Mahindra’s New Electric SUV Will Be Bigger That Tata Nexon: 450 Kms Range, Rs 15 Lakh Expected Price!
The 2023 Mahindra Electric SUV will arrive in the first quarter of 2023.
However, the unveiling is likely to be earlier, sometime in the second-half of this year.
The SUV, which is the electric version of the XUV300, could hit the showrooms probably as early as January.
Sources say that the name could later be changed to the XUV400 since the carmaker believes the ICE version and the electric are different enough to warrant a different name.
There are a couple differentiators to this car: the powertrain and the length.
Executive Director of Auto and Farm at M&M Rajesh Jejurikan said that the car will not be a sub-4m offering, but instead measure 4.2 metres in length.
This is 200mm more than the standard XUV300.
Mahindra will use the body structure of the longer SsangYong Tivoli on which the XUV300 is based.
This will give the car a larger boot space, something that is quite limited on the XUV300.
The additional length takes it closer to the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun and MG ZS EV.
There’s not much powertrain and battery details but it is confirmed that the single motor which drives the front wheels will have a minimum output 150hp and will be fed by high-density NMC pouch cells.
This would give the SUV a slight edge in power over the recently launched Tata Nexon EV Max, which develops 143hp.
The use of the high-density NMC cells will also likely result in a longer range than the Nexon EV Max, which uses lower power density cylindrical LFP cells.
The electric XUV300 was expected to deliver a claimed range of around 350km.
However, with the launch of its rival the Nexon EV Max, Mahindra will likely offer a bigger claimed range of around 450km and a choice of battery sizes.
Battery Supply Issues
However, there is a big challenge at hand for Mahindra.
It needs to secure a steady supply of batteries for the XUV400, which will come from LG Chem.
However, the battery maker has been unable to ramp up volumes for the batteries specifically developed for XUV400.
This is the main reason for the launch being late by 3 years, after the concept was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
It is going to be offered in two variants- a regular version and a long-range version.
The regular version is expected to have a driving range of 200 km whereas the long-range version is expected to cover 375 km on a single charge.
Pricing is going to be competitive against the Nexon EV and the upcoming sub-4m EV from MG.
Expect a figure in the ballpark of Rs 15 lakh.