Mahindra XUV 500: The 2011-2021 Evolution


Most manufacturers launch(Mahindra XUV 500) automobiles based on design philosophy. The automobiles are branded in a way that will create hype way before the launch. The automobile’s tagline and styling complement its sale in a great way. However, with time this design evolves. Car models will evolve and get toned with drastic and smooth facelifts. 

In 2011, Mahindra XUV500 was launched bearing a design philosophy synonymous to a Cheetah. This philosophy was also supported by the car’s whisker like elements. A documentary was released to introduce the unique advanced features of the SUV. The Cheetah ideology became a part of the car’s tagline. Even though there were some electrical issues initially, the unique features made it a favourite among many.

After 4 years, a slight facelift was planned for Mahindra XUV500. In 2015, the company reduced aggressive design styling. They remodelled the front and eliminated the honeycomb trim. Also, newer features like a sunroof and push button based start became a part of the new remodelling. With a new enhanced tagline different from the earlier one, Mahindra XUV500 rolled out with enhanced exteriors enriched with advanced interiors. However, the car lacked daytime running lamps but the headlamp had a LED curve.

Three more years passed and Mahindra planned a major facelift for XUV 500 in 2018. This one added more glamorous and mature features to the car. The tagline was modified to “The Plush XUV500”. DRLs were included in the remodelling this time. 

Mahindra XUV 500 2011-2015

The first model of Mahindra XUV 500 was launched with a 2179 cc single Diesel engine. Based on the variant and the fuel used, it provides a mileage of around 15.2 kmpl. It was a seven seater SUV with a 2700 mm wheelbase. As mentioned earlier, the design was aggressive keeping in mind its Cheetah inspired tagline. 

The interiors had a technologically advanced infotainment console and a wood trim. The car had an ABS braking system and disc brakes for wheels at the front and rear.. Also, the car had an excellent safety system that included the BA, ABS, EBD, central locking system, keyless entry and airbags. The car displayed sporty exteriors but had loud engine noise and vibrations. Even though the design looked aggressive, the rich features of the car garnered attention.

Mahindra XUV 500 2015-2018

In 2015, Mahindra launched a renovated interior and exterior design of XUV500. The interior colour schemes were changed from black and brown to black and beige. The wooden trim was replaced with a plastic one. The driver seat could be fine tuned in six ways to gain a comfortable driving experience. A 7 inch touch screen infotainment unit was perfect and did not let the lighting ruin its screen view. 

Additionally features like MapMyIndia proved helpful for drivers. Even if the car tried to achieve an ideal rpm, some internal panels still made a rattling sound. However, this sound was better than the vibrations and noise from the initial XUV500. Another interesting feature was the Car Information integrated into the infotainment unit. It would display the tire pressure, car fuel consumption and vehicle warnings and alerts.

Mahindra XUV 500 2018-2021

Mahindra remodelled and launched the latest XUV500 in 2018. This facelift came with major interior and exterior renovations. A new triangle shaped wrap around the taillamps changed the entire rear look of the car. An all black dashboard with leather material for soft touch at the top. All these aesthetic changes made the XUV500 look more stylish and sleek. The 2018 XUV500 had no Noise Vibration and Harshness that was a major issue in its earlier facelifts. The engine was more powerful and offered 360Nm and 155bhp. The car was successful in delivering more mileage with increased power.

The 2021 Mahindra XUV 500 spotted in India

The next gen spy photos of the 2021 Mahindra XUV500  have been speculated by many automobile experts for some time now. 

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A stylish Exterior

The new exterior design for the XUV 500 will have major variations from the earlier version. Along with the makeshift lighting, the exteriors will be modified for a more mature look. The surfaces are simpler and wider than the earlier versions. The body panels are flatter throughout the SUV. The rear looks less bulbous and has more prominent lines. The cheetah grille is seen again which looks more upright this time.

 A dual tone interior

A flat bottom steering wheel can be visible in the spy photo along with an electronic parking brake system. There is a dial on the centre console with the Home, Favourites and Call button. The Dial can be the infotainment centre’s controller or a driving mode selector. The pictures also show a central armrest, a beige/black colour theme, AC vents with chrome linings and also a dual screen setup that looks like a single screen. The infotainment system might be inspired by the Mercedes Benz display. 

The pictures further reveal an ADAS system which is radar based.We can expect a driver assistance system to detect drowsiness, lane assistance, detecting blindspots and adaptive cruise control.The front seats will be ventilated and the New XUV 500 will have powered tailgates. There are also provisions for a camera in the system. However, further details of the ADAS system are not quite clear yet.

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Remodelled Engine

The 2021 XUV500 will have diesel and petrol engines.The petrol powertrain is being made available for the first time. The petrol engine will be similar to the one in recent Mahindra Thar with 2 litres mStallion unit that will produce 190hp.The Stallion engine will have direct injections technology and turbochargers. On the other hand, the mHawk diesel engine will be 2.2 litres and will produce around 185hp. Both the engines will include a gearbox with a 6 speed automatic and manual torque converter

DieselTurbo petrol
Engine2.2 L four-cylinder turbocharged2.0-litre Stallion turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine 
Power185 HP190 HP
Torque360 NM320 NM
Transmission6 speed automatic and manual torque converter6 speed automatic and manual torque converter

Mahindra XUV 500 2021 price

The Mahindra XUV 2021 is slated for launch in the first quarter of 2021. The earlier launch date was planned in 2020. This delay was caused due to the unexpected Covid 19 global pandemic. The latest 2021 XUV 500 was previewed at the 2020 Auto Expo. The concept presented at the Expo has raised the bar for XUV500. Some major remodeling and design changes are expected in the XUV500 2021. In Spite of innumerable advanced features, the car is expected to be launched at a starting price of 13.1 lakhs for base variant and around 17.54 lakhs for the highest variant.The new XUV 500 Price does not vary greatly from the previous one.

Manual VariantsOld PriceNew PriceDifference
XUV 500 W5Rs. 13.20 lakhsRs. 13.10 lakhsRs. 10,000
XUV 500 W7Rs. 14.50 lakhsRs. 14.40 lakhsRs. 10,000
XUV 500 W9Rs. 16.20 lakhsRs. 16.04 lakhsRs. 16,000
XUV 500 W11 (O)Rs. 17.70 lakhsRs. 17.54 lakhsRs. 16,000

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The new Mahindra XUV 500 2021 will be competing with other rivals that have been launched or are going to be launched around the same time. Some of its main rivals will be Tata Gravitas and MG Gloster. The old competition with Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector and Toyota Innova Crysta will rekindle around this time. Some of the cars like Tata Gravitas are slated for launch in January 2021.The competition is going to be tough with many automobile industries launching their new or remodelled cars in the first quarter of 2021.

The Mahindra XUV500 2021 will be the first Mahindra model to get level 1 autonomous technology. The Advanced Driver Assistance System will be a major highlight.Also, electronically activated brakes for the rear wheels will ease the driver’s task. The wheels will be black alloy and have a sporty look associated with them. The latest XUV 500 2021 promises major design changes and style remodelling.


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