Tech2 news teamApril 8, 2021 11:13:57 AM IST
Mahindra has confirmed that the second generation XUV500 will be called the Mahindra XUV700. India has been eagerly awaiting the launch of the new Mahindra XUV500, with hundreds of spy photos of the second-generation model making rounds online for quite some time. However, the company today announced that the new XUV (codenamed Mahindra W601) will carry the name ‘XUV700’. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the Mahindra XUV700 will launch sometime between July and September this year (Q2 FY2022).
In its statement, the company has confirmed that the Mahindra XUV700 will be offered with gasoline and diesel engines with a selection of manual and automatic gearboxes. All-wheel drive will also be available as an option.
The 2021 Mahindra XUV700 is expected to get the 2.0-liter mStallion gasoline engine, which powers the second-generation Mahindra Thar, with a higher state of tuning, developing around 190 hp. Meanwhile, the 2.2-liter mHawk diesel is expected to produce around 180 hp. Gearbox options for both engines are expected to include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
As is the case with the XUV500, the Mahindra XUV700 is also configured to continue its three-row, seven-seat layout. However, Mahindra could also consider providing a six-seat version, with captain’s chairs for second-row passengers.
Spy photos have previously revealed that the Mahindra XUV700 will have an imposing square-jaw face with a revised version of the XUV500’s signature cheetah claw grille; 10-spoke, 17-inch alloy, recessed door handles and four-corner disc brakes.
Inside, the Mahindra XUV700 will have a dual-screen layout, combining the digital instrument display with the touchscreen infotainment system.
Also visible in the Mahindra XUV700 spy photos is a provision for the camera and radar-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The Mahindra XUV700 is likely to have assist systems like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking. Until now, ADAS has only been available with luxury cars in India, and it would certainly make the Mahindra XUV700 more expensive.
Speaking about the brand announcement, Veejay Nakra, CEO Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said: “The Mahindra XUV700, one of Mahindra’s most anticipated offerings is sure to hit the sweet spot with customers. Built on the new W601 platform, the XUV700 ushers in the next generation of sophisticated and authentic Mahindra SUVs that will deliver an adrenaline rush like never before. “
The Mahindra XUV700 will also include several top-tier features in the segment, said R Velusamy, Head of Global Product Development at M&M Ltd.
“A passionate young team with an obsession for excellence has created the All New XUV700. The XUV portfolio has always excelled at disrupting and setting new benchmarks with models like the XUV500 and XUV300. The XUV700 is built on a completely new W601 global SUV platform, with expert partners around the world and will feature the first technologies and features in its segment, ”said Velusamy.
When the Mahindra XUV700 arrives in the coming months, it will compete with other three-row SUVs such as the MG Hector Plus, the Tata Safari and the Hyundai Alcazar, which will also be launched in the coming months.