Mahindra XUV700 is currently offered as a 5-seater or a 7-seater SUV. However, there can be a 6-seater option of the XUV700 also in the future. The AdrenoX application of Mahindra shows a picture of XUV700 as a 6-seater vehicle. The picture is of a top-down view where we can clearly see two captain seats for the second row instead of a bench seat.
If this happens, the six-seater version of the XUV700 will be the most expensive one. It will also be reserved for the top-end variants. So, it will be offered with the AX7 and AX7 L variants. The AX7 is already quite expensive as it starts at Rs. 17.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
Long waiting periods
XUV700’s waiting period has already exceeded 1.5 years for some variants. You would have to wait at least 6 to 7 months for the base MX variant. The long waiting periods are because of huge demand and a severe shortage of semiconductors. Mahindra has already lost production of 32,000 units of production because of this.
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Mahindra might launch new variant to reduce waiting period
Many dealerships have reported that Mahindra will be launching a new variant which will be called AX7 S or AX7 Smart. It will slot between AX7 and AX7 L. It will be pitched to the customers who have booked the AX7 L variant. If the customer decides to downgrade the variant, the waiting time for the variant will be reduced. Moreover, they will also be able to save money. Mahindra will offer the AX7 S in all four configurations. It would be offered with a petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel-manual and diesel-automatic. Till now, there has been no official confirmation by Mahindra.
The AX7 Smart will miss out on the Advanced Driver Assistance System, Electronic Stability Program, Knee airbag, drive modes, electronic parking brake, motorized door handles, driver drowsiness system, passive keyless entry and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel.
It will continue to come with features like LED headlamps with auto booster function, LED Daytime Running Lamps, sequential LED turn indicators, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, Alexa integration, 360-degree parking camera, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electric adjustment for the driver seat with memory function, cornering lamps and much more. It will also continue to come with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As of now, the XUV700 is offered in two trims. There is MX and AX. The AX trim is further divided into four variants. There is AX3, AX5, AX7 and AX7 L.
Engine and gearbox
XUV700 is offered with a petrol engine as well as a diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 200 PS and 380 Nm. The diesel engine produces 185 PS and upto 450 Nm on AX trim. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. On MX trim, the diesel engine puts out 155 PS and 360 Nm. It comes mated to only a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Prices and rivals
Mahindra XUV700 starts at Rs. 12.49 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 22.99 lakhs ex-showroom. The XUV700 competes against MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari and the recently unveiled Kia Carens.
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