Mahindra, which is one of the largest SUV manufacturers in the Indian market, has been working on new models to expand their lineup. Like many of its rivals, Mahindra has also been developing electric cars, and they already have the XUV400 in the market. In addition to this, Mahindra is also working on a new range of Born Electric SUVs, some of which have already been showcased as concepts. The XUV.e8, an electric version of the XUV700, was also showcased last year. An image has now leaked online, revealing the design patent of the production version of the XUV.e8 SUV.
The leaked images clearly depict how the production version of the EV will look. What is even more exciting is that the patent images reveal that the production version closely resembles the concept that the manufacturer showcased last year, with the only notable difference being the paint job. The Mahindra XUV.e8 features a unique and futuristic-looking front fascia, including an LED bar that runs along the width of the car.
This LED DRL drops down vertically to the bumper. Like other EVs in the market, the e8 will also have a completely closed front grille. The leaked image shows a bronze finished Mahindra logo and bronze highlights around the headlamp area. The headlamps are likely projector LED units and differ from those on the XUV700. The lights are vertically stacked, one over the other.
The bumper of the XUV.e8 has a clean look, with just a skid plate featuring bronze accents at the bottom. The front fascia is a major highlight of this electric SUV. Moving to the side profile, the design of the SUV will remind you of the XUV700. The flush fitting door handles, door panels, window, and roof design all bear similarities to the XUV700.
Although the SUV’s design may appear similar to the XUV700, it’s worth noting that the XUV.e8 and other future EVs from Mahindra are based on a new platform. Mahindra’s born-electric INGLO skateboard platform has been specifically developed for electric vehicles.
In terms of dimensions, the XUV.e8 will measure 4,740mm in length, 1,900mm in width, and 1,760mm in height. The upcoming EV will have a wheelbase of 2,762mm, which is 45mm longer, 10mm wider, and 5mm taller than the XUV700. Mahindra has also previously confirmed that they will offer an AWD system, and the battery pack range will be 80 kWh.
The upcoming electric SUV is expected to generate anywhere between 230 Ps and 350 Ps. Apart from the XUV.e8, Mahindra is also working on other electric SUVs such as the XUV.e9 and BE.05. It is possible that Mahindra might not offer a different design for the other EVs that are currently under testing. The XUV.e8 will be the first product to be launched in the market and is expected to be available sometime towards the end of 2024. Mahindra will also launch the 5-door Thar in the market next year.