Next gen Rexton SUV for the global market, and nicknamed Mahindra XUV700, has now been spied undisguised in India once again, this time in a new blue colour.
To be positioned above XUV500 segment, XUV700 will be a challenger to Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. Built on an advanced Quad-Frame platform using 63 percent high-strength steel and 1.5 Gpa giga-steel results in structural strength and low body weight.
The full size premium SUV has 3 rows, and seats 7, and going by its platform sharing advantage, could undercut its rivals by a few lakhs. Dimensions – XUV700 will measure 4.85 m in length, 1.92 m in width, and 1.8 m in height. At 2865 mm, its wheelbase exceeds that of Fortuner by 120 mm to reveal an even more spacious interior.
Fitted with individual reclining seats with massage function, rear seats occupants will find a fully connected centre console handy. An integrated communication system features a central 9.2″ monitor, and a 10.1″ monitor in each headrest. Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto take care of digital communication needs. Exit and entry is made easy at night through a follow me type light arrangement.
Safety features on offer include nine airbags (front, front & rear side, curtain and driver’s knee), advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), lane departure warning, blind spot detection, lane change assist, traffic safety assist and high beam assistance.
The latest from the Mahindra house runs on a 181 PS 2.2-litre Euro 6 diesel engine with peak torque of 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. A 7-speed Mercedes-Benz AT is mated to the newly developed 2.0-litre GDi turbocharged petrol engine for 225 PS power, and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. More details will be revealed closer to launch. Expect a price range of Rs 20-25 lakhs, under-cutting rivals by Rs 3-5 lakhs.