Mahindra XUV700 has gained a lot of popularity in the Indian market. The all-new XUV700 has received thousands of bookings even after the manufacturer raised the price of the car. Mahindra is yet to start the deliveries of the XUV700 but the test drives have started already. Here is an incident where the all-new Mahindra XUV700 got rear-ended by a Hyundai Creta.
The incident happened in Gujarat. However, the finer details of exactly how the accident happened are not out yet. There are several pictures of the accident posted on T-BHP and the results are quite interesting. The Hyundai Creta that bumped into the XUV700 is from the previous generation and is not the all-new Creta.
The images show Hyundai Creta’s front-end got heavily damaged during the accident. The bonnet lid of the Creta and the bumper are completely ruined. While we are not sure about the internal damages, we think that the radiator is hit too.
The same set of pictures also show that there is no visible damage on the XUV700. It is likely that the accident happened at not so high speed. However, the Creta has visibly much more damage compared to the XUV700.
All the modern vehicles have crumple zones that are designed to collapse during the accident. These zones are mostly located at the front of the car so that energy is not transferred into the cabin and hurt the passengers. These are the crumple zones of the Creta that collapsed after the accident.
On the other hand, the rear of the vehicle is designed differently with fewer crumple zones. Maybe that is the reason why XUV700 has no visible damage. Also, the bumper is made out of flexible plastic that can regain shape after deformation. The bumpers are also designed to absorb the energy from the impact.
With such damage on the Hyundai Creta, we do not see a single scratch on the XUV700’s rear, which is quite a commendable job by the vehicle.
Mahindra XUV700 tailgate made out of plastic?
Soon after Mahindra showcased the all-new XUV700, a lot of apprehensions about the plastic tailgate appeared. In fact, a lot of people decided to call the XUV700 unsafe because of the same. But is it really unsafe?
This accident is proof that the tailgate of the Mahindra XUV700 is solid as any other car. In fact, the FRP or the Fibre Reinforced Plastic used to make the tailgate of the XUV700 can cost even more than metal. So why use it? Well, there are several reasons.
FRP is much easier to shape and that is why it is used in many high-end luxury cars to give complex design shapes. Even the tailgate design of the XUV700 is quite complex. The FRP is a higher life since it can survive rusting. Also, the use of plastic reduces the weight massively, which increases the performance of the car.
Mahindra has the XUV300 in its line-up, which is a five-star rated product and the Mahindra Thar, which gets four stars from Global NCAP. While the XUV700 is yet to get ratings from GNCAP, we believe that the car will score high whenever it is tested by the global agency.