- XUV700 soon to replace the ageing XUV500 as a 7-seater
- XUV500 brand name will be temporarily discontinued.
- Speculated to be brought back as a premium 5-seater mid-size SUV to match Harrier and Creta.
- New XUV500 likely to inculcate its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines in the XUV700.
- A 5-seater XUV500 could arrive by mid-2022 while the XUV700 will replace the outgoing model around July 2021.
As per Mahindra , the company is planning to name its new 7-seater mid-size SUV. It is going to replace the current XUV500 in its lineup as the XUV700. The users and netizens were expecting the upcoming SUV, earlier known by the codename W601, to carry forward the XUV500 moniker, but Mahindra has other plans for it.
However, this is not the end of the road for the XUV500 name plate. Even tough the XUV700 is the spiritual successor to the ageing SUV, but the XUV500 badge is speculated to return as a 5-seater offering to take on the Hyundai Creta and the Tata Harrier.
The upcoming XUV700 is designed and built based on Mahindra’s new W601 monocoque platform along with XUV500 to be underpinned by the same. This 5-seater SUV would be a more direct rival to the likes of the Tata Harrier and MG Hector and premium compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
Being a 5-seater , the XUV500 would be smaller as compared to XUV700. It will most likely to get a different exterior styling while following the same design language. The XUV700 test mules spied had a tall and flat rear end while the next XUV500 could get a sportier look overall with a shorter rear overhang and sloping roofline.
The carmakers are likely to offer its audience with the new XUV500 that replicates the same interior design as of the XUV700. It might have bits and bites of few top-spec premium features left out. It is expected to get the same dashboard design with the central touchscreen infotainment system integrated into the instrument cluster.
Furthermore, the XUV500 will get the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines as the XUV700.