Mahindra rolls out a class-leading electric SUV
Indian automobile manufacturer Mahindra has officially unveiled its first all-electric SUV, the XUV400. Based on the same platform as the gas-powered XUV300, which in turn runs on SsangYong Tivoli tech from South Korea, the electric vehicle is considered class-leading and first in India in certain aspects. The sales will begin in early 2023.
At 4.2 meters long, the electric SUV is slightly larger than its gasoline-guzzling donor, although the wheelbase remains unchanged at 2.6 meters. The main exterior difference can be found at the front end, which sports a solid panel where the radiator grille used to be. The panel is decorated with numerous X letters stylized after the Mahinda badge. Elsewhere, the car boasts copper accents and rides on original 16-inch wheels.
The interior has largely been carried over from the donor model without any modifications, except for a new transmission selector and more copper accents. For the first time in its market segment, the XUV400 ships with six airbags regardless of your chosen trim level. National media are also praising it as one of the most spacious vehicles in the class.
The only electric motor available is mounted on the front axle and drives it with 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque. The SUV reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 8.3 seconds, allowing Mahinda to claim that it is India’s first mass-market passenger car with such impressive acceleration capabilities. The top speed is capped at 160 km/h, or 99 miles per hour.
A 39.4-kWh traction battery provides the power. When fully charged, it translates into 456 kilometers (283 miles) of range according to the (admittedly rather lax) local measurement standard known as MIDC. In addition to three main electronic drive modes, there is a special setting called Lively Mode, which lets you drive the EV with just one pedal.
All prices are pending.
Editor Andrew Raspopov