The mighty Mahindra XUV700 is undoubtedly one of if not the hottest commodities in the Indian SUV market right now. Mahindra went all out with its newest SUV XUV700, be it the looks, features or safety. However, the two things that were lacking from this super SUV at the time of launch in August last year were Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Although the SUV did come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system powered by Mahindra’s AdrenoX infotainment software it still missed out on these two essentials. But finally, after 10 months of the launch date, it has been reported that the XUV700 will get the awaited Apple Carplay.
According to sources, the homegrown SUV manufacturer will enable the Apple Carplay functionality in the AX variants via an OTA update. The customer cars which will be eligible for the update will be notified by their respected dealers once the update arrives. Since the time of launch, the infotainment system of the XUV700 supported wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the manufacturer had not gained the necessary approvals for both smartphone connectivity systems at the time of the SUV’s release so it could not offer it from the beginning. The same was the case with Android Auto but that feature was enabled in the January of this year.
Other than these two features the XUV700 came equipped with almost every creature comfort imaginable. The list of features in the top of the line SUV included a dual HD super-screen including a 10.25-inch TFT instrument console and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Sony 3D audio with 12 speakers, AdrenoX connect with a 2-year free subscription, built-in Alexa integration, 360-degree camera, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, push start-stop button, 6-way powered driver’s seat with memory function, valet mode, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers.
In terms of safety equipment, it came with an electronic stability program, hill hold assist, hill descent control, driver knee airbag, drive modes, electronic parking brake, wireless charger for smartphones, electronic door handles with passive keyless entry, telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel and driver drowsiness detection. Other basic safety features included were the front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, reverse parking sensors and cornering lamps.
The XUV700 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces a healthy 200 PS of power and 380 Nm of torque. Additionally, the company also offers a 2.2-litre diesel engine which is available in two different tunes. The more powerful version of the two comes on the AX variants which puts out a good 185 PS of max power and 420 Nm (450 Nm with AT) of peak torque. Whereas the less powerful variant that produces 155 PS of power and 360 Nm of torque, comes on the base model MX. Mahindra offers a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic for both variations of the engines. Also, an optional all-wheel-drive system is available for the diesel AT top-end variants.