The Mahindra XUV700 luxury SUV will be launched in India on the 9th of October, 2018. Codenamed the Y400, the SUV is a rebadged version of the Ssangyong Rexton G4. While Mahindra is yet to finalise the market name of this SUV, the XUV700 moniker has stuck ever since it was announced for the Indian market.
The SUV will take on the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Considering the fact that Mahindra is the latest entrant in this segment, it is likely to price the XUV700 competitively, since it needs a good proposition to differentiate itself from its established competitors.
In other words, we expect the Mahindra XUV700 to undercut competition in a big way, selling at about Rs. 25 lakhs, a good Rs. 2 lakhs cheaper than the Fortuner/Endeavour. This pricing advantage could help the XUV700 be noticed by luxury SUV buyers.
To keep the price low, Mahindra is said to have localised many parts of the SUV, which will be assembled at the automaker’s Chakan factory through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. While the price is likely to be lower than that of its competitors, the SUV will be comparable to its rival offerings in terms of size, engine outputs and features.
The XUV700 will be powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 187 Bhp-420 Nm outputs. A 7 -speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes Benz is likely to be offered as standard across variants.
Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive layouts will be on offer, although the XUV700 is expected to be more of a soft-roader than other SUVs in its segment. As for seating, there will be seven seats clad in leather. The Mahindra XUV700 will be one of the largest SUVs in its class with dimensions of 4,850 mm length, 1,960 mm width, 1,825 mm height and a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. As for features, the SUV will get projector headlamps, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree parking camera, 7.0-inch LCD instrument cluster, cooled-and-powered front seats and a smart tailgate.