Both Mahindra and Mahindra are preparing to launch their new XUV700 flagship SUV in India this year. Based on the company’s new W601 SUV platform, it was previously considered the next-gen XUV500, but now we are told that the XUV700 is the official replacement for Mahindra’s popular 7-seater SUV.
A Mahindra spokesperson said in response to questions about the XUV500’s future production plan in India: “With the launch of the XUV700, we will stop the production of the XUV500.” The SUV is scheduled to be launched later this year. Mahindra XUV500 was launched in 2011 as the company’s flagship model.
The XUV500 nailed the Cheetah-style SUV and was popular with enthusiasts looking for a premium SUV priced under 15 million rupees, which was not on the market at the time. However, with the introduction of SUVs like Creta, Selfos, and Jeep Compass, the XUV500 has become obsolete, and this is where the new XUV700 comes into play. That said, company sources told us that Mahindra has no intention of killing the XUV500 brand.
This means that the name can be used on future SUVs. Based on the new monocoque platform, the functions of the new XUV700 are several degrees higher. XUV700 claims to have the latest world-class safety features and will offer gasoline and diesel engine options, manual and automatic transmission options, and optional all-wheel drive (AWD) capabilities.
According to the spy photos we’ve seen so far, the new XUV700 will be equipped with features like an optional electronic parking brake and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Other features we want to see include at least 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat accessories, all 4 disc brakes, etc. Daytime running lights, new large grille, sporty alloy wheels, and new horizontal mount LED taillights. Interestingly, the XUV500’s iconic claw-shaped door handle will be replaced by a more modern recessed door handle.
The cabin of the new Mahindra XUV700 will have a large Mercedes-Benz-style single-unit display, which can be split and displayed for infotainment and dashboards. The spy photos also show that the interior décor itself is treated with sewn-in faux leather inserts and a two-tone black and beige color scheme.
The list of features may include a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, satin-finished interior handles, and side vents with chrome surround. This SUV can also count on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, sunroof, and other functions, if Mahindra decides to also provide a wireless charger, we will not be surprised.