The EV segment in India is heating up quite quickly, and things are about to get a lot hotter thanks to the arrival of Mahindra’s first electric SUV, the XUV400. Right off the bat, it is evident that Mahindra wanted to make sure this had an EV identity. Even though it is based on the Mahindra XUV300, it has been heavily modified to look the part.
Mahindra XUV400 Electric Specications
|Battery Capacity||39.4 kWh|
|Charging Time ( A.C)||50 mins|
Mahindra XUV400 Interior Features
Inside the Mahindra XUV400, things are not too different If you’ve seen the XUV300, you will spot a lot of familiarity, but the first one, the big change, is the all-black interior layout. Now that it is completely blacked out, you get a blend of piano black and traditional black, but it still looks a lot more sporty than the XUV300.
You also have a lot of copper in it just like on the outside, so copper around the knobs, copper around the AC vents, and yes, it does have an air of premiumness to it as well. The seats are leatherette perforated and don’t get ventilated options.
The support is very good as well. The new bit is the drive selector. It is the most premium part of Mahindra XUV400 car, especially on the inside. It looks really nice as well. Other changes are the instrument cluster, which gets EV specific bits, so you get a lot of information in the mid screen, and the steering, which gets the new Twin Peaks logo and blacked out switchgear.
What hasn’t changed is the touchscreen. You still get the same size, but the UI on it has been revamped, especially for the Mahindra XUV400. Overall, it’s a pretty nice place to be. You get a sunroof as well. There’s no wireless charging, but that’s not a big problem.
The backseat is something that sees a minor change. In the back seat of the XV400, space is not the best, especially if you’re over six feet, but if you aren’t taller, you might have a bit more room.
The seats on the back side of Mahindra XUV400 car are comfortable. But under thigh support is quite weak compared to the XUV300, and there is a decent amount of space under the front seats as well, but if you are on the passenger seat, you get a fire extinguisher and that does rub away some space.
There are no AC vents on the back side, but overall it’s not a bad place to be. The cushioning is quite nice and you get a good view of the road as well.
Mahindra has also reinforced the battery casing with high tensile steel, ensuring total protection and utmost safety. The car, however, hasn’t been crash tested yet for a rating. The Mahindra XUV400 also gets connected tech with the Blue Sense app that opens the door to 60 plus functions that are quite handy.
The boot space is now up to a good 378 liters. Interestingly, even though the Mahindra XUV400 is based on the xuv300, some features like front parking sensors, fog lamps, and dual-zone climate control haven’t made it to the list.
Mahindra XUV400 Exterior
The front gets a closed-off grille with x motifs, and the headlamps do away with the led DRL that stretches to the bumper. There are no fog lamps either. If you look over to the sides, you’ll notice the proportions are better. which is now 205 mm longer. This isn’t a sub 4 metre since there are no tax benefits for EVs measuring under 4 meters.
What is unchanged, though, is the 2600 mm wheelbase and the 16-inch wheel size, although the design of the wheels has been refreshed. At the rear, the redesigned tail lamps are the most noticeable change, along with the new logo and a familiar shape.
What is an interesting touch are the copper elements throughout the car, and it is also what marks the SUV400 as an EV. Now why is it done? Well, since electrons flow through copper, that is a vital part of electricity. Does it look good? Well, do let us know in the comments.
The Mahindra XUV400 has a top speed of 159 kilometres.
On the very important topic of range, the Mahindra XUV400 is good for 456 kilometers.
The steering is very light and perfect in city conditions. If you have to get out of a tight parking space, this mode will be just right. But as you gain speed, it feels a bit too light on its feet. That is when you press the drive board and engage fast mode.
Fast is where the steering gains a bit of weight and you also have better response from the throttle because in front if you press the accelerator down you won’t really get much in terms of response, the torque almost flatlines, but when you have it in fast you get a decent amount of pull and overtaking as a result is very easy. Fearless, of course, is the best, the most fun and responsive.
The fearless mode is best used on empty stretches as the sharp throttle response is a bit alarming at times. What the Mahindra XUV400 also has is an “L” mode, which means one pedal mode, and that mode is supposed to be used in long, chaotic traffic jams where you just need to thrott along and don’t really have to shuffle between the accelerator and the brake.
Mahindra XUV400 takes 6hr30min for 0-100% charge(7.2kW)
Mahindra XUV400 takes 13hr for 0-100% charge(3.3kW)
Mahindra XUV400 takes 50min for 0-80% charge(50kW)
Mahindra XUV400 Price
Mahindra hasn’t announced the pricing for the Mahindra XUV400 yet. That is supposed to happen in early January 2023, with deliveries to begin by the end of January 2023. But According to CarDekho Mahindra XUV400 car priced could be from Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
In the meantime, they are working on creating a charging infrastructure for the car as well, but of course, we’d love to know your thoughts on the XUV. What do you think? Do let us know your thoughts on the Mahindra XUV400 in the comment section.