Mahindra has pulled off the wraps from the all-electric XUV400, its first new-generation electric SUV. Based on the XUV300 subcompact SUV, the new Mahindra XUV400 will be launched officially in January 2023, with the deliveries set to commence soon after it.
The XUV400 is not belonging to either the XUV.e range or the BE range of all-new generation electric SUVs from Mahindra, but it commences the era of all-electric mobility from Mahindra. Once launched, the new Mahindra XUV400 will take on the Tata Nexon EV Max as its head-on rival. Here are the top five things you should be aware of about the new Mahindra XUV400:
Based on the XUV300, but has EV-specific details
Many would think that the new XUV400 is a redesigned XUV300, which to some extent, is true. While Mahindra has taken the XUV300 as the base for the new electric SUV, there are several things which distinguish both vehicles.
Starting from the front, the Mahindra XUV400 gets a closed grille in place of the six-slat grille of the XUV300. This closed grille, along with the central part of the front bumper, gets X-shaped bronze inserts and the new twin-peaks logo in the front. While the headlamps look the same with halogen projectors within them. The length of daytime running LEDs has been cut short and they do not extend to the front bumper here. Instead, the front bumper of the XUV400 gets bronze inserts around the faux fog lamp housings.
The side profile of the new Mahindra XUV400 looks bigger than the XUV300, for the former has a longer length crossing the 4-metre mark. Due to this, the XUV400 gets a more proportionate looking rear three-quarter look, with wider rear fenders and C-pillar. The XUV400 also gets the same 16-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured door handles from the XUV300, with the SUV getting disc brakes for all four wheels.
The side profile also gets gloss-black rear-view mirrors and bronze highlights on the lower part of the door panels. At the back, the Mahindra XUV400 gets slightly redesigned tail lamps with revised LED inserts and sharper edges all around. The design of the boot lid and rear bumper look similar to those of the XUV300. The Mahindra XUV400 will be available in a new shade of Arctic Blue, apart from other colour options like Everest White, Napoli Black, Galaxy Grey and Infinity Blue. All these paint shades will also be offered with the option of a bronze roof at an added cost.
It is longer and bigger than the XUV300
While the length of the Mahindra XUV300 has been restricted to fit in the sub-four-metre category, Mahindra has made no such compromises with the XUV400. The new electric SUV measures 4200mm wide, which makes it around 205mm longer than the XUV300. It also has a segment-leading wheelbase of 2600mm and a width of 1821mm, which should make it the most spacious SUV in its class. With the longer profile, the Mahindra XUV400 also claims a boot space of 378 litres, which is significantly more than that of the XUV300.
Not many prominent differences on the inside
As expected, the Mahindra XUV400 shares its cabin layout with the XUV300, though the former gets an all-black treatment for the dashboard, seats and inner door panels, contrary to the dual-tone black and beige layout of the XUV300. The centre console, which accommodates the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system at the top and conventional buttons for the dual-zone automatic climate control at the bottom, gets a gloss black finish to it. The AC vents on the corners of the dashboard get bronze surrounds.
Mahindra has also retained the twin-pod instrument console with LCD MID in the XUV400, though it here gets EV-specific information on offer. The steering wheel too has been taken from the XUV300, though it gets the new twin-peaks logo finished in bronze. The touchscreen infotainment system now runs on AdrenoX software and is compatible with 60+ connected car features. The electric SUV also gets over-the-air updates and six airbags. Other elements of the cabin include a single-pane sunroof, a new drive selector, cruise control and driver seat height adjustment.
Performance from the front-mounted electric motor
Instead of getting the 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol or the 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine from the XUV300, the new Mahindra XUV400 gets an all-electric powertrain under its hood. There’s a new front-mounted electric motor, which claims a maximum power output of 150 PS and a peak torque output of 310 Nm.
While the XUV400 claims to cover the 0-100 kmph in a quick time of 8.3 seconds, the top speed achieved by the XUV400 is 150 kmph. The Mahindra XUV400 will come with three quirky-sounding but well-defined power modes – Fun, Fast and Fearless. All these three driving modes have varying steering and throttle responses and regenerative braking levels.
Segment-best range from the lithium-ion battery
The running juice of the Mahindra XUV400 comes from a 39.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which claims a maximum driving range of 456 km (tested on Indian driving cycle MIDC). The charging port of the battery is located on the front-left fender. While the battery can be charged from 0-100 in 13 hours using a standard 3.3 kW AC domestic socket, the same can be done in 6 hours and 30 minutes using a 7.2 kW charger. However, using a 50 kW DC fast charger, the battery can be charged from 0-80 per cent in 50 minutes.