Mahindra has greenlit the XUV900 Coupe project. The coupe SUV will be the flagship for the homegrown manufacturer. The XUV900 is still in the early stages of development so there won’t be any tests mules on the roads. However, ram87pune from T-Bhp has reported some new information about the XUV900 Coupe.
According to ram87pune sources, there will be major changes to the suspension setup of the XUV900. There are chances that Mahindra might end up using a double-wishbone setup. Because of this, the XUV900 could feel more stable than the XUV700. However, double-wishbone setups are costly so they will increase the price of the SUV.
Mahindra’s new twin peaks logo will sit flush with the tailgate of the XUV900. The logo might also double up as a boot opening lever as we have seen on Volkswagen Polo. Moreover, the rearview camera will also sit behind the logo. So, when the driver engages in reverse gear, the logo will pop up. This type of design is also used on some Volkswagen cars. Also, it helps in protecting the camera from dust and debris.
The boot space of XUV900 is expected to be somewhere around 700 litres which is a lot. So, expect the SUV to be quite practical despite having a sloping roofline. Moreover, the roofline will drop sharply after the C-pillar so that the rear occupants do not have to compromise on their headroom. This might seem like a good idea but according to ram87pune’s source, this is giving an awkward side profile to the first prototype that has been built. So, Mahindra still needs to figure out a way to integrate the coupe look with the SUV. XUV900 Coupe’s design will be made at the Mahindra Automotive Design Europe (M.A.D.E) studio located in Europe.
We already know that the XUV900 will be using the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that we have seen on the XUV700. However, it will be in its most powerful state of tune because it will be using a twin-scroll turbocharger. The engine will produce 210 bhp of max power but we still do not know the torque output. According to the rumours, Mahindra will stop developing diesel engines after this. They will only work on petrol engines and electric powertrains only.
Mahindra could also offer the XUV900 Coupe with the 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine that we have seen on the XUV700. It already produces 200 Ps of max power and 380 Nm of peak torque. We do not know whether Mahindra will be retuning the petrol engine or not.
What happened to XUV Aero Concept?
We first saw the coupe version of the XUV500 at the Auto Expo 2016. It was showcased with suicide doors and frameless door design. However, it never made it to production. Mahindra scrapped the project because they had to sell a minimum of 2,000 units of it at a price of Rs. 20 lakhs. This would have been very difficult at that time. However, since then the market has been developed quite a bit. In fact, it was Mahindra XUV500 that killed the C-segment sedans and now SUV sells like hotcakes. So, the XUV900 Coupe SUV can now be a success.