Mahindra XUV 700 has created a lot of hype around it. It might be the most awaited launch of this year. Mahindra’s plant located in Pune has a new poster that “The Future is Here…. And I am Proud to be a Part of it…”. Then it says “31 days to go” depicting that the manufacturing process for the SUV could start next month. The launch date of the XUV 700 is still not known but it is expected to be around August to September. The XUV 700 is expected to go against the Tata Safari, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Alcazar and MG Hector Plus.
The XUV 700 is based on a new W601 platform. Mahindra recently teased the auto booster headlamps that will come with XUV 700. There will also be a lot of other equipment on it. For instance, there will be a panoramic sunroof, digital instrument cluster, electric adjustment for driver seat, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, cruise control, ADAS features and much more.
Mahindra has already confirmed that the XUV 700 will be available with a diesel and a petrol engine. Both the engines will be offered with a manual gearbox as well as an automatic transmission. It will also be the only SUV in its segment to offer all-wheel drive on the higher variants. Due to this and the extensive feature list, the XUV 700 will be priced higher than the rivals. However, it will also have more powerful engines and premium built quality.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine is expected to produce 190 PS of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The 2.2-litre is expected to be one of the most refined motors with excellent driveability. The engine is expected to produce 180 PS of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine was being tested in tunes. There is 180 bhp, 190 bhp and 210 bhp. The 210 bhp tune produces 450 Nm of peak torque. It is possible that this tune of the engine is kept for the higher variants or the facelift.
More upcoming vehicles
Mahindra is working on a slew of launches for the Indian market. They are working on a 5-seater version of the Thar and there will also be a new entry-level Thar which will more affordable than the current one. It will not come with a 4×4 drivetrain. Also, it will have a different 1.5-litre engine.
After the launch of the XUV 700, Mahindra will discontinue the XUV 500. The SUV may return as a 5-seater initially but the manufacturer is already working on a new generation of the XUV 500 which will be designed as a 5-seater mid-size SUV.
Mahindra has also provided a green light to the XUV 900 Coupe. Mahindra showcased the XUV Aero Concept in 2016. However, that was based on the XUV 500. The new SUV will not share anything with the XUV 500. The 210 bhp tune of the diesel engine will be used to power the XUV 900 Coupe as it will be the flagship of Mahindra.