Mahindra showcased its eXUV300 EV concept at the Auto Expo back in 2020. The XUV400 is likely to be a production version of the eXUV300 and is reportedly launching on September 6, 2022 in India. It will be the brand’s first electric SUV to go on sale in India. The XUV400 will be the entry-level offering in the XUV brand of electric vehicles and will be pitted against the Tata Nexon EV in the market, which is currently the highest-selling electric SUV in India.
Mahindra XUV400: Expectations
Going by the leaked images of the prototypes and the eXUV300 pictures, the XUV400 could be a bit longer than 4 metres. The lack of boot space was a major chink in the shining armour of the XUV300, and Mahindra seems to have addressed it in its EV avatar. The XUV400 is expected to be around 4,100 to 4,150mm in length, which should satiate the luggage needs of the customers.
It was strange that Mahindra didn’t include the XUV400 in its recent event, where it announced its two new electric vehicle brands, technology, design strategy, and an all-new EV skateboard platform. It could be because the “INGLO” platform, which is supposed to underpin the born electrics, won’t feature in the XUV400. Pratap Bose, Chief Design Officer at Mahindra, made it clear in an interview that the INGLO platform is designed for electric vehicles of 4.3-metre and above. As the XUV400 falls short of the requirement, there are chances that it may get a reworked ICE platform instead.
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The XUV400 is expected to pack in an electric motor churning a power output of around 150BHP. The battery capacity is unknown at the moment, but since it is benchmarked against the Tata Nexon EV, it would be safe to assume that it may get a 30kWh – 40kWh battery unit. Also, it gets a wheelbase of 2600mm, which is longer compared to the Tata Nexon EV’s 2498mm wheelbase. This should allow the manufacturer to cram in a battery unit that’s bigger than its rival.
When it comes to its aesthetics, the XUV400 will come with a blanked-out front grille and other EV styling elements to distinguish it from its ICE counterpart. The headlights may get an all-LED treatment and redesigned rear taillights. The dashboard design is expected to stay fairly the same, with the addition of a bigger infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, and a new drive selector. Mahindra may include its much famed AdrenoX multimedia and connected car platform, ADAS systems, and 360-degree parking camera in this iteration.
The Mahindra XUV400, if priced right, could give the Tata Nexon EV a run for its money. It wouldn’t be a surprise if it comes with a shocker price tag, as Mahindra is known for such pricing strategies. Even if it fails to undercut the Tata Nexon EV by a huge margin, you can trust Mahindra to offer lot more features in comparison.