Mahindra & Mahindra first showcased the eXUV300 at the Auto Expo 2020, and there have been a lot of speculations about its launch. However, in a recent media conference, the company officially announced that the all-electric version of the XUV300 will hit the roads in Q1 2023. The unveiling of the SUV will likely take place much earlier, around the second half of this year. Mahindra will aim for a market launch around January of 2023.
Mahindra eXUV300 – Longer & a New Name
Mahindra & Mahindra confirmed that the electric version of the XUV300 will have a length of 4.2-metre. This marks an increase of around 200mm more than the ICE XUV300. The ICE-powered XUV300 is under 4-metre in length to avail government’s tax benefits. However, in the case of the electric XUV300, that won’t be an issue. EVs enjoy a lower tax structure and don’t get additional taxes for the extra length. Hence, Mahindra will use the original Ssangyong Tivoli’s body structure for the electric XUV300. The use of this body structure will also allow for additional boot space, which is limited on the XUV300.
In addition to this, there will be enough distinction between the two models because of these factors. Hence, Mahindra feels it will justify a new name, which could be the XUV400. The major difference between the two, apart from the powertrain, will be the length.
When it arrives, the XUV400 will be a key product for establishing the brand as a credible EV player. The XUV400 could also come with advanced ADAS features and connected tech, which will trickle down from its elder sibling, the XUV700.
Mahindra eXUV300 – Powertrain & Battery
Details are sparse at the moment. However, according to sources, the electric XUV300 will use a single motor with a minimum output of 150 HP. Power will go to the front wheels, and the battery will use high-density NMC pouch cells. Hence, the output figure and cell technology will give it an edge over the Nexon EV Max. For reference, the Nexon EV Max makes 143 HP and uses cylindrical LFP cells. The higher density NMC cells will also be able to deliver a longer range.
The challenge for the company will be to secure a steady supply of batteries. The batteries will come from the South Korean battery maker, LG Chem. The issue is that the battery maker is unable to increase its volumes for the XUV400-specific batteries. This is the main reason for the delay in the launch of the electric XUV300.
Mahinda’s Future Electric Plans
Last year Mahindra announced that it would launch as many as eight new EVs by 2027. These will also include EVs, which will utilise the new ‘Born Electric’ platform. Last month, Mahindra & Mahindra also announced a possible partnership with Volkswagen to use the company’s tried and tested EV components and batteries.