Mahindra has unveiled the much-talked XUV700 and has given more clarity to the enthusiasts on the details of this amazing SUV. Earlier this month, Mahindra teased the much-anticipated SUV XUV700 ahead of its tentative launch in October. While Mahindra originally planned for the XUV700 to be the next-generation model of the XUV500, it later decided to reposition it due to its plan of massively expanding its SUV portfolio. Therefore, as we previously reported, the Hyundai Creta will be rivalled by the XUV500 nameplate in 2024. Adding SUVs to Mahindra’s line of products is a very obvious move, as the company wants to take advantage of an expanding market. The XUV700 is the first Mahindra vehicle to display the new logo exclusively on its SUV range. Mahindra has even introduced a new logo for its SUV lineup.
The XUV700 design looks very attractive and the stance may remind you of the XUV500 and Alturas G4. There are plenty of new features here, including the grille design with its outwardly bent vertical bars, massive DRLs that drop from the headlights into the bumper, pop-out door handles that sit flush against the body, and the five-spoke alloy wheels.
Interior and Features
In terms of design and aesthetics, Mahindra has gone for a contemporary approach. Inside, the instrument cluster is divided by a massive, single panel that houses a dual 10.25-inch screen layout – one for the infotainment and one for the instrument cluster. For carrying out a variety of voice commands, the infotainment system utilizes the brand’s AdrenoX interface with the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant.
Mahindra has also loaded the XUV700 with a slew of premium features. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a wireless charger, panoramic roof, auto booster headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and dashboard inserts, an electronic parking brake, and 12 speakers designed specifically for this vehicle with 3D surround sound.
There is also plenty of safety technology on offer with the XUV700, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are a big talking point here. In addition, it features a Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – which warns you of a possible collision, and if you do not react, it uses Autonomous Emergency Brakes (AEB) to stop the car. Adaptive cruise control, smart pilot assistance, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and driver drowsiness detection are also included.
Besides its seven airbags, the XUV700 also features ABS with EBD, speeding alerts, and pretensioners on the seatbelts for the front seats.
Engine and Gearbox
There are two engines available for the new XUV700: petrol and diesel. The Mahindra mStallion engine is a four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a displacement of 2.0 litres and torque of 380 Nm. Meanwhile, the diesel is a four-cylinder, 2.2L, turbocharged mHawk unit that is available in two tune levels. Its lower-state version (reserved for the entry-level version) will generate 155 horsepower and 360 Nm, whereas its higher-state cousin will produce 185 horsepower and 420 Nm (450 Nm with the automatic gearbox). Diesel engines also boast four drive modes devoted to altering steering response and the engine’s performance – Zip, Zap, Zoom, and Custom.
There are six-speed manual and automatic transmission options available for both engines, though the lower-spec diesel engine will only come with a manual transmission. Additionally, there is an all-wheel-drive version available.
Mahindra’s flagship product, the XUV700, has taken on a lot of responsibility after the Alturas was ceased production. There will be stiff competition from the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and Hyundai Alcazar.