Mahindra recently teased the much-awaited XUV 700. The new SUV will sit above the current XUV 500. It is expected to launch in Q2 FY 2022. Now, according to new reports, Mahindra will be offering the XUV 700 in 11 variants. The variants consist of petrol or diesel engines that will be offered with a manual or automatic gearbox and there will also be an all-wheel-drive on offer.
Until now, the SUV was known as W601 which was the codename. The XUV 700’s exterior and interior has been entirely redone. However, you would still be able to see some design cues that we have seen on the current XUV 500. Expect the rear haunches over the wheel arches and the front end design to be very aggressive.
The front fascia now looks more modern and now is offered with LED Daytime Running Lamps and full LED tail lamps. There are also LED fog lamps placed in the bumper. Surprisingly, the XUV 700 has been spotted with two headlamp designs. Both of which boast full LED setup.
One is a more conventional rectangular single piece setup while the other one has more of a curvy L-shape LED Daytime Running Lamp. The front grille still boasts Mahindra’s 6-vertical slats and there is a slim wide air dam in the lower half of the bumper.
The first thing you would notice on the side profile is the flush sitting door handles which we will see for the first time in this segment. The current XUV 500 was also known for its unique vertical door handles that Mahindra says were inspired by a Cheetah’s claw. There are 5-spoke alloy wheels that fill the prominent wheel arches. The wheel arches will also get plastic cladding over the wheel arches and doors. The turn indicators will be placed on the outside rearview mirrors.
At the rear, there is a high-mounted stop lamp, rear spoiler, rear wiper with washer, defogger and a shark-fin antenna. There will be horizontal LED tail lamps mounted on an upright tailgate. There are also rear foglamps placed in the lower half of the bumper.
The interior will also be redone. It will now feature more up-market materials to enhance the interior appeal. There will be a flat-bottom steering wheel that will be wrapped in leather. It will be a multi-functional unit so there will be buttons for cruise control, multi-information display, voice commands and controlling the infotainment system.
Mahindra will offer two horizontally mounted screens. The centre one will be a touchscreen infotainment system while the other one will be a digital instrument cluster with a multi-information display. The upholstery will have leather in the higher trims and the dashboard will also use soft-touch materials.
Mahindra will equip the XUV 700 with a lot of features such as automatic climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop, electric adjustment for the driver seat, connected car technology and much more. It will also boast one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the segment.
Powering the XUV 700 will be a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. Both the engines will produce around 190 PS and 380 Nm of peak torque. Both will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The higher variants will also come with an all-wheel-drive system.