A pre-production test mule of the coming Mahindra TUV500 MPV has been spied in Chennai. It is expected to launch in early-2017, and will replace the ageing Xylo.

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Looking at its size and road stance, speculations suggest that Mahindra might position it against the rival popular MPVs like the Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa. The much-anticipated desi MPV is seen here for the first time in its own body heavily camouflaged. The curvy bonnet, wide sweptback headlamp and sloped windshield, all look familiar.

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Still heavily disguised by thick cladding, the TUV500’s exterior silhouette can roughly be made out. For one, Mahindra’s design language is noticeable all over the front end – it appears to feature the home grown car maker’s signature vertical muscular grille with a honeycomb mesh pattern and Scorpio-like claws. The front-end of the MPV looks heavily borrow cues from the XUV500.

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Under its skin, the TUV500 rides on a monocoque platform on a front wheel drive architecture. Engine lineup could pack either Mahindra’s 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine or an all new diesel engine co-developed with Ssangyong. The company is also working on a petrol variant as well, which could pack an all new 1.5-litre 4 cyl engine that will be introduced soon.

 
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Source: Motor Vikatan