The XUV700, which Mahindra insists should be pronounced X-U-V seven-double-oh, is the first of nine SUVs the company plans to launch by 2026.
The XUV700’s styling is an evolution of the XUV500, which it will eventually replace in Mahindra’s lineup.
CarExpert has contacted Mahindra to see what its plans are for the XUV700 in Australia.
Up front the XUV700 wears the company’s new corporate grille, as well as its redesigned logo.
This is flanked by a set of headlights that look as though they’ve escaped from a Renault factory.
The doors feature flush-fitting pop-out door handles, while the rear is much more dynamic than we’re used to from Mahindra.
LED lights are available front and back. While base models roll on 17-inch steel wheels, high-end variants have 18-inch diamond-cut alloys.
Inside the cabin, the XUV700 seems to be several generations ahead of the vehicle it replaces. The centre slab comes features an infotainment system with a touchscreen up to 10.25-inch, and an instrumentation display up to 10.25-inch.
Available features include blind-spot monitoring, surround view cameras, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a Sony surround sound system, and faux leather interior.
There are two engine options available at launch, all paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol is rated at 147kW and 380Nm.
For turbo-diesel buyers, there’s a 114kW 2.2-litre four-cylinder which makes 420Nm when paired with manual or 450Nm when fitted with an automatic.
The XUV700 measures 4695mm long, 1890mm wide, 1755mm tall including roof rails, and rides on a 2750mm wheelbase.
Compared to the XUV500 it replaces, the new car is 110mm longer and has a 50mm longer wheelbase.