It was only recently that we broke the news to you about the new AX7 Smart variant that Mahindra has been contemplating for the new XUV700. This new variant of the Mahindra XUV700 is expected to miss out on autonomous driving assistance system (ADAS) features and will be priced below the regular AX7 variant. Now, according to a recent development, we have got our hands on more information shared by Car Blog India on the new AX7 Smart variant of the XUV700.
In a circular released for the sales consultants of Mahindra, it is mentioned that the ADAS is not the only feature that is going to be omitted from the AX7 for the new AX7 Smart variant. There are some other features, which will be given a miss for the new variant, including electronic stability program, hill hold assist, hill descent control, driver knee airbag, drive modes, electronic parking brake, wireless charger for smartphones, electronic door handles with passive keyless entry, telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel and driver drowsiness detection.
A majority of the features mentioned above do require complex electronics and circuits using semiconductor chips, for which there is a massive supply shortage going on globally. To reduce the load of the waiting period and booking backlog, Mahindra has taken this step to offer a variant below the top-spec AX7. This new AX7 Smart variant is for those who want the feel of having a top-end variant but can live without these exclusive and premium features.
Other features to remain the same
Apart from the features mentioned above, the new AX7 variant of the Mahindra XUV700 will retain other highlights of the AX7 variant. On the outside, the new variant will come with 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, manually operated flush-type smart door handles, all-LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs and auto-booster function, LED tail lamps, sequential LED turn indicators and front and rear fog lamps.
On the inside, the new AX7 Smart variant will come equipped with features like a panoramic sunroof, dual HD super-screen including a 10.25-inch TFT instrument console and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Sony 3D audio with 12 speakers, AdrenoX connect with a 2-year free subscription, built-in Alexa integration, 360-degree camera, wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, push start-stop button, 6-way powered driver’s seat with memory function, valet mode, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers. The safety equipment list includes the basics like the front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, reverse parking sensors and cornering lamps.
The new AX7 Smart variant will be available with all the powertrain and transmission options currently on offer with the XUV700. The 2.0-litre petrol engine makes 200 PS of power and 380 Nm of torque, while the 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 185 PS of power and 420 Nm of torque (450 Nm in automatic version). Like in the AX7 variant, these engine options will be on sale with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox choices.