Mahindra is on a roll with the all-new XUV700. After accumulating 75,000 bookings within a few hours, the crash test rating agency Global-NCAP has now certified the car with a five-star rating. This is Mahindra’s second car to get a five-star rating after the Mahindra XUV300.
Global NCAP has been awarded the five-star rating after the Mahindra XUV700 scored 16.03 out of a total of 17 points. The car’s structure is also rated as stable. The crash test also found out that the potential injuries to the front passengers also remain marginal. The car has also received the highest points ever for a child safety rating. It scored 41.66 out of a maximum of 49, the highest for any made-in-India car.
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said,
“It’s very satisfying to see Mahindra demonstrating an ongoing commitment to vehicle safety with the five-star performing XUV700. High levels of occupant protection for adults and children are important indicators of the Indian automotive market moving towards an ever higher level of consumer awareness and demand for safety.”
Base variant tested
Global NCAP tested the base variant of the Mahindra XUV700 that only gets two airbags, ABS and ISOFIX as standard. Mahindra offers as many as seven airbags with the top-end variant of the vehicle and there are features like ESC and ADAS available with the higher-end variants as well.
The crash test rating agency has recommended Mahindra to offer the side and curtain airbags as optional equipment in the lower variants to improve the safety of the occupants even further. Two cars were crash-tested at the facility since a car needs to pass the side-impact test as well. The XUV700 excelled in this department as well.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said,
“Mahindra has achieved a major milestone with this top score for adult protection and by becoming the first Indian made and owned brand to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a safety option. Making this life saving technology available is an important step in encouraging the widespread fitment of crash avoidance technologies. Mahindra is one of the leading manufacturers in India, committed to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratise vehicle safety.”
Global NCAP also tested the Autonomous Emergency Braking or AEB feature of the top-end variant of the car that gets ADAS. Even that test came as a success for both vehicles and pedestrians.
Waiting period close to one year
Mahindra XUV700’s waiting period has gone through the roof. After the Thar, the waiting period of the XUV700 is now close to one year due to high demand in the market.
The car comes with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel and a 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine. It is quick and can do 0-60 in just 5 seconds. Mahindra offers three driving modes with the all-new XUV700 that will change the behaviour of the engine. Mahindra has not revealed the official power and torque figures of the all-new XUV700.
The petrol engine generates a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. While the diesel mHawk generates a maximum of 155 PS and peak torque of 360 Nm. Mahindra has not revealed the transmission options as of now.