Mahindra Scorpio has been part of the Indian government and police force for quite a long time. However, now the Scorpio has started to show its age and will soon be replaced with a new generation. Mahindra has launched the all-new XUV700 in the Indian market. Here, we have a rendering of the XUV700 as a police vehicle. The rendering has been done by XLR8 and the picture is shared on Instagram.
We can see that the SUV is finished in white colour with a red and blue livery of police vehicles. This helps in recognizing the police car easily. It also gets a Police decal on the side, on the bonnet and on the windshield. There are also blue and red lights added on the roof.
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The XUV700 is the latest offering from Mahindra. It starts at Rs. 12.49 lakhs ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 22.99 lakhs ex-showroom. Its main rivals are Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus and Tata Safari. However, because of its pricing, it also has to compete against the higher variants of Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
There are two trims of the XUV700. There is MX and AX. The MX trim is only offered as a 5 seater. Then there is AX3 and AX5 that are offered as 5-seater or 7-seater. The top-end AX7 and AX7 Luxury Pack are offered only as a 7-seater.
The Luxury Pack is offered only with the AX7 variant. It adds 3D Sony Sound System with roof-mounted speakers which are expected to be the best in the class. Then there is a 360-degree parking camera which can be very helpful while parking in tight spaces. It also gets Adaptive Cruise Control for automatic transmission. There is also Blind View Monitoring, knee airbag, vanity mirror illumination, wireless charger, telescopic adjustment for the steering and an electronic parking brake.
Engine and gearbox
Mahindra is offering a petrol engine as well as a diesel engine with the XUV700. The 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine produces 200 PS of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine is offered in two states of tune. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. In MX variants, the engine produces 155 PS of max power and 360 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a manual gearbox.
Then there is the more powerful state of tune which is offered with the rest of the variants. The engine produces 185 PS of max power and 420 Nm of peak torque. If you opt for the automatic transmission, then the torque output is increased to 450 Nm.
The diesel automatic is also offered with an all-wheel drive powertrain. However, it is not a proper 4×4 drivetrain like we have seen on the Mahindra Thar. Instead, it is made for soft-roading. It can still come in handy when there are tricky situations where tyres can lose traction. For instance, icy or muddy surfaces.