Mahindra has launched its new SUV – the XUV700, at a starting price of Rs 11.99 lakhs*

Mahindra XUV700 SUV has just been revealed, ahead of its launch. The XUV700 was originally designed as the next-generation XUV500, though Mahindra later decided to reposition the model due to its plan of massively expanding it SUV portfolio. Thus as we previously reported, the XUV500 nameplate will return in 2024, though as a Hyundai Creta rival.

Mahindra has announced prices for the base MX Series models which come in at Rs 11.99 lakh for the MX petrol manual and Rs 12.49 lakh for the MS diesel manual. They have also announced the prices of two AX series trims – the AX3 petrol manual which will cost Rs 13.99 lakh, and AX5 petrol manual which will cost Rs 14.99 lakh. All the prices that have been revealed are for the 5-seat versions. The rest of the XUV700  range pricing will be revealed once the SUV is launched in October.

Power for the new XUV700 comes from either a petrol or diesel powertrain. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol Mahindra mStallion unit is tuned to produce 200hp and 380Nm. On the other hand, the diesel is a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder mHawk turbocharged unit that will come in two states of tune. The lower state unit (reserved for the entry level version) will produce 155hp and 360Nm, while the unit in higher variants will churns out 185hp and 420Nm (450Nm with the automatic gearbox). The diesel engine also comes with four drive modes – Zip, Zap, Zoom and Custom – that are claimed to alter performance and steering response.

It will go up against formidable rivals like the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and the Hyundai Alcazar.