Tuesday, October 4

Mahindra unveils 5 electric SUVs and new EV architecture

Mahindra & Mahindra has unveiled five new electric SUVs as part of their Mahindra Born Electric Vision and these SUVs will be positioned under Mahindra’s two EV brands – XUV, and the all-new electric-only brand called BE. All five electric SUVs will be built on the just-revealed INGLO (Indian Global) platform, created in association with Volkswagen! The MEB (Modular Electric Drive Matrix Battery) platform of Volkswagen is the base from which the INGLO platform is created.

The five new electric SUVs include the XUV.e8, XUV.e9, BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. The first four of these will be launched by the next four years, between 2024 and 2026.

The XUV has two e-SUVs to begin with: the XUV.e8 which will be launched by December 2024 and the XUV.e9 which is slated to launch by April 2025.

The XUV brand will continue forward with the Mahindra Twin Peaks logo as we know it today, and have EV versions of ICE cars. The BE brand is an altogether separate brand that will be EV-only and will attempt to bring in new buyers to the Mahindra fold.

BORN ELECTRIC SUVs

XUV.e8
Launch: December 2024
Based on INGLO Platform
Dimensions: L x W x H: 4740 x 1900 x 1760 mm | Wheelbase 2762 mm

XUV.e9

Launch: April 2025
Based on INGLO Platform
Dimensions: L x W x H: 4790 x 1905 x 1690 mm | Wheelbase 2775 mm

BE.05

Launch: October 2025
Based on INGLO Platform
Dimensions: L x W x H: 4370 x 1900 x 1635 mm | Wheelbase 2775 mm

BE.07
Launch: October 2026
Based on INGLO Platform
Dimensions: L x W x H: 4565 x 1900 x 1660 mm | Wheelbase 2775 mm

BE.09

Launch: TBC
Based on INGLO platform
Dimensions: TBC

Mahindra says its new architecture will use a common battery pack design with standardised cell-to-pack technology that will use both Blade and Prismatic cell structures. Mahindra will use the LFP chemistry, which, while being lower on energy density, is reputed to be safer than NMC-based cells. Vehicle battery sizes will range from 60-80kWh and will be able to accept a fast charge of 175kW, which would charge the battery up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. Mahindra says the 80kWh battery should return a driving range of about 435km to 450km under the WLTP cycle.

The new e-SUVs will have both rear drive as well as all-wheel-drive set-ups. The front motor will make a maximum of 109hp and 135Nm of torque, while the rear motor will put out a maximum of 286hp and 560Nm of torque. On board, Mahindra says the rear drive models will deliver between 231hp and 286hp, while the AWD models will make between 340hp and 394hp. Mahindra promises a 0-100kph time between 5 and 6 seconds.

Mahindra says the INGLO platform cars will do well under GNCAP, EuroNCAP and BNCAP too. Active safety too has been given due attention and Mahindra says the cars will have ADAS capabilities up to L2+ autonomy.

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