– To be based on new generation SsangYong Rexton, the Mahindra XUV700 will rival the Toyota Fortuner & Ford Endeavour
– This 7-seater premium SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 187bhp and 420Nm.
– Scheduled to be launched by the end of 2018, the new Mahindra XUV 700 SUV has made its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February.
Homegrown automaker, Mahindra will launch a Fortuner rival in the country in late 2018 or early 2019. Likely to be called Mahindra XUV700, the new SUV is based on the new generation SsangYong Rexton G4. The company has recently unveiled an all-new 7-seater premium SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo; however, the model was devoid of nameplate. This again suggests that the SUV could be rebadged as Mahindra XUV700. Though, official details are yet to be announced. This will be Mahindra’s first take at the premium SUV segment and will sit above the XUV500 in the line-up. Read More – New SsangYong Rexton – All Details
The new Mahindra XUV700 will be based on the new-generation body-on-frame chassis, which will be borrowed from the company’s Korean subsidiary, SsangYong. It will be the company’s most expensive model to be sold in India and it will be Mahindra’s new flagship product. The XUV700 will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Though, it will be priced relatively on lower side to take a competitive advantage.
The new XUV700 comes with Mahindra-like face and new body cladding; however, the vehicle looks similar to the new Rexton. This 7-seater SUV comes with an all-new design and looks completely different from the previous Rexton. For people not in the known, the new gen Rexton was first previewed as the LIV-2 concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine along with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. It will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine along with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options. The SUV will be equipped with several comfort and convenience and safety features. With a long wheelbase measuring 2,865mm, XUV700 will offer a roomy cabin. Mahindra will bring this SUV via CKD route in India, and then assembled at its production facility. It will be sold under Mahindra badge with XUV700 nameplate.
-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
-Hill decent control
-Electronic stability control
-Active rollover protection
-advanced emergency braking system
-ABS with EBD
The XUV700 or simply the rebadged Rexton for the Indian market was unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. This SUV will come to India via CKD route, and then assembled at Mahindra’s production facility. It is expected to be launched in the second half of 2018 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 to Rs 5 lakh. As for the XUV700 price, we expect it to fall between Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.
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 which was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Design inspiration for the SUV comes from SsangYong’s new ‘Dignified Motion’ philosophy. SsangYong claims that the new Rexton’s design will be inspired by the polar beer and traditional ‘Korean aesthetics’. The new model comes with slightly toned down styling over the concept version. Front profile with chrome accents, new grille, LED headlamps with LED DRLS and large bumper looks assertive.
It is however believed that the India-spec model will carry the quintessential Mahindra elements to bring it on par with fellow Mahindra models. The front profile will carry Mahindra’s signature styling and the chrome laden side profile will get rugged alloy wheels and pronounced wheel arches. On sides, the SUV has sharp creases, sloping roofline and slim A & B pillars that gives 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.
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 will be styled to reinforce its sporty character. To infuse it with upmarket looks, Mahindra will add some contemporary elements and high tech in-cabin tech. There could be a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Mahindra is likely to fit separate 10.1-inch displays on the back of the front captain seats for the rear passengers. The seats will additionally come with massage function. 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 dashboard layout looks simple and features several horizontal elements. The steering wheel, instrument panel and button-garnished gives it a modern appeal. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with several connected apps such as navigation maps. The Rexton G4 also comes with several segment first features like a 360 degree camera and key-sensing auto locking and tailgate opening.
The seven-seater Mahindra premium SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre, turbocharged diesel engine that also powers the Rexton SUV. This engine is claimed to offer progressive acceleration and a strong low end torque. The turbocharged oil burner is capable of producing a maximum power output of 187bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 420Nm between 1,600rpm and 2,600rpm. Power will be transmitted to wheels via a 7-speed torque-convertor E-Tronic automatic gearbox, which is sourced from the Mercedes-Benz. Besides, it will also get a six-speed manual gearbox. Additionally, the SUV could also get a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out 225bhp of power. This petrol model is coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV will be offered with two drive layouts – rear and all-wheel-drive.
The new XUV700 7-seater SUV will come in petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol model could deliver around 10kmpl, the diesel model could return around 15kmpl.
Upon its launch, the premium SUV will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.
This 7-seater premium SUV will come with pretty decent boot space even with all 7-seats unfolded. The rear seats can be folded down completely to further extend the boot space. The SUV will have large glovebox along with several cubby holes to keep your belonging. The second row captain seats will come with cup holders.
Based on the Rexton G4, the new Mahindra 7-seater premium SUV will offer several high-end safety and security features. The SUV will get dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Program, Active rollover protection, Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic BrakeForce Distribution and Brake Assist, and Rear Windscreen defogger, rear parking camera and sensors, etc.
This model will be around Rs 4-5 lakh cheaper than its direct rivals including Fortuner & Endeavour. It will be equipped with several high-end comfort, convenience and safety features. To be launched as Mahindra’s flagship model, the XUV700 could be a great option to large Indian families and SUV enthusiasts.