Testing a new product by benchmarking it against the best in the industry before launching has become a common practice among automakers. The latest brand to adopt this approach is Mahindra, which has been in the spotlight for benchmarking its upcoming all-electric SUV against the Tesla Model Y, one of the highest-selling electric SUVs globally. Recently, a Tesla Model Y unit was spotted inside Mahindra’s manufacturing facility in Pune, confirming the ongoing development.
It’s widely known that Mahindra has been working on a range of all-electric SUVs and crossovers under its new electric vehicle brand called ‘BE’. These vehicles are being developed on a newly-designed ‘INGLO’ platform. One of the forthcoming SUVs is an all-electric SUV coupe, similar in size to the Tesla Model Y, anticipated to debut on Indian roads by 2025. The sighting of the Tesla Model Y by Carversal within Mahindra’s production facility is believed to be part of Mahindra’s effort to benchmark its electric SUV coupe against the Tesla offering.
Beyond its exceptional technical specifications, the Tesla Model Y is renowned for its remarkable drag coefficient of 0.23, making it one of the most aerodynamic SUVs/crossovers globally. Mahindra could be comparing the drag coefficient or aerodynamics of its upcoming electric SUV-coupe with the Tesla Model Y. Additionally, Mahindra might be evaluating other aspects of the Model Y, such as performance, acceleration, and range, in a comparative analysis to ensure its upcoming model meets international standards.
Tesla Model Y is a premium EV
The Tesla Model Y is a premium midsize electric SUV from an all-electric vehicle manufacturer based in the USA. With dimensions of 4750mm in length, 1978mm in width, and 1624mm in height, the Model Y is slightly larger than the XUV700, Mahindra’s current flagship SUV. Equipped with an 81kWh battery pack, the Tesla Model Y boasts a maximum driving range of up to 525 km. Mahindra might be aiming for similar specifications and performance for its upcoming electric SUV.
In other news, Tesla is also planning a substantial entry into the Indian car market, currently exploring the feasibility of establishing a production facility in the country. Existing Tesla models like the Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X could potentially enter India through the CBU (completely built-up) route, given their premium positioning and limited availability. Additionally, Tesla is reportedly developing a more affordable electric vehicle for emerging markets, with India being a key focus among them.