Mahindra XUV.e8 electric SUV is based on the XUV700 and will likely launch in the last quarter of 2024
Recently, Mahindra gave us a glimpse of 3 of its upcoming electric SUVs – the XUV.e8, XUV.e9, and BE.05. The trio was seen testing in Chennai with full camouflage and achieving speeds of over 200 km/h. Now, we have another sighting of the Mahindra XUV.e8. A test mule of what is essentially the Mahindra XUV700 EV has been caught parked alongside other Mahindra products. The latest sighting offers us some interesting insights into the forthcoming three-row electric SUV.
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Latest Sighting Reveals Same Body-shell as Mahindra XUV700
The fresh spy pics seen here are courtesy of Carversal. Even though the test mule features heavy camouflage, it looks like the e-SUV is now a step closer to production. A close look reveals that the body-shell is the same as that of the XUV700 but the upcoming EV would get new soft parts at its terminal ends. The fenders, doors, hood, et al, though, remain the same. Still, the XUV.e8 would have a distinct identity due to new all-lED headlamps and taillamps along with a new grille. The front-end could even have a LED DRL strip running between the headlamps. Even the rear, the SUV could get a connecting strip between the taillamps. The side profile will feature new design alloy wheels.
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Changes could be more prominent on the inside. The recent spy pics show a major enhancement over the XUV700. The XUV.e8 boasts a distinctive interior layout with a three-screen configuration on the dashboard. This is like the Hyperscreen layout of Mercedes-Benz EVs. Additionally, the SUV will even have a two-spoke steering wheel similar to the one seen on the new Nexon.
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Additional interior modifications, evident in the spy shots, encompass a glossy black surface on the lower center console, equipped with touch-sensitive controls for climate management and various functions. The lower center console bears a resemblance to that of the Mahindra XUV700. It features a conventional automatic gear lever for selecting drive modes and an additional round knob for adjusting drive settings in the Mahindra XUV.e8.
Mahindra XUV.e8 Specifications
Mahindra XUV.e8 (XUV700 EV) will have an 80 kWh battery pack and an all-wheel-drive system. The powertrain will have a dual-motor arrangement, delivering a collective output of 230 PS and 350 Nm. This marks the inaugural all-electric model under the XUV.e platform, anticipated to hit the market by the end of 2024, positioning itself as a competitor to the Tata Harrier.EV.
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