Mahindra is ready for its grand unveiling of a range of electric SUVs on India’s 75th Independence Day. Even before that, the company will be showcasing the electric variant of its popular Bolero SUV on August 10. Amid all the upcoming EVs from the Indian automotive major, the most hyped remains to be the XUV400, an all-electric version of the popular XUV300 with slight changes.
The company has already scheduled a launch event for the electric car in September. Upon its debut, the new electric SUV is meant to take on the likes of the Tata Nexon EV Max and Tata Nexon EV Prime. The company is known to be testing it already. And for this reason, speculations around the electric XUV400 have been abuzz on the internet for quite some time now. The EV was even spotted making test runs in a series of spy shots that surfaced recently. With that, we know much about Mahindra’s upcoming electric car already.
This knowledge gems through spy shots as well as Mahindra’s own representation of the electric car in teasers. Of course, things can be different when the EV finally makes its debut, but for now, we can trust that the XUV400 EV will be just about similar to this perception. So, without any further ado, here is a roundup of all of the details that we know of the XUV400 EV a month before its unveiling.
Mahindra XUV400 Electric: Launch Date
First things first, when do we expect the XUV400 EV to hit the Indian market? Mahindra has already confirmed that it will be unveiling the electric car sometime in September. More details of the EV will be out then but it will still take time to actually reach buyers in India.
This is because the electric car will be available in the country in the first quarter of next year. As has been confirmed by Mahindra already, the XUV400 electric will be out for deliveries sometime between January and March 2023.
Mahindra XUV400 Electric: Design
From what we know so far, the electric SUV by Mahindra will be based on the petrol and diesel-powered XUV300 which currently retails in India. There will, however, be a major difference between the designs of the two. The XUV400 electric will be a bit longer than the XUV300.
This is because both the cars are based on the SsangYong Tivoli but the XUV300 had its length shortened in order to benefit from the subsidies offered to sub-4m vehicles. Since electric vehicles have no such positives of a compact form factor so far, Mahindra will likely keep the car a bit longer, with a length of about 4.2 meters.
Other than this, there may be no difference in the silhouette of the two cars. We are likely to see the same raised stance with a roof line slanting inwards as it goes back from a rather wide and imposing front. What we can be sure to see, are some design changes on top of this shell.
The first disparity to catch our attention will be the new rectangular headlamps on the XUV400 EV, with LED DRLs and triangular fog lamps placed in the headlamp cluster. The front grille will be closed off, as its electric nature will need no air inlets. The rest of the front will match that of the eXUV300 concept we saw at the Auto Expo 2020.
Other changes are likely to include a new set of alloy wheels, wraparound tail-lamps, and a redesigned tailgate. The chunky bumper at the back may conclude the extended length of the XUV400 EV.
Mahindra XUV400 Electric: Expected Features
Note that no specifics of the electric SUV have been disclosed by the company as yet. However, speculations so far give us a fair idea of what to expect from the EV. There will likely be a single electric motor to run the front wheels of the vehicle. Autocar reports that the XUV400 EV may promise a 150hp with its electric drivetrain. Backing this up will likely be multiple options for the battery pack, with a double battery pack possibly promising a longer range of up to 400 km on a single charge.
We will also likely see all the new-age features associated with EVs. These may include regenerative braking to add to the range, support for fast charging, multiple lighting systems inside the cabin of the vehicle as well as a large infotainment system at the front.
Mahindra XUV400 Electric: Price in India
There are no hints at the price of the XUV400 electric as of now. Though since we know that the electric car will be Mahindra’s entry-point EV in India, it will likely compete with Tata’s Nexon EV Prime. For that, Mahindra may launch the electric car at a price point of around Rs 15 lakh.
This is also in line with the price of the XUV300, which retails for just over Rs 8 lakh for the base variant. We see similar pricing with the Tata Nexon ICE and electric variants and Mahindra is likely to follow this disparity for its own electric vehicle.
Mahindra will be launching a slew of electric vehicles going forward and most of these will be completely new cars in its portfolio. The XUV400 electric, however, will be one that the Indian audience is familiar with. Mahindra has already seen a strong response for its XUV300 in India. With that, the company will have high hopes for the XUV400 electric as and when it reaches the market. Whether the EV manages to attract EV buyers enough to make them drop other options like the Tata Nexon EV remains to be seen. Things will be clearer once the Mahindra XUV400 electric hits the Indian market next year. Till then, stay tuned to this space for all the updates on the electric car.