Mahindra showcased a rebadged G4 Ssangyong Rexton luxury SUV at the Indian Auto Expo, ahead of the vehicle’s official market launch in India later this year. The 7-seat SUV is likely to be called the XUV700 and will be Mahindra’s flagship offering, with a price in excess of Rs. 20 lakh.
At this price point, the XUV700 will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. However, Mahindra is likely to localize key bits of the SUV to bring down the costs. For now, the automaker has confirmed local assembly of the G5 Rexton (XUV700) at its Chakan factory. CKD kits from South Korea will be imported to India, and the vehicle will be assembled at Chakan.
Mechanically, the Mahindra XUV700 will be identical to the G4 Ssangyong Rexton, which means that it’ll use a 2.2-liter,four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine making 178 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. A 7-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes Benz will transmit torque to all four wheels of the vehicle through a four wheel drive mechanism. Mahindra is unlikely to offer a manual gearbox on the SUV although a rear wheel drive layout could be offered on the base trim to allow for an attractive price tag. The XUV700 will be feature-rich, just like the Mahindra XUV500.
The XUV700 will likely offer many upmarket features, such as – sunroof, powered front seats with ventilation, GPS navigation, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, LED DRLs, HID headlamps and dual-zone climate control. Safety will get high priority as well with features such as 9 airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, ESP and cruise control. The XUV700 is expected to feature a high level of fit and finish. Mahindra is likely to launch this SUV before Diwali this year, and pre-bookings for the same should open a few weeks ahead of the official launch.