Mahindra has been focused on adding new car models to its portfolio and updating few existing models. This time it’s the XUV900 and Mahindra have given the green light to it. Out of the 4 new names registered under the brands XUV lineup, XUV 900 will be the name given to the brands first SUV coupe. The car was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo as the Mahindra Aero.
Much like the design borrowed from the XUV700, XUV900 will also borrow some of the features, equipment and powertrain from its sibling. The SUV coupe has been in the market for quite some time now with BMW introducing the body style back in 2008 with the X6. From then we have seen some SUV models from BMW getting the SUV coupe styling. Mahindra was not confident of the business case back in 2016 when it launched the concept back in 2016. The idea was put on hold as the company would require a minimum sales of 2,000 units per month for it to sustain itself. Now the company is confident of turning an idea into reality.
Design and engine options
Internally codenamed W620, the XUV900 is still on the drawing board. The 2016 showcased Aero concept was based on the ongoing XUV500, however, the coupe will now share some bits from the upcoming XUV700. Design-wise the car will look similar till the B pillar of XUV700, we can expect some changes to the front profile. Other common parts both these cars will share is the front fender, hood and front doors. Some features on the Aero Concept will not make it to the production version. Like the suicide doors, the production version will have conventional hinged doors. It could also miss on the pillarless doors seen on the concept.
We could expect the same interiors from XUV700 to be carried over to the coupe. But to differentiate the cabin could be made more premium with different materials and adding some more features. The infotainment unit is also expected to be improved vastly with a new UI/UX. Mahindra will make use of the same engines from the XUV700 to the XUV900 coupe. The 2.0L mStallion turbo petrol engine and the 2.2L mHawk diesel engine. Both these are offered in either 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission.
The XUV900 is still in the design phase and hence it is expected to hit the showroom by 2024. Mahindra was aiming to price the car at 20L ex-showroom with an expected sales of 2,000 units per month. The lower price point and design could be the key to attract more buyers. Also, the car is likely to be designed out of the brand’s new design studio in Europe called the Mahindra Automotive Design Europe (M.A.D.E)