Mahindra XUV300 EV to be named XUV400 at launch

Posted on Nov 27, 2021, 10:30:00 AM

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Mahindra believes the XUV400’s moniker will help the electric version stand out from the ICE XUV300 versions.

It is now a well-known fact that Mahindra is preparing a host of new electric vehicle launches. If things go as planned, by 2027 Mahindra could have up to 13 new models, eight of which will be electric. These will include electric versions of the KUV100 and XUV700, and what appears to be a new model called the XUV400.

At a recent press conference, Rajesh Jejurikar, executive director of the automotive and agricultural sectors of the Mahindra Group, said: “We can name this [the electric version of 300] the XUV 400, we believe it has the opportunity to be named differently. However, Jejurikar added that “it is still a code name”.

Mahindra’s nickname XUV400 has a second life

Although the company claims that the name XUV400 has yet to be finalized, the chances of that happening are very good, given that the SUV the name was reserved for might not arrive very soon. The name XUV400 was to be used for a brand new 4.3m midsize SUV that was to sit above the current XUV300 and below the now discontinued XUV500 in the Mahindra lineup. This SUV (code name S204), presented as a rival of Crete, was to be co-developed with Ford on its B platform, which would then also have a Ford variant (internally called B705). However, with the partnership now canceled, Mahindra could easily use the XUV400 badge, as the development of a new 4.3m SUV would take some time.

Mahindra XUV400: powertrain expected

The electric XUV300 was previewed as the Concept eXUV300 at Auto Expo 2020. It was based on the Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture (MESMA) platform. The eSUV was fitted with a 350V powertrain, and a more powerful 380V version was to join the lineup later. It was also announced that two battery packs will be offered on the production version, with the lower variant being the same price as the Nexon EV and a higher variant to face the likes of the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona EV.

At the event, it was also announced that the eXUV300 was the first product to feature battery cells developed by LG Chem exclusively for Indian applications. LG Chem is a Korean battery manufacturer that collaborates with Mahindra in the field of advanced lithium-ion battery technology.

Mahindra XUV400: unique exterior styling expected

The electric version of the XUV300 could also take over some styling elements from the concept. These could include the closed grille, unique front and rear bumpers, and a different design of alloy rims, among others.

Mahindra XUV400: expected launch schedule

The production version of the eXUV300 was slated to hit the streets by 2023. However, due to multiple delays caused by the pandemic and the continued shortage of chips, the electric SUV could launch in 2024 or later.

Do you think the name XUV400 is a good choice for the electric XUV300? Let us know in the comments below.

Also see:

Mahindra plans to launch 8 electric vehicles by 2027 under new sub-brand

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