New Mahindra electric SUV could take design inspiration from the XUV Aero concept; may sit above XUV500 as the flagship model in the lineup
Mahindra & Mahindra is the only mainstream automobile manufacturer in the country to sell electric four-wheelers as the e-Verito and e2O Plus underline the brand’s commitment to eco-friendly mobility. However, both the models do not endure substantial sales because of many factors including costs, unconventionality, and lack of awareness among customers and so on.
The Mumbai-based manufacturer is not backing down though as a slew of new zero-emission vehicles are waiting to be unveiled in the pipeline in the near future. Just like every other auto major, Mahindra is wary of the fact that the future is electric and having the first-mover advantage would help in establishing the brand name.
The EESL tender is one instance where we saw the potential rivalry for the future in the electric car space as Mahindra and Tata Motors showed that they are indeed ready for transformation with their creations. Mahindra utilised the grand stage at 2018 Auto Expo to unveil a number of concepts including the electric version of the KUV100.
There have been speculations over the last few months indicating the possibility of Mahindra working on electrifying its popular Scorpio and XUV500. Its expertise in Formula E as well as latest association with Ford appears to be heading in right direction for producing future EVs. Boosted by Mahindra-owned Pininfarina’s record earnings this fiscal, the Italian design house could transform into a standalone performance electric car brand as well.
The famed Pininfarina’s unique knack in designing cars could play a major role in the upcoming electric sedan and a SUV. The electric sedan is kind of intriguing to say the least given the brand’s tradition in building rugged SUVs and it will definitely be slotted the e-Verito. It is expected to be underpinned by the upcoming MESMA (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture) platform or the one jointly developed with Ford.
It will likely produce 68 PS of power from a 380 V Nickel Manganese Cobalt battery unit and return a maximum electric range of 156 km on a single charge, amidst having 110 kmph top speed. The electrified SUV carries our interest more because of its mooted performance. We would like to think that it will be based on the XUV Aero concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and sit as the range-topping SUV above the XUV500.
It is expected to be based on the same MESMA architecture as well and cover a distance of 250 km on a single charge as well as being able to top out 150 kmph. Mahindra will also be introducing two electric buses and as many e-rickshaws in the near future.