10 years ago, Mahindra stunned the market with the XUV500’s pricing, which at Rs. 10.8 lakh, made it cheaper than the Honda Civics and Toyota Corolla Altis’ of the world. The result? The D-Segment sedan space is almost dead, with SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier and Kia Seltos seamlessly filling the vacuum. A full decade later, Mahindra has set the cat amongst the pigeons yet again, this time with the XUV700, and its stunning starting price of Rs. 11.99 lakh.
Yes, you’re reading right, Mahindra’s new flagship SUV – the XUV700 – starts from Rs. 11.99 lakh for the base petrol MX trim, and the diesel version of the base trim starts at Rs. 12.49 lakh. Mahindra has also released prices of a few other variants of the XUV700. The AX3 Petrol trim starts from Rs. 13.99 lakh and the AX5 trim starts from Rs. 14.99 lakh, ex-showroom India. As is the case with most Mahindra SUVs, expect a boatload of variants to be offered with the new XUV700 as well. Actual prices will be revealed in October 2021, when a full fledged commercial launch will happen.
So, what makes the 11.99 lakh starting price tag for the Mahindra XUV700 such a stunner?
Well, for starters you get a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged mStallion petrol engine that pushes out 200 PS of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The motor’s mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox, driving the front wheels of the 5 seat SUV. A 7 seat layout will be offered on the higher trims of the XUV700, which will also get 6 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes with both the turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines.
Talking of the turbo diesel motor, it’s the tried and tested 2.2 liter mHawk unit here, in its most powerful avatar, ever. The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel makes 185 Bhp-450 Nm on the new XUV700’s automatic trims, a state of tune that’s also likely to make it to the all-new Scorpio next year. On lower trims, this motor makes 155 Bhp-360 Nm and 185 Bhp-420 Nm (manual variants). Another interesting bit that a lot of enthusiasts will be looking forward to is the fact that the Mahindra XUV700 will be offered with an all wheel drive layout on higher trims. This makes it the only SUV in its segment to get an all wheel drive option.
Mahindra has also managed to squeeze in a boatload of features in the XUV700. From a massive infotainment panel that sits on the dashboard of the new SUV to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a panoramic sunroof (largest in class), wireless charger, LED headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, air purifier, leatherette upholstery and dashboard trims, an electronic parking brake to a 12 speaker Sony sound system, the XUV700 will come loaded to the gills with features and creature comforts.
The safety feature list is as impressive as ever for a Mahindra SUV, with the XUV700 getting stuff such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Brakes (AEB), lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, smart pilot assist, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness detection, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, custom voice alerts for speeding, and an electric parking brake. Even as you’re gushing over the new XUV700, CarToq is driving the SUV at Mahindra’s test track near Chennai. We’ll be able to give you our driving impressions of the XUV700 on the 18th of August, 2021 as opinions are embargoed until then. Stay tuned.