If online rumours are anything to go by, we might see a new AX7 Smart variant on the Mahindra XUV700 soon. The XUV700 has witnessed some unprecedented numbers when it comes to bookings. Having garnered over 70,000 bookings within the first month of launch, the deliveries are going to take a long time making the customers a bit frustrated. There have been quite a few customers expressing their angst after getting delivery dates well over 8-10 months even after booking the SUV on the first day. To tackle such issues, Mahindra might soon introduce the new AX7 Smart variant of the XUV700 without the ADAS features. This might help the production by virtue of not making use of too many semiconductor chips. This could be the resource management technique adopted by the company Mahindra has consulted to ensure smooth and rapid deliveries to the customers.
Mahindra XUV700 AX7 New Variant
According to this post of the Mahindra XUV700 Owners’ Club page on Facebook, a certain member has shared that Mahindra might launch the new variant without ADAS features due to the semiconductor chip shortage. This trim will be available at a lower price point, obviously. The major change that people could experience could be quicker delivery times. This could be true but might also just be a rumour as there are no mentions of it on the official website of Mahindra. However, it looks like it won’t be easy for Mahindra to take on new orders for this variant as the older bookings are still pending. We will have to wait and watch what Mahindra has to say about this.
The Mahindra XUV700 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. The former is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that churns out a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. Meanwhile, the Diesel engine is available in multiple states of tune. The lower versions get 155 PS and 360 Nm, while the higher positioned models benefit from 185 PS and 420 Nm. In fact, the same engine will put out 450 Nm with an automatic transmission. Speaking of the transmission options, both the petrol and Diesel engine variants will be available with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission choices. The prices range between Rs 12.49 lakh and Rs 22.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The direct competitors include the likes of Creta, Seltos, Hector, Harrier in the 5-seat configuration and Alcazar, Safari and Hector Plus in the 7-seat arrangement.