Mahindra has been working on the new 7-seater SUV XUV700 which is going to replace the existing XUV500 in their portfolio. The brand has decided to reintroduce the XUV500 as a 5-seater by 2024-25. The new 7-seater has been spotted multiple times testing and it is in its final stages of testing. The SUV which was supposed to be launched in the first half of 2021 was delayed due to the PAndemic. Reports say that the company will make a global debut of the XUV700 in September-October 2021. Mahindra is making the XUV700 larger and more premium than the current XUV500 7-seater.
Mahindra XUV700: Design
Even with the heavy camouflage on the car, we can see some design elements placed on the exterior. The overall design makes it aggressive, especially the 6 slats grille in the front and the slightly lowered stance with the new headlight and L shaped LED DRL. You can also spot the small air dam that is down the bumper between both the fog lamps. Mahindra has used a new design for the door handles that sit flush with the bodywork and also helps in a nice smooth airflow. We expect wrap-around horizontal tail lamps in the rear end.
Like the exterior, Mahindra has decided to give the car a new interior design as well. It is seen with a dual-tone black and beige colour combination. To give it a premium feel the car is provided with soft-touch materials for all the touchpoints. Inspired by Mercedes, the XUV700 will feature a huge dual touchscreen spread across the dashboard. One is for the infotainment system and the other is for the driver’s instrument cluster.
Mahindra without a doubt has loaded the car with tons of features. It gets smartphone connectivity, connected car tech, electronic parking brake, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, hill hold assist, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, voice commands and more. It will also come with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), a segment-first feature. The XUV700 will be offered in a 6-seat layout and a 7-seat layout option.
The engine option will be limited to one petrol and one diesel engine. The 2.0L petrol engine is capable of making 188bhp and 380Nm of peak torque. The 2.2L diesel motor is rumoured to be tested in 180, 190 and 210 bhp state of tune. The 210bhp configure state produces a peak torque of 450Nm and is expected to be offered only for the top variant. It is also expected to feature a mild hybrid system for better efficiency and improved emissions. As for the transmission, both these engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox as optional.
The most awaited SUV from the homegrown Mahindra is expected to be priced between Rs. 15lakh and Rs. 22 lakh ex-showroom. The all-new Mahindra XUV700 will be placed to rival against the Tata Safari, MG Hector plus, Toyota Innova Crysta, and the all-new Hyundai Alcazar. Mahindra is also preparing the next generation Scorpio which is also rumoured to be launched by the end of 2021 or early 2022.