The Mahindra XUV700 MX AT will be launched soon in India and is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs. 15.75 lakh (ex-showroom)
Only a few weeks ago, Mahindra introduced the six-seater variant of the XUV700 in India while revising its prices. It appears that the homegrown SUV maker will further expand the range of the XUV700 to appease a wide range of customers sooner rather than later. A type approval document indicates that Mahindra is working on a new entry-level variant.
Currently, the Mahindra XUV700 is sold only with manual transmission in the base MX trim in both petrol and diesel choices. The automatic transmission is reserved for the AX3, AX5 and AX7 grades. The new entry-level variant will make the automatic gearbox more affordable and it could be offered only in the five-seater configuration.
It is worth noting that the XUV700 can be bought in five-, six- and seven-seater layouts in India. The 2024 Mahindra XUV700 MX automatic trim is expected to be priced around Rs. 15.75 lakh (ex-showroom) – around Rs. 1.75 lakh more than that of its manual counterpart. Currently, the AX3 petrol AT trim costs Rs. 18.20 lakh in India (ex-showroom).
It will help compete with the entry-level automatic variants of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Honda Elevate, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. It could fall in the same price bracket as the petrol AT spec Creta and perhaps Seltos too while Vitara, Elevate and Hyryder will be more affordable.
However, the performance numbers will be higher compared to them. Most of the features found in the base MX MT will be carried over to the MX AT as well. The equipment list will comprise an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a seven-inch instrument console, all four power windows, follow-me-home headlamps, a front centre armrest, four-speaker audio, etc.
Mahindra is planning to launch the facelifted XUV300 in the coming months and it will be followed by the five-door Thar by the middle of this year. The Mahindra XUV.e8, based on the XUV700, is also expected to launch by the end of 2024 and it will be the first model to sit on the INGLO skateboard EV platform.