Mahindra is quite busy these days. The Marazzo MPV is to be launched on 3rd September, and the company has two more vehicles to launch before it can rest – the S201 and the XUV700. The S201 will be a compact SUV and the XUV700 will be the new company flagship. As the XUV700 will spearhead the company’s line-up for the next few years, let’s take a look at 10 things you may not know about it.
Not developed by Mahindra
The upcoming XUV700 is a rebadged version of the SsangYong Rexton G4. It was displayed at the 2018 Delhi auto expo with a SsangYong badge on it. Mahindra will use its own branding upon launching the vehicle in India. SsangYong is based in South Korea and is a subsidiary of Mahindra. It has already made a mark in the Indian market with the Rexton. However, due to the low popularity of the brand, Mahindra has decided to launch a rebadged product, which will have a much bigger brand appeal. This car is originally a SsangYong Rexton G4.
Will launch this year
Mahindra is planning to launch the XUV700 before the end of this year. The Ssangyong-based model is ready to roll out but Mahindra is testing and tuning the vehicle according to the needs of the Indian market. The company is also eyeing the coming festive season to launch the vehicle. It hopes to get a head start during the festive season in terms of sales.
Value for money
The XUV700 is expected to carry a very value-for-money price tag, which is a Mahindra specialty.The base variant of the car is expected to be priced at around Rs. 22 lakh, which is almost Rs. 4 lakh cheaper than the Toyota Fortuner. Mahindra will try to sell the XUV700 with value-for-money as one of its best attributes. Even though it will be the most expensive vehicle in Mahindra’s line-up, it will get enough features to offer great value for money.
Most luxurious Mahindra ever
The XUV700 will be most expensive Mahindra car ever. As the new flagship, Mahindra will try to make it the best car in its line-up, so expect luxurious interiors. The car will get wooden inserts on the dashboard and leather trims on the doors. The seats will come with diamond stitch pattern adding to the luxurious feel of the cabin.
Will get first-in-segment features
Being an Indian manufacturer Mahindra knows its customer base really well. One of the reasons why its cars sell so well is because it offers the right options for the right value. As was the case with the XUV 500, the Mahindra XUV 700 too will get a few segments-first features like ventilated and heated seats, an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat, a 6-way adjustable passenger seat and an electric tailgate.
With a host of other features too
The competition for the XUV700 is tough and Mahindra knows that. Even when it will position the car in a lower price bracket than its competition, the company is not cutting any corners. There will be projector HID headlamps, a touchscreen infotainment system, LED cornering lamps, supervision cluster with customisable MID, flat folding rear seats, 20-inch wheels, ambient lighting, LED lamps on the exterior, LED interior lamps and so on. It can be said that the XUV700 will be loaded to the brim.
A strong safety net
The Indian auto market is at last taking passenger safety seriously. Consumer awareness and government policies have turned the tide and now manufacturers are following suit. Accordingly, the XUV700 will get a host of active and passive safety features to keep its passengers safe. The top-end variant of the car will come with 9 airbags. Other safety features include ABS, EBD, hill-start, hill descent, ESP, Traction Control, Anti Roll Program and so on. The International model also gets automatic emergency braking, high beam assist and forward collision warning. These features, however, are unlikely to be seen in the Indian market.
Engine and transmission
Mahindra will use a 2.2-litre diesel engine in the upcoming XUV700 mated to a Mercedes-Benz sourced 7-speed automatic transmission. However, it is not same as the 2.2-litre mHawk that powers the XUV500. The diesel engine in the XUV700 will produce a maximum power of 179 Bhp and 420 Nm. Word is that Mahindra may not offer a manual transmission even with the base variant of the XUV 700.
Will be assembled in Chakan
As it is a SsangYong model originally, it will come all the way from SsangYong’s South Korea Plant to India. The car will be imported to the Indian market through the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route and it will be assembled at Mahindra’s Chakan plant. This will ensure minimal taxes and will enable Mahindra to price the vehicle competitively.
Will not be a hardcore off-roader
Though it is imposing and menacing to look at and includes 4WD option, the car however will not be a tough off-roader. This will be because the Mahindra XUV700 it will miss out on a low-ratio transfer case. The low-ratio transfer case is something that hard-core off-roaders rely upon for usage on difficult terrains. It is available with the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, both of them being quite good off-roaders. The XUV700 will then be a soft-roader that will take on slippery terrains like ice and slush with ease, but will not be able to cross serious obstacles like steep climbs or deep ruts with ease.