Mahindra has finalized the date for the launch of the Mahindra XUV 700, which will be a 7-seater SUV based on the SsangYong Rexton. The XUV will be a rebadged version of the second generation of the SsangYong Rexton, first showcased at the Seoul Motor Show in 2017.
The car was spotted under heavy testing in the foothills of Himalayas in the last few months and Mahindra is aiming to take on the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour with its new flagship SUV. The official name of the SUV is not yet confirmed but reports suggest that Mahindra will stick with XUV 700. The SUV will come with a 2.2-litre diesel motor that produces 178PS of power and generates 420Nm of torque. This engine will be mated to a 7-speed Mercedes-Benz sourced automatic transmission that will send power to all four wheels. The 6-speed manual transmission offered abroad will most likely not make it to India. The new generation Rexton (XUV700) features SsangYong's new body-on-frame platform using Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), which shares with SsangYong Musso pick-up.
As for safety features, it will be equipped with nine airbags, including a driver knee-airbag and second-row side airbags. Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Advanced Emergency Braking, and Active Roll-over Protection will also be available on the SUV. Other premium features include 360-degree parking-assist camera, large storage boot, premium leather seats, a large infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, electric sunroof, dual-zone climate control, ventilated seats, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, and Wi-Fi support.
The SUV will be assembled at the Chakan facility near Pune with competitive pricing slotting it below the competition. The SUV is expected to be priced within RS 20 lakh to RS 25 lakh. Indian Auto Expo 2018 saw the announcement of Mahindra XUV 700 from Mahindra along with many new models like the recently introduced Mahindra Marazzo.
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