Mahindra recently confirmed that the second-gen XUV500, codenamed the W601, will go on sale later this year. Now, it seems like the carmaker has had a change of heart as Mahindra has now confirmed that the W601 will be called the XUV700.
The carmaker has also confirmed that the SUV will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options and manual and automatic transmission options. It is expected to share its engines and transmissions with the new Thar. On the XUV700, the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is likely to make around 190PS while the 2.2-litre diesel is expected to churn out around 180PS. On the Thar, petrol and diesel engines make 150PS and 130PS, respectively. Both the engines are expected to be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-torque converter automatic transmission. Mahindra has also confirmed that the XUV700 will be offered with an optional 4WD system.
Talking about the design, the XUV700 gets a huge front grille flanked by upswept LED headlamps with L-shaped DRLs flowing into the bumper. The bumper is also new with a wide central air dam flanked by LED fog lamps. The side profile gets the steeped window line and a sloping roofline, like the XUV500. It also gets flush door handles, new alloy wheels and rear disc brakes. Coming to the back, the new SUV gets a flatter profile with a large rear windshield and horizontally aligned tail lamps which might be connected by a trim element.
Inside the cabin, the XUV700’s cabin looks premium and sophisticated as it gets a leather-wrapped dashboard. However, the biggest highlight of the cabin is the Mercedes-like dual-screen setup for the infotainment and instrumentation. Other features that are expected to make way to the XUV700 include a panoramic sunroof, powered front seats with ventilation, dual-zone AC, multiple airbags, wireless mobile charging, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake, 360-degree camera and connected car tech.
The XUV700 is expected to be the first SUV in its class to get Level-1 autonomous tech with active safety features like autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, among others.
With launch scheduled for the coming months, prices of the XUV700 is expected to range from Rs 16 lakh to Rs 22 lakh. It will take on likes of the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and some variants of the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar.