08th April 2021 – Mahindra & Mahindra made a much anticipated announcement on Thursday stating the arrival of the XUV700 which is the next generation/successor to the XUV500. The name is pronounced as XUV seven-double-O (opposite of James Bond’s iconic double-O-seven). Mahindra has also confirmed that the current XUV500 and the XUV500 name will be discontinued when the XUV700 is launched. The new XUV700 which will be Mahindra’s challenger in the Indian midsize-SUV segment is expected to be launched in the first half of 2022 and deliveries should begin by mid-2022.
The upcoming XUV700 will be manufactured in Mahindra’s Chakan plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The project codename for the XUV700 given by Mahindra is W601 and is touted to have a stiifer monocoque chassis for better stability & handling. The XUV700 is also expected to be wider, longer and larger overall compared to the outgoing XUV500. The car will be launched in a segment which is highly competitive and the buyers are quite spoilt for choice. Mahindra’s XUV700 will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos, upcoming Hyundai Alcazar (the 7 seater version of the Creta), Tata Safari, MG Hector and other cars. Ford is also planning to launch a midsized-SUV in India after the relative success of the now outdated Ford EcoSport.
Ford and Mahindra had a pact leading up to 2021 to jointly develop a platform for C-SUV models from both companies with shared architecture and powertrains. This joint venture between Ford and Mahindra ended in February 2021 when the companies called off the deal owing to differences. The companies will now pursue grabbing a share of the SUV market in India with their own independent offerings and Mahindra is turned up first to announce its re-entry with the XUV700.
The XUV700 is expected to be available with both petrol and diesel engine options – a 2.0L naturally aspirated or turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.2L diesel engine with manual and automatic transmission options, expect the XUV700 to share the drivetrain with Mahindra’s 2021 Thar which means the XUV700 might also get a four-wheel drive option.
The exterior and design language of the XUV700 is expected to be similar to that of the XUV500 with slight changes. On the interior, the XUV700 looks similar to the XUV500 but is expected to get combined dual digital screens – one for infotainment and one for driver information digital instrument cluster like in the new Mercedes-Benz cars along with a panoramic sunroof and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) which is a first in class and means the Mahindra XUV700 could be Level-1 Autonomous capable.
Mahindra top brass and officials have claimed that the car will feature a host of never seen before first in segment features on the XUV700. They also state that the focus on safety is high with the XUV700 built to obtain at least a 4-star Global NCAP test rating and their ex-CEO Pawan Goenka claiming it will be capable of getting a 5-star crash test rating. ABS(Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), disc brakes for all 4 wheels and at least 6 airbags.
From the various spy shots that have emerged, the XUV700 will get a new grille, new sporty alloy wheels, LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights), LED headlamps and horizontal LED tail-lamps. Also expected are new design door handles that will be flusher with the body work of the car.
The all-new Mahindra XUV700 is expected in the first half of 2022 and expect Mahindra to go all out for a grand launch.