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2021 Mahindra XUV700 in final road testing phase, ready for launch

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Mahindra has been building up the launch of its latest product, XUV700. The brand is likely to announce the launch dates in the coming weeks. The brand is also releasing official teasers of the Mahindra XUV700 one after the other. Prying eyes have also caught the SUV multiple times testing around the country.

And now, probably for the last time, the spy shots of the Mahindra XUV700 in the final road testing phase are here. The camouflaged test mule appears ready to debut in the Indian market after a long spell of delays. The delays are partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and partly because of the scarcity of semiconductor chips.

Mahindra XUV700 – Design Highlights

The Mahindra XUV700 comes with an upright and butch design language. The SUV features an upright grille with classic Mahindra vertical slats and new C-shaped headlamps. The modern SUV also gets LED light technology on the headlamps as well as the taillamps. In addition to this, highlighting the contemporary SUV styling are LED daytime running lights creating an aggressive light signature.

The spy shots also reveal a clamshell-like bonnet design and a large glasshouse. The SUV also comes with rounded wheel arches and chunky alloy wheels that fill the arches really well. Reverberating with the XUV styling, the SUV also features a rising window line and flared wheel arches with distinct character lines that build on the XUV500. The premium SUV also comes with flush-fitted door handles.

Mahindra XUV700 – Powertrain Speculation

Rumours are that the new XUV700 will come with the option of a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an optional 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. The 2.0-litre turbo-petrol could be borrowed from the 2020 Mahindra Thar. But the mStallion motor is likely to come with a tune of 200 Hp on tap. The engine on the Thar makes 150 horses. This will make the turbo-petrol motor one of the most powerful engines in the Mahindra engine family.

Alternatively, the XUV700 will also come with a 2.2-litre mHawk series turbo-diesel. The engine on the Thar makes 130 Hp of power, but the oil motor on the XUV700 will be set to the tune of 185 Hp of power. This will make the diesel engine one of the most powerful in the segment. To put things into perspective, the 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Alcazar makes 115 Hp of power and the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre oil burner that powers the Safari comes with 170 Hp of power. 

Both engines are likely to come with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Japanese Fortune Global 500, automotive component manufacturer, Aisin. 

Mahindra XUV700 – Top Features

Mahindra recently revealed that the XUV700 would come with Auto Booster Headlamps. The new feature can automatically turn on an extra set of lights as soon as the car reaches speeds above 80 kmph. The additional lights illuminate the road, further improving the driver’s vision at night and safety. The Mahindra XUV700 will also come with a 1360x870mm panoramic sunroof. The new sunroof claims to be the largest in the segment and boasts of offering the feeling of a convertible car. 

Mahindra is also likely to equip the XUV700 with ADAS features such as radar/camera-based adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, parking assistance etc. In the past, the car was also seen testing a panoramic twin-screen infotainment-cum-instruments cluster. 

Mahindra XUV700 – Launch Dates

Mahindra is likely to introduce the XUV700 by the second half of this month.

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