Mahindra has been the market leader in the Utility Vehicle segment for a long time now. However, the current competition has toppled the brand from its numero uno position. Mahindra will enter a new segment soon with the XUV 700 and they have already showcased the car at the 2018 Auto Expo. What are the things you should know about the upcoming vehicle? Let’s find out.
Not developed by Mahindra
Yes, it will get a Mahindra badge in the Indian market but the vehicle has not been developed by Mahindra. The upcoming XUV 700 is a rebadged version of the SsangYong Rexton G4, which is a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra. SsangYong is based in South Korea and already offers the Rexton in the Indian market too. However, due to the low popularity of the brand, Mahindra has decided to launch a rebadged product, which will have a much bigger brand appeal.
Will launch this year
The Mahindra XUV 700 has been already showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Mahindra has revealed that the new SUV will be launched in India later this year. Mahindra is planning to launch the vehicle around the festive season when most people plan to buy new vehicles. This will enable Mahindra to instantly get on the radar of potential customers.
Value for money
Just like all Mahindra vehicles, the XUV 700 is expected to carry a very value-for-money price tag. The entry-level variant of the car is expected to be priced at around Rs. 22 lakh, which is almost Rs. 4 lakh cheaper than the Toyota Fortuner. The seven-seater XUV 700’s value-for-money price tag will make it an attractive choice in the segment. Even though it will be the most expensive vehicle in Mahindra’s line-up, it will get enough features to offer great value for money.
Most luxurious Mahindra ever
The upcoming XUV 700 will be the flagship SUV of Mahindra and will come with plush interiors. The cage will get wooden inserts on the dashboard and leather trims on the doors. The seats will also get a leather shroud with diamond stitching. One would definitely feel comfortable with all the luxury features that Mahindra XUV 700 will come with.
Will get first-in-segment features
Mahindra has always been known to introduce segment-first features in their vehicles. The XUV 500 introduced many features like Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a sunroof and so on. The Mahindra XUV 700 too will get a few segments-first features like ventilated and heated seats, an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat, a 6-way adjustable passenger seat and an electric tailgate.
With a host of other features too
The flagship SUV will get a long list of features to allure buyers. There will be projector HID headlamps, a touchscreen infotainment system, LED cornering lamps, supervision cluster with customisable MID, flat folding rear seats, 20-inch wheels, ambient lighting, LED lamps on the exterior, LED interior lamps and so on. The Mahindra XUV 700 will be loaded to the brim.
A strong safety net
The XUV 700 will get a host of active and passive safety features to keep the occupants safe. The top-end variant of the car will get as many as 9 airbags. Other safety features include ABS, EBD, hill-start, hill descent, ESP, Traction Control, Anti Roll Program and so on. The international model also gets automatic emergency braking, high beam assist and forward collision warning but these features will not available with the Indian version.
Engine and transmission
Mahindra will use a 2.2-litre diesel engine in the upcoming XUV 700 but it is not same as the 2.2-litre mHawk that powers the XUV 500. The diesel engine in the XUV 700 will produce a maximum power of 179 Bhp and 420 Nm. It will get a Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic transmission. Mahindra may not offer a manual transmission even with the base variant of the XUV 700.
Will be made in Chakan
The car will be imported to the Indian market through CKD (Completely Knocked Down) and it will be assembled at Mahindra’s Chakan plant. The vehicle will come from SsangYong South Korea and will be assembled right here in India. This will ensure minimal taxes and will enable Mahindra to price the vehicle competitively.
Will not be a hardcore off-roader
The Mahindra XUV 700 will get a 4WD option but it will miss out on a low-ratio transfer case. The low-ratio transfer case is something that hard-core off-roaders rely upon and is available with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. The XUV 700 will be a soft-roader that will take on slippery terrains like ice and slush with ease but will not be able to cross serious obstacles.