Indian automotive giant Mahindra & Mahindra is readying its largest ever SUV for the general public in India before the Dusshera-Diwali festive season. The new Mahindra SUV, which is based on the G4 Rexton by the carmaker’s South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong, could bear the XUV700 badge. The Mahindra XUV700 has now been spotted testing under high altitude conditions near Gurudwara Pathar Sahib on the Srinagar Leh Highway by Carwale.
While most spy photos and official photos of the upcoming large SUV does not truly convey its size, we believe this photo definitely does that. Despite a greyish blue colour which does not really work in photos, the SUV comes across as huge!
The new XUV700 will be the utility vehicle that Mahindra will be launching this festive season and is expected to hit showrooms after the arrival of the Marazzo, that will be challenging the Toyota Innova in the large MPV market. The XUV700, on the other hand, will rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in the full-size SUV segment.
The Mahindra XUV700 is in basic terms a rebadged G4 Rexton, an SUV that was launched by Ssangyong in international markets in 2017. Mahindra has tweaked the Rexton’s design, to match its lineup, though the only major change seen in the spy pics seem to be the addition of the Mahindra vertical slat grille up front.
Underneath the botox job XUV700 body, sits Ssangyong’s new body-on-frame platform. The new platform makes use of materials like advance high strength steel to help reduce the SUV’s weight when compared to previous-gen Rexton while increasing the strength of the new vehicle. The Rexton SUV is 4,850mm long, 1,960mm wide and 1,825mm tall and the wheelbase of the SUV is 2,865mm long. The rebadged Rexton for India, which was recently showed to dealers in India, will be a seven-seater SUV.
The new XUV700 will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 181hp under the Rexton’s bonnet. The diesel engine comes paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission from Mercedes and Mahindra is expected to offer the new SUV with a 6-speed manual as well. Also expected to arrive under the bonnet of Mahindra’s rebadged Rexton is a retuned version of the 2.2-litre petrol engine being offered with the XUV500. Mahindra is also expected to offer the part-time four-wheel-drive system with some of the variants of its new flagship SUV.
The Mahindra XUV700 is also expected to retain the host of safety features found on the Rexton, which include nine airbags, Autonomous Emergency Brake System, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, High Beam Assist, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and many others when it arrives in a few months’ time in India. The Ssangyong G4 Rexton was awarded a safety rating of Grade 1 (5 Stars) in the Korean NCAP safety rating tests.