India’s Mahindra, best known here for its agricultural Pik-Up, is poised for a major model expansion with two new SUVs throughout 2023.
The other is the sleeker seven-seat XUV700, replacing the XUV500 that was sold in Australia between 2012 and last year.
While it was revealed in August 2021troubles in the global supply chain pushed the XUV700 to launch in Australia until 2023.
A spokesperson for Mahindra Australia told us: “In India alone, this truly world-class SUV has attracted unprecedented orders, amounting to 100,000 orders.
“The unusual demand in the domestic market, coupled with supply chain bottlenecks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has placed severe constraints on the supply side… This has affected the rollout plan. Our products.”
The impending arrival of the sturdy Scorpio-N SUV and the sleeker XUV700 will give Mahindra’s 49 dealers – many of them regional – a big boost into 2023.
The brand has also previously expressed its intention Selling rugged Thar off-road vehicle in Australia. It was on track to do the Down Under trip before Legal action from Jeepargues that Thar, a clone of Wrangler, carried out those plans.
About Mahindra XUV700
With a length of less than 4.7 meters, the XUV700 is about the same length as the Mitsubishi Outlander. Its design, while an improvement on the XUV500, features a new grille, C-shaped running lights, increased belt lines and flat door handles.
It uses McPherson strut front suspension and multi-link setup at the rear, and frequency-selective shock absorbers.
The engines for each material include 147kW and 380Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, or 136kW and (up to) 450Nm 2.2-litre diesels, with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is listed as an option.
While the specs in the Indian market are clearly quite different from what the Australian market car will have, the headline features available in the domestic market include:
Dual 10-inch displays for cluster and infotainment, USB-C point, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available Amazon Alexa, connected smartphone app, three-row air-conditioning, seats one-touch tilt and fold, sat-nav, 18-inch wheels, sunroof and 360-degree camera.
Advertised safety features include front, side and three-row curtain airbags; plus driver assistance features like AEB, lane assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.
As we learn more about Mahindra Australia’s plans, we’ll keep you informed.
THAN: Everything Mahindra