Mahindra aims to bring a new mid-size SUV to the markets. The new model will try to rival Asian SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta or brand-new Kia Seltos. The upcoming XUV400 model will be the first product from the Mahindra-Ford partnership. Ford is teaming up with plenty of manufacturers in the last couple of years. And now, after Rivian, Blue Oval manufacturer will work with Indian automaker on the new XUV400.
Logically, XUV400 will slot between XUV300 and XUV500 in the Mahindra’s SUV lineup. Moreover, this model will use Ford’s compact underpinnings called “B745”. Yes, Mahindra plans to enter a mid-size SUV segment, but Hyundai, Kia and even numerous European carmakers are doing the same. More details will become available in February when the Auto Expo starts.
New Mahindra XUV400 will get a brand-new design language. We already saw a glimpse of new styling on the showcased XUV300. The chrome grille is all-new, and it looks very upscale. Moreover, LED headlights are looking sharper than before, and daytime running lights are integrated this time.
XUV400 also comes with a standard skid plate and new wheels. Character lines on this SUV are crisp, and the rear part looks sportier than ever. New taillights are equipped with LED technology, and a roof spoiler is larger.
Here’s another drastic change. Mahindra confirmed to European media that the XUV300 model would get its 7-seat version, and it will run on the all-electric powertrain. New XUV400 could have the same destiny, but this is speculating at the moment. Moreover, a new model could be the XUV400 codenamed as Mahindra S204.
You can read about it on basically every automotive website. One thing is certain, Mahindra will deliver a more upscale interior and better safety rating. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be in the offer, along with the larger touchscreen.
Powertrain Specs and Rumors
Changes under the bonnet are a must for new Mahindra XUV400. Surely, this SUV will get some sort of electrification. A plug-in hybrid variant is more probable than the all-electric version. Moreover, Mahindra will introduce one new conventional drivetrain, possibly a diesel unit.
In Europe, 1.5-liter GDI four-cylinder is the most likely candidate. This naturally-aspirated engine comes with the direct-injection system, and it is a petrol-type of the engine. A 2.0-liter diesel will become available in Asia, and it will deliver 182 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
Release Date and Competition
The upcoming Mahindra XUV400 should be launched at the beginning of 2022. A new mid-size SUV will firstly go on sale in Asia, before coming to Europe. The price will be increased for sure, but we don’t have exact info about the costs.
As for the competition, the mid-size segment is the strongest one. For a start, XUV400 will try to rival its Asian competitors such as Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Moreover, Nissan Kicks, Honda HR-V and Maruti S-Cross could be other likely opponents.