The 2021 Mahindra XUV700 SUV has been finally revealed today after lots of teasers and prices have also been revealed which starts from Rs 11.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The highly anticipated SUV was initially the XUV700 was designed as a successor to the XUV500, however, Mahindra later decided to make it a totally new model as their plan to expand its SUV portfolio. So the XUV500 may return in 2024 as a totally new mid-sized SUV and rival with other mid-sized SUVs like Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
- Gets option for both Petrol and diesel engine along with manual and automatic
- Segment first Advanced Driver Assistance System
- Many segment first features
- Gets most powerful engines in the segment
- Prices already announced even before its launch
With the XUV700 Mahindra has again set a benchmark in the segment and they are now on a aggressive move to expand their SUV line with more premium products. Mahindra has even created a new logo for their SUV lineup and the XUV700 is the first model to come with the new logo.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 pricing
Mahindra has priced the XUV700 very aggressively and the base MX Series of the new XUV700 starts from Rs 11.99 lakh for the MX petrol manual and Rs 12.49 lakh for the MS diesel manual which is very tasteful to the ears and also light on the pocket considering the spec. The feature loaded AX series – the AX3 petrol manual starts from Rs 13.99 lakh, and AX5 petrol manual starts Rs 14.99 lakh. All the prices that have been revealed are for the 5-seat versions and the complete pricing details will be. Mahindra will announce complete pricing for the XUV700 line-up around October when the car will be launched. This is obviously the launch price and will be hiked up later.
It is great to see that Mahindra has priced the entry level XUV700 variants very competitively, however, it will be a point to see if they are able to aggressively price the higher variants equipped with features like ADAS, 3D sound system by Sony and an automatic gearbox.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 Design Details
Talking about the design, Mahindra has done a great job in designing the XUV700, design cues can be seen carried over from its predecessor, when looked specially at its stance, wheel arches and dimensions and overall its a bold and a clean design. However, mostly every thing is new, like the front grille with newly designed vertical bars and the new Mahindra logo, the new LED headlights with huge C-shaped DRLs that goes down into the bumper, there are now even pop-out door handles which sits flush with the body and gives a clean look, at the rear there are now large LED tail-lights with a new fibre glass tailgate. The alloy wheels are also designed nicely and now comes with twin 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Talking about its interior, Mahindra just like the exterior Mahindra has gone a simple and modern design. The dashboard is mostly covered by massive twin 10.25-inch screen layout – one for the infotainment system and the other as the instrument cluster – housed in a single panel. The infotainment system gets Mahindra’s newly developed AdrenoX interface which come with in-built Amazon Alexa virtual assistant for hands free interface.
There are even more features on offer such as, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless phone charger, huge panoramic sunroof, auto booster LED headlights with adaptive technology, dual-zone automatic climate control, air purifier, leatherette upholstery and even an electronic parking brake, and there also a custom 12-speaker sound system including a subwoofer – with 3D surround sound designed by Sony specially for the XUV700. All these will obviously be offered on the top-spec variants.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 Safety features
When it come to safety Mahindra has didn’t leave any room and offered the XUV700 with top-notch and some even first in segment safety features, and out of them all the highlight is the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). It includes features like Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency braking(AEB). Some other features include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, smart pilot assist, traffic sign recognition and even driver drowsiness detection. In addition to all these, the XUV700 also comes with option of seven airbags, ABS with EBD, customizable voice alerts for over speeding, and seatbelts with pre-tensioners and retractor for the front seats.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 engine and gearbox configuration
Like we mentioned earlier, Mahindra has offered the XUV700 with option for both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine on offered is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol mStallion unit which is tuned to produce 200HP and 380Nm of torque, this is also the most powerful petrol engine in the segment. The diesel unit is the 2.2-litre, four-cylinder mHawk turbocharged unit that will offered with two states of tune. The lower state unit reserved for the entry level vavrints will produce 155HP and 360Nm of torque, while the unit in higher variants is tuned to produce out 185HP and 420Nm and 450Nm with the automatic gearbox. The diesel engine also gets four drive modes namely- Zip, Zap, Zoom and Custom and Mahindra claims each drive mode will offer different performance and steering response.
Like wise both engines gets the option for 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox options, but the lower-spec diesel variant will only be available with a manual gearbox. An all-wheel-drive version is also on offer but it will be available as Diesel Automatic.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 Variants
Talking about variants on offer, Mahindra will offer the XUV700 in two series – MX and AdrenoX (AX). The MX series will have a single MX trim and will be available with only a petrol engine and the detuned diesel engine option. It will be offered with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, day/night IRVM and power-adjust Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) with built-in turn indicators. More over it will be offered with steel wheels and halogen headlights.
The AdrenoX series will be offered in three trim levels – AX3, AX5 and AX7. The AX3 trim comes with the option of dual 10.25-inch screens, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, built-in Amazon Alexa assistant and a 6-speaker sound system, there is no sun-roof on offer. But basic safety like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and all are standard.
While the AX5 adds features over the AX3 and comes with panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, sequential turn indicators in the tail-lights, curtain airbags and 17-inch alloy wheels.
While the top-spec AX7 trim gets all the goodies and additional features like ADAS, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, 6-way power adjustable driver seat with memory function, seven airbags and massive 18-inch alloy wheels. There will also be optional pack that adds features like wireless chargers, 360-degree cameras, 3D surround sound system, blind view monitor and even an electronic parking brake. A luxury pack will also be offered with the AX7 trim later at the time of launch.
2021 Mahindra XUV700 Rivals
With the Altruras being discontinued, the XUV700 will now be the flagship product for Mahindra and it also replaced the XUV500 it will compete against rivals from both five-seater and seven seater SUV category like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Hector Plus, Tata Safari, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Alcazar, Skoda Kushaq and upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and MG Astor.
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