Toyota Fortuner rival Mahindra XUV700 luxury SUV SPIED without camouflage ahead of launch

Mahindra continues to test the G4 Ssangyong Rexton luxury SUV, ahead of its launch, with the Mahindra badge in India. The Ssangyong Rexton G4 will take on the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in India, and is expected to undercut both luxury SUVs. First shown at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, the G4 Ssangyong Rexton will feature Mahindra badging, and is likely to be known as the Mahindra XUV700. It’ll be a range topper in Mahindra’s line-up with a starting price of over Rs. 22 lakh. The luxury SUV will be assembled at Mahindra’s Chakan factory from imported completely knocked down (CKD) kits. Here are more spyshots.

As is evident from the spyshots, the new Mahindra XUV700 will have big street presence, for its longer and wider than the best selling Toyota Fortuner, which itself is a massive SUV. The new Mahindra measures 4,850 mm in length, 1,960 mm in width and 1,800 mm in height.

The 7-seater SUV will get leather-clad interiors, ambient lighting, and will feature a premium fit and finish. The dashboard will host a 9.1-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Passengers in the rear seats will also get entertainment screens placed on the front seat backs, AC vents and charging outlets.

Key safety features in the SUV will include nine airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), active roll-over protection, advanced emergency braking, hill descent control and ABS. It’ll be powered by a single turbocharged diesel engine option – a 2.2 litre unit that outputs 187 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. A 7-speed automatic gearbox is likely to be standard with this engine. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants are likely. The Mahindra XUV700 is likely to play the value card in the Indian market as it has to compete with rivals, such as the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, which are already well established in the luxury SUV space.

Via CarWale