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 may feature a more upright nose, a wider front grille and vertically placed DRLs similar to those of the Mahindra XUV300. Also, another visible detail is that the rear quarter-glass has been significantly reduced in size, it also appears to be more raked giving it a more attractive stance.
The all-new Mahindra XUV500 will have a monocoque construction like the current-gen model, but it will use a newly built platform. For the uninitiated, it'll be the same platform used by the India-specific Ford C-SUV. Under the hood, it will deploy a newly developed 180 PS 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The all-new Mahindra XUV500 is expected to be launched in India in mid-2020.