Many automobile manufacturers are honouring athletes that came back from the Olympics or Paralympics. Mahindra is also one such carmaker. They have announced that they will be giving an XUV700 to Avani Lekhara, Neeraj Chopra and Sumit Antil. It will be a special edition of XUV700 called the Javelin Edition. Mahindra has already filed a trademark for Javelin name.
— Pratap Bose (@BosePratap) August 30, 2021
Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra has asked Pratap Bose, Chief Design Officer of Mahindra for designing the Javelin Edition of the XUV700. We have already liked Pratap Bose’s design in the IMPACT 2.0 design language that Tata Motors uses. As of now, it is not known what exact changes will Pratap Bose and Mahindra will make to the XUV700’s Javelin Edition.
Neeraj Chopra won a Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He is the first Indian to win a medal in Athletics. Then there is Sumit Antil who won a Gold Medal in Tokyo Paralympics. He broke the world record thrice in five throws. Finally, there is Avani Lekhara. She got a Gold Medal in the Women’s 10m AR Standing SH1 Final. She also set a Paralympic record by scoring 249.6.
The XUV700 created the most buzz on the internet when it was supposed to get unveiled. Then Mahindra shocked everyone with its starting price of just Rs. 12 lakhs ex-showroom. The XUV700 is all-new and is based on a new W601 platform. It also uses a new set of engines which makes it the most powerful SUV in the segment.
There will be a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine on offer. The diesel engine will be offered in two states of tune. The lower variants will produce 155 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 360 Nm. It will only be offered as front-wheel drive. On the higher variants, the engine would produce a max power output of 185 PS and a 450 Nm of peak torque output. The engine would be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
We do know that the diesel engine would be offered with an all-wheel-drive powertrain when mated to an automatic gearbox. It will be available only on the higher variants and it is still not known if the manual gearbox will come with an all-wheel-drive configuration or not. The power would be delivered to all four wheels only when the SUV detects a slip or traction loss. It will not be a proper 4×4 drivetrain like we get on the Thar. The diesel engine also gets four drive modes, namely Zip, Zap, Zoom and Custom.
Then there is the petrol engine. It puts out 200 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. The engine would be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As of now, Mahindra is not offering drive modes with the petrol engine. However, they might add them in future.