The XUV500 was launched a few decades back, it had been a game-changer of sorts both for Mahindra also as for the market because it was super aggressively priced and had features and equipment overflow what was expected of a vehicle of its class and pricing. it had been also the company’s first monocoque SUV, also having a transverse engine-front wheel drive layout.
However, over the past few years, it’s been showing its age which we had all been expecting a next-generation XUV500 and that was what Mahindra was also performing on . But subsequent generation 500 clothed to be thus far before the sport that Mahindra decided to up the ante and name it the XUV700, leaving space for a replacement car between the 300 and therefore the 700.
The 700 continues to be a 7-seater also and can are available two distinct lines, the MX and therefore the AdrenoX series. While the MX is going to be a clear vanilla offering, filling up the space currently vacated by the five hundred, with an old diesel and deprived of any of the class-leading features but still with small screens for both infotainment and control panel , it’s the AdrenoX series that we drove which we’ll be talking about here.
The car has remnants of the five hundred design language but maybe a far more mature design if one overlooks the front and therefore the rear, which is both designed with the intent of creating a robust statement, one which will not be pleasing to all or any but will appeal to an enormous enough audience. The car features a broad stance and inspires tons more confidence than most of the Mahindra designs of yore and a few of the highlights include flush door handles that are electrically deployed in a number of the top variants.
Powering the AdrenoX series are two fresh aluminium engines, a 2.2-litre diesel, and 2.0-litre petrol, both turbocharged with direct injection. While the diesel is sort of smooth to drive and comes with different ECU maps to modify between three drive modes Zip, Zap, and Zoom, it’s the petrol engine car that was more surprising and, coming from Mahindra, maybe a big breakthrough.
Both the engines are available with manual and automatic gearboxes and there’ll be an option of getting all-wheel drive also. The chassis itself has been made with liberal use of high tensile steel to reinforce torsional rigidity and reduce weight, also as ensure safety and adequate impact absorption. Added thereto may be a multiple link rear suspension with frequency-selective dampers and an anti-sway bar and Mahindra has the makings of a really dynamically capable SUV.
Mahindra has also loaded the car, although a number of the top-end features and systems may only be available with option packs, with an enormous number of systems and features including some advanced driver assist systems that run through signals received through both camera and radar stuff that, till now, is found only in cars of luxury brands. These systems include adaptive control with start from stop technology, emergency braking with front collision warning, lane assist, traffic sign recognition also as beam assist.
The adaptive control worked well on the nearly two-hour drive from Mahindra Research Valley to the Mahindra SUV Proving Tracks, and at the proving grounds, we were ready to test the opposite features like emergency braking, lane assist, and traffic sign recognition.
Then there’s Adrenox itself the guts of the connected car with Alexa built-in. While many manufacturers are now providing connected car technology, having Alexa within the car means you’ll hook up with your pre-existing Alexa network and even have familiar commands and skills, though not everything that you simply can do with an Alexa reception, you’ll do so with the Mahindra on the Alexa app on the XUV700. But it’s already another breakthrough.
Aggrenox also features and offers immersive 3D sound from a system specially developed by Sony. What I also liked was the wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto that Adrenox also provides, additionally to over 60 in-built apps that the system will feature by the time it goes into production.
The interiors are high-end on the highest of the road cars with two 10.25in displays for the control panel and therefore the other for the infotainment system. The panoramic sunroof brightens up the sunshine shade of the upholstery and therefore the air-con air is doubly cleaned through both a HEPA filter and UV radiation. For the safety-conscious, aside from a revamped chassis and therefore the many drivers aids already mentioned, including surround view and turn-indicator cameras, also as 7 airbags, there’s also drowsiness detection, especially useful for those that do long trips or are chauffeur driven.
There is many knee-room within the second row, which is additionally comfortable, and therefore the seats offer good under-thigh support also , even for people of above-average height. The third row is often used for adults, though it’s ideal for kids or shorter people there’ll even be the choice of buying the XUV700 as a five-seater.
With the 2 production series of XUV700s, Mahindra aims to require on both the 5-seater also because the 7-seater SUV markets, which may be a very wide selection of vehicles that the new SUV will need to deal with and hence the 2 very distinct positionings, two different sets of powertrains and experiences with the MX series being powered by the older mHawk engines not as powerful nor as high tech as on the AdrenoX.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine churns out a powerful 200bhp of max power and 380Nm of peak torque, but the simplest thing about it’s not the numbers on paper. But it’s smooth and really responsive, power delivery is sort of linear with high torque even at the upper rpm levels of the traditional golf range . It works well with the 6-speed auto, though for fun it might be best to experience it with a manual gearbox. The car feels alive and agile, something that’s very difficult to seek out in Mahindra vehicles of yore. Dynamics are well-sorted and while there’s no floaty feel at one end of the spectrum, without much body roll and drama, high-speed stability is additionally impressive. Here also stick neck out and claim that, alongside the 300, the 700 would be the foremost dynamically sorted of Mahindra vehicles.
The 2.2-litre diesel-engined car feels such a lot more sluggish than the petrol engine despite this new all-aluminium engine having a powerful max power output of 185bhp also a peak torque of 450Nm on the version with an automatic gearbox. The diesel might not be as thrilling to drive as its petrol sibling, but it retains the essential dynamics. On the opposite hand, the drive modes do add tons of zip to the drive experience and, from what was told by the Mahindra engineers, there’s a big reduction in fuel consumption if you select the sedate way of driving, which should be ok for the daily commutes.
Overall, the vehicle is well put together and though there could also be some small issues like those of ergonomics or of the software acting up, Mahindra has enough time to iron out those glitches before the car goes on sale, possibly later this month.
Not only is that the XUV700 an enormous leap ahead for Mahindra, but it’s also an enormous breakthrough for the Indian automotive industry as high tech currently reserved for the special few is now becoming the domain of a way larger audience. The car itself is best than anything Mahindra has ever done before in terms of powertrains, vehicle dynamics also the sheer amount of technology that has gone into making the SUV. With aggressive pricing and a really wide selection of options on offer across the widest of price brackets, Mahindra has ticked all the boxes than some more. Whether all this may be transformed into a pleasing ownership experience over a period of your time, though, remains to be seen. What I can say though is that the XUV700 has shifted the goalposts and if the assembly cars live up to their promise, then Mahindra has another winner on its hands.
2.0-litre turbo petrol/ 2.2-litre turbo diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity
Wheelbase (mm) 2,750
LxWxH (mm) 4,695×1,890×1,755
Price: Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 16.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)