Mahindra and Mahindra, the country’s leading SUV makers plan three new car launches this year. These include the XUV700 SUV to rival Toyota Fortuner / Ford Endeavour, U321 MPV to rival Toyota Innova Crysta, and S201 compact SUV to rival Hyundai Creta. M&M is actively testing all three of these cars in various terrains our country has to offer.
The latest spy shots reveal the upcoming Mahindra XUV700 in full detail. Wearing no camouflage, except for stickers on the badge, this full-sized premium SUV was spotted by Rushlane reader Mr Ayush Singh.
Mahindra XUV700 is based on the new generation SsangYong Rexton. It enters a space currently commanded by the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour and would be priced between INR 22-25 lakhs, under-cutting both, so as to gain an advantage over its rivals.
Set to go on sale later this year, Mahindra XUV700 will be positioned above the current XUV500 in the company line-up. The 7 seater full sized SUV will receive some premium features. It will be built on an advanced Quad Frame platform using 63% high tensile steel and 1.5 Gpa giga-steel resulting in added structural strength and low body weight. Sporting 3 rows of 7 seats, the XUV700 will stand 4.85mtrs in length, 1.92 mtrs in width and 1.8 mtrs in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,865mm which is longer by 120 mm as compared to that seen on the Fortuner resulting in added interior space.
Already showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, XUV700 interiors will be seen with premium leather reclining seats with massage function, a central 9.2” monitor and 10.1” monitors behind each headrest. Communications features include Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and safety features include 9 airbags – front, front and rear, curtain and driver’s knee besides advanced emergency braking system, lane departure warning, lane change assist, traffic safety assist and high beam assist.
Mahindra XUV700 will be powered by a Euro IV compliant 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder, turbo diesel engine offering 178 bhp power and 420 Nm torque mated to a 7 speed automatic gearbox. It could also get a new 2 liter, turbocharged petrol unit. More details will be revealed closer to launch dates.