Seeing the rapidly growing demand for 7-seater SUVs in India, Mahindra is planning to launch a 7-seat variant of the XUV300. Named the XUV400, the new model will come with added features and a redesigned exterior.
The Mahindra XUV300 is the brand’s offering in the fast-growing and incredibly competitive subcompact-SUV category in India. It competes against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Kiger, and the Hyundai Venue. The XUV300 is based on the underpinnings of the SsangYong Tivoli, but it was modified to fit under the 4-metre length barrier. In other markets, the Tivoli is also offered in a longer avatar, and it was speculated that this variant will be launched in India with an extra row of seats. Now, it has been reported that Mahindra has recently filed a trademark registration for the name – XUV400, which is likely to be the market name for the 7-seater XUV300. It is slated to go on sale sometime next year.
Design-wise, the new Mahindra XUV400 will most probably share the same front-end as the current XUV300, but the automaker will revise it for a more distinctive appeal. The Indian manufacturer had followed a similar approach with the TUV300 and the TUV300 Plus. The side profile of the XUV400 will look to be more proportionate than the current short tail of the XUV300. This length will mainly come from the extended rear overhang. The XUV400 will utilise the increased cabin space to fit in a third row of seats. Expect Mahindra to offer a new alloy-wheel design for the new 7-seater compact-SUV while the rear-end will be completely revised with a resculpted bumper and new boot lid.
The interior of the Mahindra XUV400 will be largely similar to the XUV300, however, it may come with a different colour scheme. The added third-row will make the new model a 7-seater but will come at the cost of greatly reduced boot space which is pretty small in the 5-seat model in the first place. The XUV400 will also add extra features to the already loaded feature list of the XUV300. Currently, the XUV300 comes with features like two-zone climate control, steering modes, touchscreen infotainment unit, steering-mounted controls for audio and cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and more.
Powertrain choices for the new Mahindra XUV400 will be similar to the XUV300, i.e., it will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre turbo-petrol makes 110 PS of peak power and best-in-class torque figures of 200 Nm. The oil-burner is a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel that churns out max power and torque figures 120 PS and 300 Nm, respectively. Transmission options will include a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AMT.