With an aim to further expand its SUV lineup, Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to bring in a long wheelbase version of the TV300 in India. To be named Mahindra TUV500, this new SUV will share its platform, engine and design elements with its donor sibling – TUV300. Measuring under 4-metres, the TUV500 will come with 7-seats layout and offer a more generous cabin space for occupants. The latest spy pictures reveal that its C-pillar glass area will be longer and bigger than the TUV300. This indicates that the additional space will be acquired by the forward-facing third row of seats. Currently, the TUV300 has jump seats in the boot area which will be replaced by front row seats creating decent legroom.
The compact SUV’s long wheelbase version is likely to get smaller boot space. Feature-wise, the TUV500 will be more loaded than its smaller sibling. The SUV might come with foldable second and third row seats, auto climate control, rear AC vents and possibly a touchscreen infotainment system. Power source for the new Mahindra SUV will be the same 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine that does duty in the TUV300. This motor churns out a top power of 100bhp and 240Nm of torque. Mahindra might also introduce the 1.99-litre mHawk and 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engines on the SUV. Transmission options on offer will include a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
In Mahindra’s product lineup, the TUV500 will be positioned alongside the upcoming U321 premium MPV. With rugged styling and efficient powertrain, the new Mahindra SUV will target the entry-level SUV buyers looking for a spacious 7-seater family car.
Mahindra TUV500 Launch Date
Currently, the new Mahindra SUV is in its development and testing phase, which is likely to take around 6 good months. Though the company hasn’t yet confirmed its launch details, the SUV is likely to make its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. The launch might take place early next year. Read About – 2017 Mahindra XUV500 | 2017 Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra TUV500 Price in India
|Base Model||Rs 10 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 17 lakh|
Since the TUV500 will be based on the TUV300, it will help the company trim down the manufacturing cost and achieve competitive pricing. With Honda BR-V in its sight, the TUV500 is estimated to be priced from Rs 10 lakh for the base model and Rs 17 lakh for the high-spec trim (ex-showroom). Photo Gallery – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
Mahindra TUV500 Specifications
|Max Power||100bhp @ 3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 1600rpm – 2800rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & AMT|
As mentioned above, the new Mahindra TUV500 will share its engine with the TUV300 – i.e. 1.5-litre mHawk diesel. On the smaller compact SUV, this oil burner makes a maximum power of 100bhp at 3,750rpm and 240Nm of torque between 1,600rpm – 2,800rpm. Reports also suggest that the new Mahindra 7-seaater SUV might borrow the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel motor from the Scorpio. This mill is good enough for 120bhp and 280Nm of torque. It is likely to come with the 1.99-litre diesel engine benefited with Intelli hybrid system. Transmission duties are likely to be carried out by a 5-speed manual (standard) and an autoSHIFT AMT unit (optional). Read – Mahindra XUV Aero Concept – Picture & Details
Mahindra TUV500 Mileage
If the TUV500 comes packed with the 1.5-litre mHawk diesel powertrain, it is likely to return a mileage around 14-15kmpl on urban roads and 18-19kmpl on highways.
Mahindra TUV500 Competition
Mahindra TUV500 Features
– Battle-tank inspired design
– Chromed grille
– Static bending headlamp
– Squared-shaped wheel arches
– Blackened C-pillar
– Forward facing third row seats
– ABS with EBD, brake assist
– Dual airbags
– Multi-functional steering wheel
Mahindra TUV500 Exterior & Interior
The upcoming Mahindra TUV500 will share most of its design and styling bits with TUV300, and look largely identical to its donor sibling. However, the longer third row glass area will mark a different. Inspired by a “battle tank”, the SUV will feature pronounced shoulders, high front nose, flat roof, straight bonnet and high ground clearance. Based on the new ladder frame chassis, the new TUV500 will have a high ground clearance. Upfront, the car will get a bold grille with chrome inserts, black bumper, flat bonnet and static bending headlamp. The side profile will have neat and simple design featuring squared-shaped wheel arches. It will get blackened C-pillar and rear-mounted spare wheel.
Interior design and features will be carried over from the smaller sibling. The new SUV will get dual-tone black and beige interior theme with piano black finish on the centre console. While the TUV300 has jumper seats behind the second row, the new TUV500 will get forward-facing third row of seats. Features on offer might include multi information display, multi-functional steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control, rear AC vents, etc.
Source – ACI
Mahindra TUV500 Preview
Since the new TUV500 is based on the TUV300 platform, the vehicle will have identical designs. However, the new model could be more powerful and better equipped compared to the smaller model.