Mahindra XUV400 EV evaluation: Drive, vary and extra


Mahindra’s electrical ambitions for India’s mass-market passenger automobile (PV) phase has been no secret. Though the electrical goals could have been overshadowed these previous few years by a troika of huge and boisterous – and diesel guzzling – SUVs, the Mahindra EV was all the time across the nook. Showcased for the primary time because the eXUV300 on the Auto Expo again in 2020, it was ultimately revealed that the so-called new mannequin can be christened as Mahindra XUV400. And with eyes firmly set on Tata Motors who take pleasure in a T-Rex share of the EV pie within the nation, the XUV400 was unveiled with typical fanfare earlier this week on World EV Day.

With the XUV400, Mahindra confirms it’s focusing on a choose group of ‘aware’ and ‘enlightened’ consumers throughout age brackets. The automobile maker additionally continued to underline its continued emphasis on large SUVs and repeats the XUV400 is a C-segment SUV contender, a phase that in any other case has the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq – sure, all engine-powered fashions. On paper then, the Mahindra XUV400 is gearing up for a battle in opposition to a military of rivals even when its fundamental opponents would possible be the Tata Nexon EV Max and MG ZS EV. How does the XUV400 arise in opposition to these choices?

We had been on the Mahindra SUV Proving Tracks (MSPT) lately to test the XUV400 out – from the surface, inside and on the transfer. And whereas round 90 minutes is not practically sufficient for an exhaustive tackle any automobile, there have been some key takeaways.

This is a primary impression of Mahindra XUV400 EV:

How does the Mahindra XUV400 look?

This here’s a Mahindra XUV300 given some very lightning updates on the surface to stamp its electrical credentials. The variations between the XUV300 and XUV400, if and when in comparison with the variations between Nexon and Nexon EV, are extra substantial and but, that is nonetheless practically the identical mannequin at first and first few glances.

The entrance face now has a closed-off grille as a result of there is no cooling necessities on an electrical automobile. The Mahindra ‘Twin Peaks’ brand in bronze finds a spot proper within the center whereas the pinnacle gentle with DRLs are an identical to the arrange on the XUV300. The fog lamp housing decrease down is bigger and will get bronze define however there is no DRL right here. The bumper is barely wider for a greater face proportion.

While it does look largely similar to the XUV300, the Mahindra XUV400 has several design updates on its exterior profile.
Whereas it does look largely just like the XUV300, the Mahindra XUV400 has a number of design updates on its exterior profile.

From the facet and the rear, the XUV400 is clearly a twin of the XUV300 with an identical window traces, an identical 16-inch alloy wheels, identical character traces on the physique and identical rear bumper. The one inventive replace is a slight design tweak on the tail lights, hardly sufficient to differentiate it although.

The primary replace on the XUV400, nevertheless, comes within the type of its dimensions. With no tax incentives for EVs shorter than 4 meters in size, Mahindra has stretched the XUV400 from virtually all instructions. This helps the EV on two fundamental counts – extra space on the within and a barely extra strong highway presence when in comparison with XUV300 and in reality a number of of the opposite EV fashions already obtainable at current.

Dimensions of Mahindra XUV400  Measurement
Size 4,200 mm
Top 1,634 mm 
Width 1,821 mm
Wheelbase 2,600 mm
Boot area 378 litres

The XUV300 is a smart-looking SUV and so is the XUV400. However very like how Nexon EV deserved some big-ticket design updates over the Nexon, so does the XUV400 if put forth as a wholly new mannequin. For now although, it’s a new wine in a largely related bottle.

Mahindra XUV400: Color choices
 
Arctic Blue
Everest White
Galaxy Gray
Napoli Black
Infinity Blue

What’s the Mahindra XUV400 like on the within?

The Mahindra XUV400 cabin has some lofty positives and a few very sorry negatives. It isn’t on a regular basis {that a} automobile’s interiors has us cheering and cursing all collectively however this was that day.

A look at the dashboard layout inside the XUV400.
A take a look at the dashboard format contained in the XUV400.

The Mahindra EV advantages enormously from its stretched proportions and now gives an entire lot of area on the within. Rear-seat passengers have spectacular quantities of leg area, knee room and even the pinnacle room is kind of satisfactory. Three on the again seat should still jostle for some private area however whereas the completely cramped boot area of the XUV300 was a significant disadvantage, there’s completely no have to plan packing processes for the XUV400 due to its beneficiant cargo area.

The journey and drive peak is decently excessive and the cabin continues to have an ethereal really feel courtesy the massive home windows and the sunroof above. The middle console has been accomplished in a piano black end whereas the black leatherette seats with blue stitching seems to be good.

However the creativities finish round right here. The cabin of the XUV400 will be described greatest as one that’s bland and archaic in equal measure. The central show unit on the dashboard is a reminder from early days of the Ford EcoSport, full with all of the button format. The seven-inch display itself is letdown due to its small dimension and since it was in Beta section, we weren’t in a position to try it out sufficient to kind a extra detailed opinion.

The digital driver show is brilliant and has a number of interaction of colors with knowledge. However Mahindra, very surprisingly, saved the knowledge of cost remaining switched off. This may have been essential to evaluate that claimed 456 kms vary on the transfer even when we had been solely going to a drive a small fraction of it on the observe.

By way of options, the XUV400 lacks fairly a bit with no rear AC vents and no rear charging factors and no seat air flow wherever. As a substitute, Mahindra is pointing to issues like entrance and rear-seat armrests, six-way manually adjustable driver seat and a big glove field as among the starry highlights. Good? Sure. Nice? Hardly.

How does the Mahindra XUV400 drive?

Mahindra XUV400 packs a 39.4 kWh battery pack at its core which is smaller than the 40.3 kWh battery contained in the Nexon EV Max and 50.3 kWh battery contained in the up to date ZS EV from MG Motor India. However these numbers alone don’t decide the vary of an EV which, by the best way, is at 456 kms on the XUV400.

The Mahindra XUV400 gets a 39.4 kWh battery pack which is IP67 certified for protection against water and dust.
The Mahindra XUV400 will get a 39.4 kWh battery pack which is IP67 licensed for defense in opposition to water and mud.

The actual world vary for the XUV400 is prone to be lesser as it’s for all EVs however as talked about beforehand, it’s unlucky we had been unable to get even an iota of an thought because of the battery stage indicator being turned off on all take a look at models.

But when a enjoyable drive minus vary issues is what one is after, the XUV400 has loads of it. There’s 148 bhp for the taking and 310 Nm of torque on provide, and these had been amply evident on the high-speed take a look at observe at MSPT. We even put the declare of 0-100 kmph in 8.3 seconds to the take a look at and the XUV400 is kind of fearless in hurtling ahead. Fearless as a result of that is truly the identify of one among three drive modes; the others are known as Enjoyable and Quick. In Fearless mode, there is no traction management as such which suggests a number of wheelspin. However the firm goes to make traction management customary on the launch fashions. And in order that’s that. For all sensible functions although, the Quick mode – the default – is kind of succesful as nicely with a burst of torque kicking in once you need it too.

Actually, the XUV400 advantages large time from ample energy, excitable torque and nice high-speed stability. At the same time as 150 kmph, the steering was rock regular which is splendid contemplating how gentle it in any other case is. And when issues are slowed down considerably, it’s the identical gentle steering which makes easing into corners fairly simple.

Not a lot level going into the suspension a part of the XUV400 as take a look at tracks cannot present a good evaluation however physique roll was pretty beneath management throughout our transient run with the EV. The one factor Mahindra should work on although is the NVH stage as a lot of the tyre and ambient noise filters contained in the cabin.

Mahindra XUV400 verdict:

It is not precisely attainable to pronounce a verdict for the Mahindra XUV400 based mostly on a brief drive stint inside a managed observe surroundings. However preliminary impressions of the XUV400 are pretty first rate so far as the efficiency and drive credentials are involved. However Mahindra should have put in additional work in uplifting the cabin and have record whereas taking a step or two extra by way of the outside design parts.

Execs

  • Nice drive dynamics
  • Spectacular claimed vary
  • Huge on cabin area

Cons

  • Mundane cabin design
  • Paltry function record

A lot would rely on how XUV400 is priced as soon as it’s formally launched in January of 2023. Bookings and deliveries would additionally start thereafter. I’m hoping Mahindra can spring a shock by way of pricing which might camouflage its sore factors and elevate its positives. However from all indications, I’m sticking my neck out to foretell a 20 lakh value sticker.

First Revealed Date: 11 Sep 2022, 16:01 PM IST



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