Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M Ltd.), recently announced its sales figures for December 2023. The homegrown carmaker's overall sales for the month stood at 60,188 units (including the exports), representing a 6 per cent growth. Furthermore, the manufacturer sold 35,171 units in the domestic market when it comes to the Utility Vehicles segment, reflecting a 24 per cent rise in sales, and 36,349 units in total, including exports. The domestic sales of commercial vehicles were at 17,888 units. Commenting on the firm's sales performance for the past month, Veejay Nakra, President, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said, “In December, we sold a total of 35,171 SUVs, a healthy growth of 24 per cent over last year. We continued to face some supply challenges on select parts. We are working closely with our suppliers to mitigate these challenges going forward”.
Mahindra has lined up several exciting launches for this year. Among them is one of the most anticipated models, the Thar 5-Door. Others include the XUV.e8, the XUV400 facelift, and the new-gen XUV700. Read on to learn more about them.
Mahindra Thar 5-Door
The Mahindra Thar 5-door, scheduled for launch early this year, is generating a lot of buzz owing to recent test mule sightings that have hinted at enticing features including a metal top with a sunroof and LED lighting. Like the 3-door model, the 5-door version of the off-roader comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine that have been slightly tuned. The SUV will probably be available with both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive setups.
The anticipated upgrades include roof-mounted speakers, an upgraded armrest, a revamped steering wheel, and a 10-inch touchscreen. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and other included features may have an impact on the final price tag. Furthermore, features such as dual-zone climate control, a digital instrument panel, rear air vents, and cruise control might also be available. The Mahindra Thar 5-door will be launched at an estimated price range of Rs 15-18 lakh (ex-showroom).
Mahindra XUV400 Facelift
The XUV400 EV from Mahindra is also expected to get a facelift. The projected improvements for the electric SUV include redesigned alloy wheels, a revamped front fascia, and more interior amenities. Although an extended driving range is not out of the question, it is anticipated that the 34.5kWh and 39.4kWh battery pack options will remain. Upon launch, the all-new XUV400 EV might carry an ex-showroom starting price of Rs 16 lakh.
The brand's all-new electric SUV, the Mahindra XUV.e8, will also make its way to the domestic market this year. It was unveiled as a pre-production concept vehicle and is essentially an electrified version of the Mahindra XUV700. This e-SUV is built on the manufacturer's INGLO platform, which provides up to 175kW of rapid charging. The larger battery has a WLTP-certified range of up to 450-kilometre. The car will soon go into production and is projected to have an 80kWh battery pack. The unit is good enough to produce 230bhp to 345bhp of power. However, the exact specifications are still being kept under wraps. The new electric vehicle's dimensions are expected to be 2,762mm in wheelbase and around 4,740mm in length.
New-gen Mahindra XUV700
The Mahindra XUV700 will soon undergo several upgrades, the most prominent of which is the installation of captain seats. It is now on par with competitors, such as the recently released, cutting-edge Tata Safari SUV. Two further potential additions are automatic IRVMs and cooled seats. Being a new model on the market, we don't expect many changes to the styling or cabin layout of this Mahindra SUV just yet.