– The Mahindra XUV700 will be based on new generation SsangYong Rexton.
– This premium SUV will take on the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
Mahindra seems aggressive with its product strategy for the highly competitive domestic market. After launching the thoroughly updated 2018 XUV500, the homegrown automaker is now planning to launch two new SUVs – codenamed S201 and XUV700 premium SUV and an all-new premium MPV – codenamed U321. The Mahindra XUV700 will be a 7-seater premium SUV that will be stacked up against the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This SUV is basically the rebadged new Rexton, which is already on sale in select global markets. Reports claim that the 7-Seater SUV will follow the XUV nomenclature and is likely to be called Mahindra XUV700.
Previewed at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, the Mahindra XUV700 will be the brand’s flagship SUV and the most expensive model to be sold in India. If reports are to be believed, the new model will be priced relatively on lower side to take a competitive advantage over Fortuner & Endeavour. The cabin is also expected to be shared from the global SsangYong Rexton, which means the SUV will be equipped with several segment-leading features. While the overall profile and size of this SUV will be similar to the global Rexton, it will have Mahindra-like face and new body cladding. This 7-seater SUV has an all-new design and it looks completely different from the previous Rexton. For people not in the known, the new gen SsangYong Rexton was first previewed as the LIV-2 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Read – Upcoming Mahindra Cars In India
– Chrome grille
– Projector headlamps with DRLs
– ORVMS with LED blinkers
– LED rear lights
– Leather seats with massage function
– 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– 10.1-inch display for rear occupants
– Automatic climate control
– Mood lighting
– 9 Airbags
– Hill decent control
– Electronic stability control
– Active rollover protection
– Advanced emergency braking system
– ABS with EBD Read – Mahindra U321 MPV To Challenge Toyota Innova Crysta
The Mahindra XUV700 or simply the rebadged SsangYong Rexton for the Indian market made its debut the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. This SUV will come to India via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route, and then assembled at Mahindra’s production facility. While there is no official word about its launch, it is reported to see a release in the second half of 2018 (near around Diwali).
In a bid to regain lost ground in the SUV segment, Mahindra is looking at launching multiple products including the Fortuner rival codenamed Y400. With local assembling and use of locally-developed parts, we expect Mahindra to price it aggressively to undercut arch rival by Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. As for the Mahindra XUV700 price, we expect it to fall in the range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. Read – 2018 Mahindra XUV500 – Price & Details
Featuring the new-generation body-on-frame chassis from SsangYong’s crew-cab, Mahindra XUV 700 is primarily a rebadged Rexton that has recently taken a leap into the new generation globally. In terms of styling, the SUV shares most of its design cues from the LIV-2 concept that broke cover at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Design inspiration for the SUV comes from SsangYong’s new ‘Dignified Motion’ philosophy. The new model comes with slightly toned down styling over the concept version. Global Rexton’s front fascia is equipped with chrome accents, new grille, LED headlamps with LED DRLS and large bumper looks assertive. Read – New Details On Mahindra XUV Aero Coupe Emerge
The India-spec model, however, features the quintessential Mahindra elements that bring it on par with fellow Mahindra models. Upfront is a Mahindra’s signature styling with chrome ladened grille. The side profile gets rugged alloy wheels and pronounced wheel arches. On sides, the SUV has sharp creases, sloping roofline and slim A & B pillars that give it a sporty profile. At the back, the SUV comes with LED rear combination side lights, roof integrated spoiler with high-mounted LED stop light and LED number plate lights. Read – New-generation Mahindra Thar In The Works
In terms of proportions, the SUV is likely to be akin to the SsangYong Rexton G4 measuring 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width and 1,800 in height. The 2,865mm long wheelbase hints at a large cabin and the ground clearance is likely to be notably more than Fortuner.
In line with the exterior, the interior has been styled to reinforce its sporty character. To infuse it with upmarket looks, Mahindra adds some contemporary elements and high tech in-cabin tech. The carmaker might offer the range-topping trim with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with several connected apps such as navigation maps. The SUV might also get a separate 10.1-inch displays on the back of the front captain seats for the rear passengers. The seats are likely to come with massage function as well. Read – Ford & Mahindra To Develop Hyundai Creta Rival
The dashboard layout looks simple and features several horizontal elements. The steering wheel, instrument panel and button-garnished gives it a modern appeal. The SUV is expected to brim with advanced tech such as mood lighting, electric sidesteps & technology, multi-functional steering wheel, selectable all-wheel drive system, advanced emergency braking system, ABS with EBD, hill assist and 9 airbags. The global-spec Rexton G4 also comes with several segment first features like a 360 degree camera and key-sensing auto locking and tailgate opening. We are not sure that the India-spec XUV700 will come with these features or not.
Mahindra remains tight lipped about engine details of the vehicle. However, the media reports suggest that it will come with both petrol and diesel fuel guise. The diesel version of the Mahindra XUV700 might be propelled by a 2.2-litre, turbocharged engine sourced from the Ssangyong Rexton SUV. This oil burner unit is claimed to offer progressive acceleration and a strong low end torque. The turbocharged motor pushes out a top power of 187bhp at 4,000rpm against a peak torque of 420Nm between 1,600rpm and 2,600rpm. Check Out – Mahindra TUV Stinger Convertible SUV Concept Pictures & Details
Power will be transmitted to wheels via Mercedes-Benz sourced a 7-speed torque-converter E-Tronic automatic gearbox along with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The XUV700 petrol variants, on the other hand, will make use of a 2.0-litre turbo engine generating a maximum power output of 225bhp. The petrol variants will get an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV could be brought either with the RWD (rear-wheel-drive) or AWD (all-wheel-drive) system.
As mentioned above, the engine details of the new Mahindra SUV will be revealed near its launch. It is likely to come with both petrol and diesel powertrains. While the diesel model might come with a 2.2-litre turbocharged unit, the petrol variants could be offered with a 2.0-litre turbo motor. The oil burner is likely to deliver a fuel economy around 15kmpl and the gasoline unit will return around 10kmpl. Check Out – Mahindra KUV100 Xtreme Picture Gallery
In the premium SUV space, the Mahindra XUV700 will lock horns against the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour that are currently dominating the segment. However, it will be more affordable than the other two.
The new Mahindra 7-seater premium SUV will have generous boot space to offer, even with all 7-seats unfolded. One can expand the luggage area by folding the second and third row seats. The SUV will have a large glovebox along with several cubby holes to keep knick-knacks. The second row captain seats will have the cup holders.
Unlike other Mahindra cars, the XUV700 premium SUV will be high on safety. The SUV is based on the Ssangyong Rexton G4 that achieved top safety rating in 2017 Korean New Car Assessment Program. The latter one comes loaded with safety fitments such as an advanced driver assistance system, nine way airbags and quad-frame body chassis. However, there is no clarity whether the XUV700 will be offered these safety features or not. Read – Mahindra Scorpio Electric Under Development
Mahindra’s upcoming 7-seater SUV is likely to be offered with dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Active rollover protection, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic BrakeForce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), rear windscreen defogger and rear parking camera and sensors. The SUV is built on SsangYong’s Quad-frame platform that offers high structural strength and low body weight, thus making it a safe machine to drive.
Design of Mahindra’s new 7-seater SUV is quite masculine. Interior of the car is packed with a range of high-end comfort features and safety fitments. Mahindra might offer two powertrains on the SUV – a 2.2L turbocharged diesel and a 2.0L turbo petrol. For performing transmission duties, Mahindra XUV700 might get a 7-speed torque-converter E-Tronic automatic, a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic unit. It will be an affordable option for buyers who are considering the Fortuner and Endeavour. Speculations suggest that it might undercut its arch rivals with Rs 4 lakh – Rs 5 lakh. Upon launch, the Mahindra XUV7000 will be the brand’s flagship model that could be an affordable 7-seater vehicle for the large Indian families.
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Based on the SsangYong Rexton, the Mahindra XUV700 will make use of an 187bhp, 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It will directly compete to Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.