Mahindra’s next big launch for the Indian car market this year is the XUV700 luxury SUV. The Mahindra XUV700 is a rebadged Ssangyong Rexton G4, and will sit in the Toyota Fortuner segment. The XUV700 badge is tentative and Mahindra is yet to officially name the upcoming SUV, which is expected to be launched by the end of this year. New spyshots show a range of features, interiors and exteriors of the India-spec Mahindra XUV700.
As seen in the spyshots, the Mahindra XUV700 will feature luxurious interiors, probably the best-ever seen on a Mahindra vehicle. The luxury SUV will get a two tone, leather clad dashboard and seats. It’ll also have a best-in-class 7 speed automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz. Notably, the SUV could be automatic-only, as the buying preference in the higher segments points overwhelmingly towards automatic cars.
The Mahindra XUV700 will be powered by a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine. This 4 cylinder motor will make 189 Bhp-420 Nm, figures comparable to those offered by the Toyota Fortuner, and the Ford Endeavour 2.2. The Mercedes-Benz connection to the Mahindra XUV700 is due to the fact that the previous generation Ssangyong Rexton was based on the previous-generation Mercedes Benz ML-Class SUV.
The Mahindra XUV700 will have massive street presence, and is even larger than the Toyota Fortuner. In terms of dimensions, the new luxury SUV measures 4,850 mm in length, 1,920 mm in width, 1,800 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,865 mm.
The SUV is codenamed the Y400, and will be feature rich, both in safety terms and creature comforts. As for pricing, it is expected to undercut the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, with prices starting from about Rs 24 lakhs. The Mahindra XUV700 will be assembled at the automaker’s Chakan factory near Pune through the completely-knocked-down (CKD) kit route.
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