India’s electric passenger vehicle market is set to see a new charge soon. Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch the all-electric version of the XUV300 – the XUV400 – on September 8, 2022.
Spy pictures of the electric SUV that surfaced last month gave a clear indication that the production-spec XUV400 will carry over the design of the eXUV300 concept showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. However, unlike the ICE-powered XUV300, the XUV400 will be longer than four metres (around 4.2 meters), as the sub-4-metre rule for lower tax bracket does not apply to electric vehicles.
Apart from the added length, the XUV400 will distinguish itself from the XUV300 with elements like new headlights with integrated DRLs, a closed-off front grille, a new design for the tail-lamps and a reprofiled tailgate.
ADAS features likely
While not much is known about the XUV400’s powertrain at present, Mahindra is likely to equip it with a single front-wheel-drive electric motor developing around 150hp, and likely to come with two battery pack options.
In terms of equipment, Mahindra is expected to add a larger touchscreen infotainment system featuring the brand's Adreno X infotainment system. The carmaker could also equip the XUV400 with ADAS features.
XUV400 to rival Tata Nexon EV
The XUV400 will kick-start Mahindra’s EV strategy and will be followed by the first of its born electric SUVs, which were revealed on August 15, towards the end of 2024. The XUV400 will go up against the Tata Nexon EV, which currently has no direct rivals, and will be the entry point into Mahindra’s upcoming range of EVs.
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