Mahindra XUV700’s booster headlamps teased: Launch just weeks away

Mahindra XUV 700 is soon going to soon launch in the Indian market. The XUV 700 will be going against the MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari. The manufacturer earlier released a teaser video of the XUV 700. The video did not really show much about the SUV nor did it revealed any features. Now, a new video has been released by Mahindra that shows a new feature that they are calling “booster headlamps”. The video shows the top view of XUV 700 that too during night time. So, still, nothing is clear about the design of the SUV.

The video explains how the booster headlamps work. When it is dark and the SUV crosses 80 kmph, the extra lights automatically turn on. This helps the driver in looking further away helping in increasing visibility. Mahindra calls this Auto Booster Headlamps. It is still not clear where the extra set of lights has been placed. But this does feel like a good feature. We would have to wait until the SUV actually launches so that we can test out this feature.

The XUV 700 has been spotted on test with two headlamp setups. The first one was quite simple with a rectangular LED headlamp and the fog lamps mounted in the lower half of the bumper. The second headlamp setup is quite unique. It has a rectangular headlamp but there is an extension that makes the headlamp C-shaped. The extension is not for foglamps because they are mounted separately. We do know that this C-shape piece might house the LED Daytime Running Lamp.

ARAI failed XUV 700’s headlamp

Mahindra XUV700’s booster headlamps teased: Launch just weeks away

What we also know is that Mahindra will offer the XUV 700 with HID and LED headlamp setup. The ARAI or Automotive Research Association of India initially failed the HID setup of the XUV 700. The high beam of the HID unit was deemed to be too powerful for blinding for the oncoming traffic. So, it seems like the powerful HID units will turn on only when the vehicle crosses 80 kmph which will usually happen when you are driving on a highway.

Engine and Transmission

The XUV 700 is confirmed to come with a petrol and a diesel engine. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As confirmed by Mahindra XUV 700’s website, the SUV will be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Mahindra XUV700’s booster headlamps teased: Launch just weeks away

There will be a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine and a 2.0-litre turbocharged mStallion petrol engine that will have direct injection. The petrol engine will produce around 190 PS of max power and  380 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine on the other hand is expected to set a new benchmark in terms of refinement and driveability.

Mahindra XUV700’s booster headlamps teased: Launch just weeks away

The diesel engine is being tested in three power outputs. There is 180 bhp, 190 bhp and 210 bhp. The 210 bhp produces 450 Nm of peak torque. This tune of the engine may be offered with the higher variants or with the facelift. It is likely that Mahindra will go for a 180 bhp tune that should produce around 380 Nm of peak torque.

Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)