Mahindra has finally launched the long-anticipated XUV400 electrified compact SUV in India. The new XUV400 is available in two variants – EC and EL – with costs ranging from Rs 15.99 lakh to Rs 18.99 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom). The prices are applicable for the first 5,000 bookings of each version. Mahindra is aiming to deliver 20,000 e-SUVs in its first year on the market. Bookings for the electric XUV400 will be accepted starting from January 26, 2023. According to Mahindra, the XUV400 EL deliveries will start in March of this year, and deliveries for the EC variant will begin around Diwali. Mahindra plans to roll out its electric SUV gradually, which means that the SUV will be offered initially in only a few cities. Phase 1 of the XUV400's availability in India will see the vehicle being offered in 34 cities – Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur, Mumbai, Nasik, Verna (Goa), Pune, Nagpur, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Cochin, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Coimbatore, Aurangabad, Bhubaneshwar, Kolhapur, Mysore, Mangalore, Vadodara, Patna, Calicut, Raipur, Ludhiana, Udaipur, Jammu, Guwahati, Lucknow, Agra, and Indore.
Commenting on the launch, Veejay Nakra, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, 'The launch of the XUV400 is a momentous occasion in Mahindra’s electric SUV journey. The XUV400 offers a compelling proposition of superior Performance, Design, Space and Technology at an attractive price. This is a brand that we have developed specifically for those customers who want to be in charge of a more sustainable tomorrow. We are confident that our first electric SUV will excite and inspire more consumers in India to go electric. It further reinforces our commitment towards developing sustainable mobility solutions for India.'
So, here is a quick look at the top highlights of the brand-new electric XUV400.
Engine, Range, and Charging
A single electric motor with 150bhp of maximum power and 310Nm of peak torque drives the Mahindra XUV400. With this engine, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds and attain a top speed of 150km/h. There are two battery options – a 34.5kWh battery pack for the EC and a 39.4kWh unit for the EL. While the EC has a range of 375 kilometres, the EL has an MIDC range of 456 kilometres. Besides the single-pedal Lively mode, there are three driving modes – Fun, Fast, and Fearless.
The Mahindra XUV400 can be charged using either a 3.3kW or a 7.2kW charger. The battery (39.4kWh) may be fully charged by the 7.2kW charger in 6.5 hours, while the 3.3kW charger would do the same job in 13 hours. A DC fast charger can charge a battery from 0% to 80% in less than 50 minutes. Additionally, a 16A house plug can be used with the vehicle.
The XUV300 serves as the basis for the design of the XUV400, which has grown in size. The electric Mahindra XUV400 measures 4200mm in length compared to the ICE XUV300's 3995mm length, thanks to the SsangYong Tivoli, which was initially downsized for the 300. The front has a blocked-off grille, bumper garnish with projector headlamps and LED DRLs, and satin-copper arrowhead inlays. The LED taillamps at the back have the same form but new copper accents, and the car comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. There are four colour options, which can be combined with a satin-copper roof: Arctic Blue, Everest White, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, and Infinity Blue.
The interior design of the car is the same as that of the XUV300, but it has a darker finish with copper highlights. While the instrument cluster still uses analogue dials, the 7-inch infotainment touchscreen has a new user interface. Mahindra has installed a new drive selector in place of the gear lever. The car also comes with dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, cruise control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and more.
The newly launched Mahindra XUV400 is set to lock horns with the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric, Tata Nexon EV, and MG ZS EV.