The Mahindra XUV 700 is inching closer to its launch with every passing day. In the pre-cursor to the official debut of the vehicle, Mahindra has been teasing various features of its new flagship through short video clips on social media. Earlier, we reported about the new SUV’s auto headlamp booster and a largest-in-segment panoramic sunroof. Now, the carmaker has dropped yet another teaser, this time, revealing the Tata Safari-rival’s ‘Smart Door Handles’ similar to what you find on a Range Rover Velar.
Also read: Spy Shots of the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700!
Mostly seen on much costlier cars, usually from marques like Jaguar Land Rover, these door handles sit flush in the sheetmetal and pop out as soon you unlock the car. They shift back to their original position once you’ve opened the door using them. With this, it’s for sure that the XUV700 will get yet-another segment-first feature that would easily help it stand out among its rivals. What is now left to be seen is if these handles will be available across all the variants are if they would be reserved to the top-spec version.
The Mahindra XUV700 will likely launch in September, just ahead of this year’s festive season. The new model has already been spotted testing on numerous occasions and going by these new teasers and the numerous spy shots, it’s quite clear that the carmaker is close to revealing its new flagship. Other than offering the smart door handles, the SUV will even offer a large touchscreen infotainment unit, all-digital speedo cluster, autonomous braking, lane-keep assist, 4G connectivity, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone aircon and electric as well as ventilated front seats. The SUV will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options. These will be carried over from the Mahindra Thar, albeit, in an updated avatar. The petrol mill on offer will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that could produce up to 200PS, while the oil-burner will be a 2.2-litre unit that will offer 185PS. Transmission options for both will include manual as well as automatic options.
The expected prices of the Mahindra XUV700 might be the ballpark of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 22 lakh, ex-showroom. The rivals include Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and the recently launched Hyundai Alcazar.
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