New SsangYong Rexton (Mahindra XUV700) leaked ahead of debut
Mahindra is working on a new flagship SUV. This new SUV is internally codenamed as Y400. Launch is expected to take place within 2 years.
At the Paris Motor Show last year, Mahindra’s subsidiary SsangYong showcased a new concept called LIV-2 (Limitless Interface Vehicle). This was nothing but the basis of what will be later known as new generation Rexton SUV. Due to be revealed officially in a few days, the first photos of this new Rexton have now leaked on to the internet.
Earlier this year we had reported that it is this very same SUV (new gen Rexton) which will also be sold in India as the new Mahindra flagship. A new report has revealed that the code name of this flagship Mahindra is Y400.
How big is Mahindra XUV700 (Y400)
This new Mahindra flagship SUV will sit above the XUV500 in the company line-up and could be christened as the XUV700 upon launch (which is expected to take place within 2 years). A full-size premium SUV with 3 rows and seating for 7, will be positioned in such a way that it rivals the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. In fact, the report adds that the new Mahindra XUV700 will undercut the two rivals by about 4-5 lakhs.
Based on the LIV-2 (XUV700) concept, the SsangYong Y400 will measure is 4.85 m long, 1.92 m wide, and 1.8 m tall. It has a wheelbase of 2865 mm, which is 120 mm more than that of Fortuner, thereby resulting in more interior space. The flagship Mahindra will not only beat rivals in terms of space, but also in terms of features.
For example, the LIV-2 concept is considered, it gets features like – individual seats, and a fully connected centre console for rear seat occupants. Seats recline, and feature massage function. An integrated communication system features a central 9.2″ monitor and 10.1″ monitor in each headrest. Connectivity is boosted through Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car illuminates the path for passengers approaching or leaving the car at night. Luxury is a high priority for a chauffeur driven limousine experience.
On safety front, the concept is loaded with features like 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, safety is a focus area.
Speaking about engine options, the new SsangYong Y400 gets power from the 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 automatic transmission is mated to the newly developed 2.0-liter GDi turbocharged petrol engine that returns 225 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
On the design front, SsangYong LIV-2 concept upholds the automaker’s design philosophy, Nature-born 3Motion. Up front, LIV-2 grille and headlights seamlessly come together. Coherent, and bold, the matte white body and white-ish interior insist on futuristic notions. White, specific, and in place. The car rides on an advanced Quad-Frame platform which is built using 63 percent high-strength steel and 1.5 Gpa giga-steel. This results in high structural strength and low body weight.
SsangYong CEO Johng-sik Choi said that LIV-2 showcases our luxurious approach to the extremely popular SUV concept, while also applying advanced technologies and high levels of safety. The company is confident that this will be yet another landmark vehicle that takes the brand to the next level.