The Mahindra XUV700 is not only the most awaited SUV of this year but also the most spied upcoming car of recent times. The new model will be positioned above the XUV500 and will go on to take on the likes of the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus.
The latest leaked images feature the new XUV700 finished in a metallic brown shade. The car has a new design grille with large LED headlights with striking LED daytime running lights that we’ve seen on test mules before. The front bumper houses a pair of LED fog lamps.
The side profile of the XUV700 is reminiscent of its predecessor. The biggest change here is the flush-fitting door handles. The rear end is dominated by large L-shaped tail lamp clusters, which from this angle looks a bit bulky.
On the dashboard, it will get a dual screen set up that acts as a digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system. Other interior updates include dual zone climate controls. The seats are in a dual tone beige and black colour scheme with faux leather inserts while features will also include a leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel and an electrically adjustable driver-side seat.
The XUV700 will be offered with a choice of two engines – a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol producing around 197 BHP and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel with an expected output of 182 BHP, making it the most powerful offering in the segment. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
Safety features on offer will be ‘Driver Drowsiness Detection’ feature. This system detects any sign of distraction shown by the driver who may feel drowsy or fall asleep while at the wheel. The system nudges the driver to be fully alert and is a feature offered on several high end luxury vehicles. Like other safety systems that emit a beep sound when the car crosses the 80 km/h mark or a continuous alarm once it crosses the 120 km/h range, Mahindra XUV700 delivers a personal message in the voice of a loved one. This signals the driver to slow down speed to more ideal levels.