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Mahindra plans to steal the SUV thunder with XUV700

By Rajesh Karkera
Last updated on: August 18, 2021 17:06 IST
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A new XUV, a new logo, and a big bang at the launch! Mahindra revealed its keenly-awaited XUV700 in Chennai on Saturday.

All Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com.

XUV700

Boasting an unmissable presence, a tough yet sophisticated driving experience, a spirited performance, world-class safety and sci-fi-like technology, the XUV700 is set to take the SUV world by storm.

 

With several first and best in class features, and killer pricing, the SUV promises to steal the thunder from its peers.

On the outside, the new Mahindra logo adorns the completely new front grille of the XUV700, which is surrounded by the C-shaped LED DRLs.

XUV700 hidden door handles

The first of its kind feature is the hidden door handles that will come in all the variants.

At the launch, Ramkripa Ananthan, ex-M&M chief designer who led the designs for the Mahindra TUV 300, XUV 500, KUV 100, TUV300 SUVs and also the Marazzo MPV, shared an instance where Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra, was so impressed with the sculpted design of the XUV700 that he said this car should not have the conventional door handles... And this is what led to the hidden flush handles which come out as you go near the door. 

The announced prices for four variants in the 5-seater manual transmission category are (prices are ex-showroom India):  

XUV700 variants Prices
MX Petrol Manual ₹ 11.99 Lakh
MX Diesel Manual ₹ 12.49 Lakh
AdrenoX 3 Petrol Manual ₹ 13.99 Lakh
AdrenoX X5 Petrol Manual ₹ 14.99 Lakh
 

The pricing for the rest of the variants will be announced soon, said Rajesh Jejurikar, Mahindra’s executive director for auto and farm sectors (on the right, in the picture below) at the launch in Mahindra's Research Valley near Chennai. Also in the picture below, on the left, is Dr Anish Shah, MD & CEO, M&M Ltd.

XUV700 reveal

All the four variants mentioned above are the 5-seater versions of the XUV700.

The MX series, which is the base variant, will be followed by the AdrenoX 3, the AdrenoX 5 and the AdrenoX 7 variant of the XUV700.

The pricing of the top end AdrenoX Series, which is the ADRENOX 7, was not revealed. This vehicle will be packed to the brim with features like an advanced driver assistance system, driver drowsiness alert, smart clean zone, dual zone climate control, R18 diamond cut alloy, leatherette seats, leather steering and gear lever, 6-way power seat with memory, 7 airbags, in addition to all the features in the other variants.

XUV700 rear

Features like immersive 3D sound by Sony with 12 speakers, electrically-deployed hidden smart door handles, 360 surround view, blind view monitoring, electronic park brake and wireless charging will be added as optionals in the near future.

The XUV700 will be available in petrol as well as all-aluminium diesel engines with new generation 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options.

The powerful 2-litre turbo GDi mStallion engine (petrol) churns out 380 Nm of torque and develops 200 PS at 5000 rpm.

The 2.2-litre commonrail turbo diesel mHawk engine will be available in two tunes -- a 185 PS version with 420 Nm (manual)/ 450 Nm (automatic) and a 155 PS variant with 360 Nm (manual transmission).

XUV700 colours

The drive modes, which normally are City, Eco and Sport in other cars, are available here as Zip, Zap, Zoom and a custom mode that one can set to one's preference. 

More about the actual drive of the XUV700 soon!

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