A test mule of the Mahindra XUV.e8, the first vehicle to be launched under Mahindra’s electric revolution, was recently spotted during an open trial, and an image of it has been circulating on the internet. The new XUV.e8, compared to the concept model showcased by Mahindra last year, has undergone several changes as seen in the spy shots.
Although the Mahindra XUV.e8 captured by MotorBeam was heavily camouflaged, certain visible details indicate the significant changes made by Mahindra for the production version. Unlike the distinct front fascia featured in the concept model, the production model of the Mahindra XUV.e8 will have a more conventional design resembling that of the XUV700.
The radical closed grille and headlamp design seen in the concept model have been replaced. Instead, the test mule of the XUV.e8 features a front fascia similar to the XUV700, with vertical slats on the closed grille at the center and C-shaped all-LED headlamps. The front bumper of the XUV.e8 has also been shared with the XUV700, including the slim housings for the fog lamps.
Similar to the XUV400, the Mahindra XUV.e8 will showcase copper-colored highlights, likely on the vertical slats of the front grille, fog lamp housings, wheel caps, and front and rear profiles. While many all-electric models use blue-colored highlights to signify their electric nature, Mahindra’s choice of copper-colored highlights adds a unique touch.
Cabin not revealed yet
The interior of the Mahindra XUV.e8 has not been revealed in the leaked images, but it is expected to be similar to that of the XUV700. The new XUV.e8 will be based on an all-new born-electric INGLO platform developed in collaboration with Volkswagen. This platform will serve as the foundation for Mahindra’s range of electric vehicles, which were showcased in concept form last year.
Compared to the XUV700, with which it shares much of its design, the Mahindra XUV.e8 will have slightly larger dimensions, measuring 4740mm in length, 1900mm in width, and 1760mm in height. It will feature a larger 60-80 kWh battery pack, surpassing the 39.5 kWh battery of the XUV400. This upgraded battery pack is expected to provide a real-world range of 400-450 km. Once launched, the Mahindra XUV.e8 will compete with the Tata Harrier electric, another electric vehicle showcased at the Auto Expo 2023 and scheduled for an earlier release.