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After a long, long wait, the Mahindra XUV700 has finally made its global debut today, 14 August, giving India a glimpse of Mahindra’s latest SUV and all it has to offer. In spirit, the XUV700 is Mahindra’s new flagship model and is meant to provide a peek at what lies ahead for Mahindra’s future SUVs. During the global unveil, Mahindra confirmed the XUV700 would be offered in five- and seven-seat forms and gave us a look at most of its features, including some key segment-firsts.

The highlight inside the Mahindra XUV700 is a twin 10.25-inch ‘Superscreen’ layout, reminiscent of a modern Mercedes. There’s a fully digital instruments display, a bespoke Sony 3D sound system with 12 speakers, with the touchscreen unit running a new OS that Mahindra terms ‘AdrenoX’. This system integrates Alexa-based voice commands, a Sony 3D sound system, and drive modes named ‘Zip,’ ‘Zap’ and ‘Zoom’ (exclusive to the diesel XUV700).

Also available are a large panoramic sunroof, a driver fatigue alert system, an air purifier, and personalized safety messages. The XUV700 also packs segment-first advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.

The XUV700 will be offered in two main trim lines – MX and Adrenox (AX). The MX line will essentially be the entry point to XUV700 ownership and will miss out on most of the goodies, including 17-inch steel wheels, a smaller 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, power-adjustable ORVMs, and Android Auto connectivity. The AX line will be further divided into three variants: AX3 (which packs Adrenox infotainment with twin 10.25-inch screens, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa voice operations, a six-speaker sound system, connected car features), AX5 (panoramic sunroof, curtain airbags, diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights) and AX7 (dual-zone climate control, ADAS, six-way power-adjustable driver seat, driver drowsiness detection, side airbags and more).

Some of the goodies – including the segment-first flush-fitting door handles, 360-degree cameras, Sony 3D sound system, blind-spot monitor, wireless phone charging, and the electronic parking brake- will all be available only with option packs will certainly add to the price of the XUV700.

There are two engine options to choose from with the XUV700: a 2.0-liter Stallion turbo-petrol with 200 hp and 380 Nm, and the 2.2-liter mHawk diesel with close to 185 hp and over 420 Nm of torque. Both engines come with a choice of a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque-converter automatic, and the diesel-auto version actually gets 30 Nm more torque, taking overall output to 450 Nm. It must be noted; however, the diesel engine will be offered in a lower state of tune in the entry-level MX version, producing a considerably lower 155 hp and 360 Nm of torque. Mahindra has also confirmed an AWD system will be available as an option.

The Mahindra XUV700 will take on the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and the Hyundai Alcazar. Mahindra XUV700 prices are expected to range from Rs 16 to 23 lakh (ex-showroom).

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