The new Mahindra MPV could be based on a monocoque architecture with front wheel drive (FWD) or an all-new platform.
December 24, 2016: We informed you earlier that Mahindra is working on a range of new UVs for the Indian car market. The company is also readying an all-new SUV based on the TUV300 platform. If media reports are to be believed, the SUV could be named Mahindra TUV500. The SUV will share most of its features, mechanicals & styling cues from the smaller TUV300. For the first time, the long wheelbase TUV has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
Going by the spyshots, it is visible that the SUV has a longer length and bigger third row glass area. The third row glass area was covered, indicating to a forward-facing third row of seats. With this SUV, the homegrown SUV maker aims to target entry-level MPV buyers looking for spacious cabin for 7 adults.
The new Mahindra SUV is in its development and testing phase and the company will take at least a good one year to test it extensively. We can expect its arrival towards the end of 2017. Though there is no official confirmation about the product and its launch timeline in India.
|Base Model||Rs 10 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 17 lakh|
Since the TUV500 will be positioned against the Honda BRV, it will be interesting to see how Mahindra & Mahindra prices it. The Mahindra TUV500 prices are likely to fall within the range of Rs 10 lakh – Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
|Max Power||100bhp @ 3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 1600rpm – 2800rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & AMT|
The new Mahindra TUV500 is expected to share its engine specifications with the TUV300. It is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre mHawk80 diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 100bhp at 3,750rpm and a peak torque of 240Nm between 1600 – 2800rpm. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual and 5-speed autoSHIFT AMT.
The Mahindra TUV500 will rival the Honda BRV that is currently leading the segment with a huge margin.
The upcoming Mahindra TUV500 looks largely identical to the TUV300 compact SUV, except for the longer third row glass area. The design of the SUV is inspired by a “battle tank”, featuring raised 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 is a bold grille with chrome inserts, black bumper, flat bonnet and static bending headlamp. The side profile of the SUV looks simple, featuring squared-shaped wheel arches. It will get blackened C-pillar and neatly designed rear. It also gets rear-mounted spare wheel.
The cabin of the SUV is expected to be sourced from the smaller sibling. It will get dual-tone black and beige interior theme with piano black finish on the centre console. While the TUV300 gets jumper seats behind the second row, the new TUV500 will get forward-facing third row of seats. It is likely to get a multi information display, multi-functional steering wheel, etc. Also Read – Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 Petrol Models to Launch This Year
Source – ACI