Homegrown automaker Mahindra had recently revealed that it is working on an all-new SUV called the XUV700. Based on a newly-developed W601 platform, the XUV700 will be made at the brand’s Chakan manufacturing facility in Maharashtra. If all goes according to plan, we could expect to see this brand-new SUV being launched in the second half of 2021. At the same time, Mahindra is also working on the next-generation Scorpio and XUV500. With all these new models to be launched, the Indian automaker is yet to confirm where the XUV700 will slot in its lineup. However, Mahindra has confirmed that it will be temporarily discontinuing the outgoing XUV500 once the all-new XUV700 is launched.
There is quite a lot of speculation going on at the moment, especially regarding the fate of the XUV500. It is highly unlikely that Mahindra will pull the plug on this SUV as it is still finding buyers without much trouble. In fact, it was the XUV500 that really put the spotlight on Mahindra – a feat it had achieved earlier with the Scorpio. A sensible path that the automaker could take would be by re-introducing the XUV500, but just as a 5-seater. While the outgoing model does get three rows as standard, that could change with the introduction of the XUV700. This is because the latter will most likely come with better three rows than the XUV500, thereby making the former less relevant.
One of the other positives of ditching the third row in the revised XUV500 will be from the expected lower price tag. With the deletion of the last row, Mahindra will be able to price the XUV500 even more aggressively. This also points towards the possibility of the new XUV500 model being placed one level below the all-new XUV700. By default, this would warrant the former being more affordable than the latter. Then again, all of this is just mere speculation at the moment. Having said that, the likelihood of most of these coming true remains quite high. Mahindra has said that the all-new XUV700 will boast many new technologies and features.
With safety being one of the top priorities among several automakers, the XUV700 is bound to get the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature. The Advanced Driver Assistance System will add active safety tech such as front collision detection with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active blind-spot monitoring, and driver fatigue detection among others. Whether all of these will make it into the all-new Mahindra XUV700 is not known as of now. However, it is unlikely that the next-gen XUV500 will be equipped with ADAS, primarily to keep costs low. Upon launch, the all-new XUV700 should go up against the Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus, and Tata Safari. If re-introduced as a 5-seater, the next-gen XUV500 will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, and Tata Harrier.