- Mahindra unveiled the XUV400 electric SUV in September last year (2021).
- It aims to take on the market leader, the Tata Nexon EV.
- It achieved a record of driving 750 km in 24 hours in sub-zero temperatures.
Anand Mahindra has a confident reaction to the XUV400 completing a 750 km drive in sub-zero temperatures in 24 hours. Electric mobility is the name of the game and India is getting its fair share of EVs from the largest Indian carmakers – Tata Motors and Mahindra. Mahindra might be lagging a bit but it already showcased its future range of EVs last year on Independence Day. The first product among those is the XUV400 EV, which is based on the already successful XUV300 compact SUV. However, the former will be significantly larger than the ICE counterpart. Let us take a look at this latest achievement.
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Mahindra XUV400 Sub-Zero Drive
Mahindra XUV400 was taken on an endurance test in the sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas. The drive started from the harsh but beautiful landscapes of Kyelang (Keylong), Lahaul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. It falls on the Manali-Leh highway and is among the most treacherous (in terms of cold) but the most visited Himalayan terrains in the country. The XUV400 was able to complete 750 km in just 24 hours. Anand Mahindra was quoted saying, “More records to be broken in future…”
The XUV400 is an EV which is why the tax rebate under 4 m in length isn’t valid for it. Hence, the length of the SUV is 4.2 m which liberates acres of space inside the cabin of the electric SUV. That remedies the only issue that the regular XUV300 has, which is the boot space. The XUV400 features a healthy boot space of 378 litres. Therefore, it will have an edge over the Nexon EV in terms of almost everything.
The XUV400 will come with a 39.4 kWh IP67-rated LFP battery powering the electric motor that will produce a healthy 150 hp and 310 Nm of peak power and torque. These figures will allow a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of around 8.3 seconds which is very impressive. The top speed is limited to around 150 km/h. More importantly, the range of the XUV400 is rated at 456 km in ideal conditions. Using the 50 kW DC fast charger, the 0-80% comes up in just 50 mins, while the standard 3.3 kW/16 A domestic socket will fill up the juice from 0-100% in 13 hours. If Mahindra is able to price it attractively, it could challenge the leadership position of the Nexon EV.