Mahindra & Mahindra’s XUV 700: For individuals who need metropolis consolation

When a producer has constructed a automotive that has been examined on a particular observe with fashionable tech kitted out to identify for chinks in its developmental progress, you realize that critical effort has gone into the automotive. That’s precisely the story with the newest SUV from the Mahindra secure — the XUV 700 — a automotive that’s been getting M&M extra consideration since its erstwhile bestseller of yesteryear, the Scorpio.

Unequivocally, that is the most effective Indian automotive that I’ve been behind the wheel of in a very long time and, after all, that doesn’t embody the Jaguar or the Land Rover. Why? There are a couple of causes, to start out with. For one, the interiors don’t really feel like that of a truck or a business automobile. They’re spiffy, comfy and aesthetically pleasing with dashes of wood-grained veneer, leather-based and high-end plastics interspersed within the entrance, facet and rear.

Even the chrome-brushed handles in matte end evoke a BMW sort of match and that’s a very good factor. Begin the automotive and the sleek sound of the engine is not like some other M&M automotive. Mahindra large boss Anand Mahindra has usually repeated previously that each M&M automotive shares a sure DNA which is rugged, with an off-roading high quality and constructed for exhausting put on and tear.

In that vein, the XUV 700 goes a step additional. It’s all these, but additionally has a smoother edge for individuals who need metropolis consolation now supplied within the likes of competitor autos such because the MG Hector, Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Tiguan and Tata’s Harrier.

Proper from the nifty and distinctive door handles that pop open with the clicking of the important thing fob to the lane change cameras which can be positioned each in entrance and behind the automotive, the 700 is out to make a sweeping assertion. Specifically, that it’s not leaving any stone unturned in reclaiming misplaced floor.

In any case, Mahindra has been the large alpha canine with regards to tapping the SUV market that has been evolving and rising in leaps and bounds. That king of the hill place not solely slipped but additionally noticed the clear and current hazard of being dethroned perpetually with the onslaught of high class merchandise made by MG, Kia and extra in simply the final 24 months.

When you begin up the 700 with a start-stop button, its new-generation, 6-speed computerized transmission helps to easily push the 1,600-plus kilo five-seater into motion. On the street, it strikes easily and with confidence though being constructed on a monocoque chassis, there may be extra rigidity. That additionally means the automotive is a bit of bouncy on uneven roads in India, and might really feel wobbly at first however rev it up and that smooths out sooner or later.

Contained in the automotive, there’s no giveaway that it is a automotive constituted of the identical manufacturing mindset of the early 2000s. Auto lovers will do not forget that M&M would tout “frugal manufacturing” as a strategy to construct nice vehicles. The very fact is such philosophies should evolve with time and on this case frugal was beginning to imply low cost. Throughout the 700, there isn’t any shred of frugal manufacturing. A lot in order that my neighbour, who sat in it, requested if it was an Acura!

Which may be stretching it and her lack of know-how could be forgiven, however how the uninitiated see and understand a brand new automotive is usually a far higher indication of a automobile’s probabilities of success than what auto pundits predict. A living proof — the Mahindra XUV 700 has supposedly already obtained 50,000 bookings price over a billion {dollars}. The problem? To not get complacent and hold the bestsellers coming.

Spec Sheet

  • Energy: 200 PS at 5000 rpm
  • Torque: 380 Nm of Torque between 1750 and 3000 rpm
  • Transmission: New Era 6-speed Automated Transmission
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Displacement: 2 litre turbo GDi mStallion engine (petrol)
  • Kerb weight: 1,620 kg
  • Value: Rs 19.19 lakh + Rs 1.8 lakh for the posh pack (ex-showroom, all India)

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