The Mahindra TUV500 is being made on a new-generation platform and offers proper front facing third row seats.
The Mahindra TUV500 has been spotted testing in Chennai, Tamil Nadu by MotorBeam reader Gokulnath B. Essentially a long wheelbase version of the existing TUV300, the TUV500 will be getting proper front facing third-row seats.
Measuring over 4 metres in length, the Mahindra TUV500 is being built on a new platform and is expected to be powered by a 2.2-litre engine that does duty in the Mahindra Scorpio. The 2.2-litre diesel motor in the Scorpio currently produces 120 HP and 280 Nm of torque. The Delhi (NCR) region will see the 1.99-litre being introduced in the TUV500 with the same power figures as in the 2.2-litre diesel unit.
Mahindra feels that the 100 HP 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine could feel underpowered on the larger TUV500 and hence this engine will not be making it into the TUV500. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual only.
Interiors are expected to have the same dash layout as in the TUV300 but features wise, Mahindra might give some extra equipment like foldable second and third-row seats, rear AC vents, automatic climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system too.
Mahindra intends to grab a share of the 7-seater space where the Maruti Ertiga is doing good numbers in the MPV segment. Mahindra hasn’t confirmed any launch dates of the TUV500 yet but expect it to be launched in the last quarter of this year.
Mahindra TUV500 Base Variant
– The Mahindra TUV500 has been spied testing in Chennai
– The Mahindra TUV500 is essentially a long-wheelbase version of the TUV300
– The SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that powers the Scorpio