Find out the most impressive things about the recently unveiled SUV, Mahindra XUV700.
The much-awaited Mahindra XUV700 has finally unveiled ahead of its launch in October with great pomp and show. While initially this was supposed to be designed as the next-gen XUV500, but later Mahindra decided to play to its strength. It repositioned the model to start a fresh batch of SUV portfolios in India. The XUV700 is the kickstart to Mahindra’s long line of stunning SUV batches. The much-anticipated global debut opened up a pandora box of stunning updates and the coolest features. From the first-of-its-kind smart processor to the quirky design and new logo, here is everything worth obsessing upon about the new Mahindra XUV700.
Zip, Zap, Zoom!
XUV700 doesn’t shy away when it comes to power. This is evident from the stunning pick-up from 0-60 km/h in just 5 seconds. Fueled by both diesel and petrol powertrains, it offers two engines.
- Mahindra mStallion Unit: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo-petrol that is designed to yield 200hp and 380Nm.
- Mahindra mHawk Unit: 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel that will come in two states of tune. The lower state is reserved for the entry-level trim, yielding 155hp and 360Nm while the higher state is offered in higher-level trims and it can churn out 185hp and 420Nm (450Nm with automatic gearbox option).
The diesel engine specification also has four different drive modes- Zip, Zap, Zoom, and a special Custom mode as they are supposed to play around with performance and steering response. How cool is that!
Both the engines are offered with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox options. The lower state diesel engine however gets only the manual gearbox option. In addition, an all-wheel-drive model is also on the charts.
XUV700 displays the perfect amalgamation of the old and the new. While on one hand, it’s quite easy to link it to its precedents in terms of stance, size, and proportions. On the other hand, there is so much that’s new and unique. Starting off with a new grille design that flaunts a vertical bar bent outwards, new auto booster headlights with enormous C-shaped DRLs that reach down onto the front bumper and large plus angular tail-lights, XUV700 has got the edge! With the pop-out door handles that sit flush normally, 18-inches R-17 diamond cut alloy wheels and the largest sunroof in the entire segment, XUV700 is here to impress! It’s worth mentioning here that the top trim is a 7-seater car and has 5 doors.
The unveiled Mahindra XUV700 is the debutant flaunting the company’s new logo that will be used for its new-age SUVs from now onwards. Named as the “Twin Peaks logo”, this new visual identity of the brand could be spotted in over 800 cities by the year 2022. Quoting the Mahindra Design Team, the new logo “embodies the willingness to change to suit a new world order.”
Its AdrenoX, it’s Intelligent and it’s Custom-made
Mahindra XUV700 has a cabin that’s worth melting for. Laced with stunning interiors and super cool features, this car has totally spoiled our Indian expectations of SUVs being only sporty. With a clean and ultramodern suede cabin, XUV700 has offered an illuminated dashboard system. The dashboard is heavily dominated by two huge 10.25-inch screens – one is the infotainment layout and the other is for the instrument cluster. Both the screens are efficiently fitted in a unified, gargantuan panel.
We simply can’t get over the unique infotainment system so let’s talk more about that. It is equipped with the Mahindra brand’s first-ever AdrenoX intelligent interface. It comes with a built-in Amazon Alexa Virtual Assistant that lets you carry out so many cool tasks through voice-controlled commands. The voice-activated command is engineered to control features like opening and closing the sunroof, starting music of your choice and so much more!
Packed with stunning updates like Sony 3-D surround sound system with custom-built 12 speaker setup and complete with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control features with an air purifier, Blind-view monitoring system, 360-degree surround-view parking camera, leatherette upholstery, electronic parking brake, dashboard inserts, and wireless charging facility, we don’t think XUV700 could disappoint anyone.
Notched-Up Safety Features
Mahindra has gone all-in with the extra-tech safety features in its new SUV. Its ADAS system is the talk of the town as it offers features like FCW (Forward Collision Warning) that warns you of an impending collision and if you don’t react…well, it will do that for you by using AEB (Autonomous Emergency Brakes) to stop the car dead in the tracks. Additional impressive features include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, smart pilot assist, etc.
But the most impressive feature that XUV700 possibly has is the Driver Drowsiness Detection feature. It basically warns you to stop your car and take a break, when you feel sleepy.
Adding to the list, XUV700 comes with seven airbags, customizable voice alerts for over-speeding, seatbelts with lap, and retractor pre-tensioners for front seats.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Mahindra takes this quote seriously as it offers a wide range of variants and trims across its products. XUV700 is no exception with 2 major trim options with customizations within – MX and AdrenoX (AX). It offers these in 5-seater and 7-seater options.
The MX model has a single MX trim and comes with a petrol engine and a lower-output diesel engine. It has features like the 7-inch infotainment screen plus a 7-inch instrument cluster. Android Auto, power-adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) with built-in turn indicators and Day/Night Internal Rear-View Mirrors (IRVMs).
The AdrenoX variant offers three trim levels – AX3, AX5, and AX7. The details of which are given in a chart form below.
|Variants||Price (ex-showroom, India)|
|MX Petrol Manual||Rs 11.99 Lakh|
|MX Diesel Manual||Rs 12.49 Lakh|
|AX3 Petrol Manual||Rs 13.99 Lakh|
|AX5 Petrol Manual||Rs 14.99 Lakh|
XUV700 now bears the mantle of being the brand’s flagship product now that Alturas has been effectively discontinued. It’s expected to lock horns with potential 7-seater SUVs in the market (existing & upcoming) that include the likes of the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Honda Kushaq and Volkswagon Taigun. While the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and Hyundai Alcazar are expected to be its most formidable rivals in the Indian SUV market.