There have been massive happenings at Mahindra lately with the company deciding to expand its XUV family to almost every segment in our market. There was news about the more powerful XUV300, the Creta-rivalling 5-seater XUV500, the upcoming 7-seater XUV700 and the Coupe SUV XUV900 by 2024. Clearly, Mahindra has a product offensive strategy and the body type they are focussing on is SUV. With all these products in the market in a couple of years, Mahindra will be present in every sub-segment of SUVs. The earliest SUV that we might see from the list above is the XUV700, which is slated for launch around the festive season of 2021. It will replace the XUV500 in that it will be the new 7-seater SUV from Mahindra. The XUV500 will most likely continue from now on as a 5-seater SUV that will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Let us take a look at what the spy shots of the XUV700 tell us.
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Mahindra XUV700- Spy Shots
The spy shots clearly reveal the headlamps unit of the XUV700 which will be a large C-shaped LED luster. The spy shots also reveal that the dimensions of the Mahindra XUV700 are more or less similar to the XUV500 but being based on a completely new platform it might well be larger in overall dimensions than the current-gen XUV500. The new platform will also allow the XUV700 to have off-roading capabilities with a 4×4 drive system. The exteriors have been heavily camouflaged but some highlights can be deduced from the spy images. This includes dual-tone alloy wheels, large overhangs signifying the size of the SUV, chrome beltline running across the lower end of the window line, rear spoiler and top mount stop lamp with a rear wiper and shark fin antenna. The front end is not visible in the spy shots but we expect a bold look as is the case with all the other SUVs from Mahindra’s design house.
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Mahindra XUV700- Expected Interiors and Features
The Mahindra XUV700 is expected to be packed with features upto the brim. Rumours also suggest that the Mahindra XUV700 might feature a Mercedes-Benz inspired free standing connected touchscreen infotainment display and instrument cluster with all the connectivity features including Apple CarPlay and Android along with Bluetooth Connectivity, new dashboard design, high-quality cabin materials, Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control, Multi-purpose Steering Wheel, Panoramic Sunroof, convenience features for the second and the third-row passengers. The safety aspect will be taken care of as is always the case with Mahindra. Also, there might be ADAS (Advanced Driver Assitance System) features in the upcoming Mahindra XUV700. This might include EMergency Automatic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Fatigue Warning SYstem and much more.
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Mahindra XUV700- Expected Engines, Transmissions, Prices & Rivals
The new Mahindra XUV700 might feature both the powertrains options including the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with direct injection technology from Mahindra’s very own mStallion range of engines and a 2.2-litre tried and tested diesel engine from Mahindra that we have also seen in various products in the past. There will be a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission option and an all-wheel system can also be incorporated. The new platform supports the incorporation of the 4×4 system which will lend great off-roading capabilities to the XUV700. The prices range might be somewhere between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 22 lakh, ex-showroom. The rivals of the Mahindra XUV700 will include Tata Safari, MG Hector and the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar.
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