Mahindra XUV700 spied testing all wheel drive in the desert heat

All new Mahindra XUV700 is due for launch in some weeks. Images - Raghuveer Singh Bhati / 4x4 India on Facebook.

Mahindra and Mahindra, leading SUV makers in the country, showcased their new flagship SUV, the XUV700 at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. Set to go on sale later this year and to be positioned above the Mahindra XUV500, it has now been spied testing in the desert heat, where surface temperatures are over 45 degrees C.

Mahindra XUV700 is built on a ladder frame chassis. It will measure 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width and 1,825mm in height. It will get a wheelbase measuring 2,865mm and ground clearance that will be significantly more than the Fortuner. The rugged SUV gets exterior design inspiration from the SsangYong new ‘Dignified Motion’ philosophy.

It shares some design elements from the LIV-2 concept showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and gets chrome accents in the front, a new grille, distinguished headlamps with LED DRLs and a large bumper. Rugged alloy wheels, massive wheel arches, sharp crease lines and a sloping roofline are also noted. The rear end sports LED rear lights, roof integrated spoiler with high mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights.

Quality interiors see Nappa leather seats and leather paneled door trims. Seating is ventilated and interiors receive dual zone climate controls. Its features also include electric sunroof, 8” touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Cruise control, rain sensing wipers and GPS navigation along with safety features such as 9 air bags, ABS, EBD, ESP and traction control and a 360 degree camera are also noted in the interiors of the XUV700.

Mahindra XUV700 will be powered by a powerful 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder, turbo diesel engine. This engine on the Rexton offers 178 bhp power and 420 Nm torque. The engine on the XUV700 could come in mated to a 6 speed manual and 7 speed automatic transmissions both of which support rear wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts. Upon launch, the XUV700 will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.

The Mahindra XUV700 will be assembled in India. It will receive many localized parts which would contribute to keeping costs low and prices are expected to range between INR 20-25 lakhs. It will compete with the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner, undercutting both these rivals on the cost factor.