Upcoming Mahindra XUV700 starts testing in India

Mahindra XUV 700, a rebadged version of the SsangYong Rexton G4, will be launched in India later this year. It will become the flagship SUV of the brand and Mahindra officially unveiled the car at the 2018 Auto Expo. For the first time, the car has been caught testing on Indian roads.

The test mule is an international version of the SUV. The Indian version that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo gets a different vertical slat grille finished in two-tone. It means that Mahindra is currently testing the international version of the vehicle and it will be quite similar to the Indian spec car. Mahindra will import the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits of the SUV from SsangYong, South Korea, and assemble it in India. The Indian assembly will bring down the price by a good amount and will allow Mahindra to aggressively price the vehicle.

Since, it will be a rebadging job, it is possible that Mahindra will continue to test the vehicle in India with the hidden SsangYong badge and grille, and will add the Mahindra grille and monikers at the time of the launch. Mahindra has not confirmed the name of the upcoming flagship but there is a major chance that the XUV 700 name will be used to identify the vehicle in the market.

The XUV 700 will be powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine but it is not same as the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. It gets a maximum power output of 178 Bhp and 420 nm. It gets a 7-speed transmission sourced from Mercedes-Benz too. Mahindra also offers a 6-speed manual transmission in the international market but we are not sure if it will come to the Indian market.

There will be a long list of features though. To start with, the driver seat will be electrically adjusted and gets memory function. The leather seats are heated and ventilated for greater comfort. The SUV also gets an electric tailgate, touchscreen infotainment system, HID projector headlamps, 8-inch infotainment system, dual zone climate control, 9 airbags and much more.

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