The Mahindra XUV500 is slated for a generation change. And if speculations are to be believed, the Korando could take up the spot. The Korando is the mid-size SUV from the South Korean Car Maker - SsangYong. Mahindra reportedly owns about 70% of SsangYong. And it should be no surprise if we see both the Korando and the next-gen XUV500 sharing parts with another. In all likelihood, the next-gen XUV 500 will rest on a new electric enabled platform being co-developed by Mahindra with SsangYong.
Spied images reveal that the testing for the fourth-gen Korando SUV has already begun. The Euro-bound SUV slated for a next year launch will share parts with Mahindra XUV500 and vice versa. Sharing of platform and parts with the SsangYong gives two important advantages to Mahindra XUV500:
The next-gen XUV500 will benefit from both the advantages. Mahindra also has plans to launch the rebadged version of the second-gen Rexton (Built by SsangYong) later this year. The flagship SUV may come with a price tag of ₹ 25.05 lakhs. Moreover spied images of the New SsangYong Korando hint that Mahindra could rebadge it as the next-gen XUV500 in India. A move forced mainly by the XUV500’s popularity in the Indian subcontinent. If it happens then the new XUV500 will offer three-row seating. The three-row seating will give the next-gen XUV 500 the much-needed advantage in a thriving SUV market.
A look at the dimensional changes:
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SsangYong Korando Features
In terms of variants, the Korando will be seen in all possible avatars which include the traditional petrol and diesel variants along with the modern day hybrid and electric variants. The conventional variants will draw inspiration from the seven-seat XAVL concept showcased in 2017 whereas the 2020 Korando EV will be based on the 2018 e-SIV concept. All offerings will in all probability adorn a more mature look in comparison to their erstwhile concept siblings. Mahindra may even cut down on the midsize SUVs styling drawing inspiration straight from the Korando factory.
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The new Korando will boast of longer and broader dimension in comparison to the present gen XUV 500. The seven-seater SUV will even surpass its predecessor in terms of dimensions. Expect the next-gen XUV 500 to also inherit the same dimensions making room for third row-space as well.
Conventional variants will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel engine respectively. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual as standard. Automatic Transmission will also be available as an option on both the variants. The Euro-bound Korando will comply with the latest Euro 6d-Temp emission norms. Treading on the same lines, India is all set to introduce the latest Euro 6d-Temp emission norms in April 2020.
Reworked Engines on the Next-Gen XUV 500
Taking a leaf out of the Korando book, the next-gen XUV 500 is also all set to be powered by the new downsized engines on the Euro-bound Korando. Both diesel and petrol offerings from the XUV500 are powered by a 2.2-litre petrol.
The downsized engines do not trade off with performance. Performance remains same as before on both the SUV’s. This all thanks to the new platform that gets lighter than before and in the process accounts for a lower overall curb weight.
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The two mid-size SUVs match one another in cabin layout and equipment list as well. In addition to a host of segment-exclusive features, the next-gen Korando will in all likelihood include a dashboard-mounted 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, parking assist system, Wi-Fi hotspot for the second- and third-row.