XUV 400 EV is here to challenge Tata Nexon EV
EVs are making headlines left, right and centre across the globe and India is no exception. We have been seeing all the major global OEM planning to go all electric in the near future. Indian OEMs are also all set to get their foot into the door by building their EV product portfolio.
Indians love SUVs, especially compact SUVs and hence the segment is booming like anything in the market. However, there are only a handful of electric vehicles on offer in the market right now. Homegrown carmaker like TATA and Mahindra have shown their product roadmap for the future and EV is one of their main focus areas. Tata is already dominating the EV race in India with its EV lineup based on its ICE platforms.
On similar lines, its competitor Mahindra recently unveiled the country’s second locally made electric SUV – the XUV400. Though it is not Mahindra’s first electric vehicle running on the roads, the XUV 400 is Mahindra’s first all-electric SUV featuring the twin peaks logo with a satin copper finish. Mahindra has announced their very own EV platform the Born Electric (BE) along with XUV.e that they have built in collaboration with Volkswagen and will come to the market from 2024 onwards.
The Mahindra XUV 400 EV is based on XUV 300, however, it is made to look more like an EV with a smoother body design, a new front facia and a few tweaks in the interior. The rear end of the car looks very familiar to the Mahindra XUV300. The grill in the front is completely covered now with the new Mahindra logo. Mahindra has incorporated copper highlights all over the body even on the roof. This is Mahindra’s new avatar for Indian consumers after being in the market for decades. The car will be available in multiple colours: Arctic Blue, Galaxy Grey, Napoli Black, Infinity Blue and Everest White with a satin copper finish on the roof with dual-tone option.
The XUV 400 EV is longer than 4 meters, this is because EVs in India don’t get tax benefits for being sub 4 meters just like ICE vehicles. This gave Mahindra freedom to utilize the full potential of the chassis and they extended the length to 4.2 meters. The wheelbase is now 2.6 meters. This electric SUV is 1.82 meters wide and 1.63 meters tall. As per the company, XUV 400 EV is the widest C-segment car in the market as of now.
The cockpit of the Mahindra XUV400 is rather modern and tweaked to look more suitable for an electric car. The addition of copper elements here and there looks interesting. The Mahindra XUV 400 EV sports a 7-inch touchscreen which is on the smaller side for Indian customers. They have introduced a first-in-segment exclusive application for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. XUV400 comes integrated with the Blue Sense+ mobile app with 60+ unique connectivity features along with smartwatch connectivity.
The Mahindra XUV 400 EV gets a front-axle mounted Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous electric motor (PMSM) that produces 150hp. The EV offers best-in-class torque output of 310 Nm which results in acceleration from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds. The 39.4 kW battery pack is comparable to the 40.5 kWh pack of Tata Nexon EV max. The car has an estimated top speed of over 150 km/h. This EV supports DC fast charging of up to 50kW, and with this capacity, the batteries can be charged from 0-80 percent within 50 minutes. The AC charging when charged via a 7.2 kW/32A outlet, it takes 6 hours 30 minutes for 0-100 percent charge. When using a standard 3.3 kW/16A domestic socket it 13 hours to go from 0-100. It all depends on factors such as ambient temperature, battery health etc.
Mahindra claims 456 km of range on a single charge, which on paper looks at par with its competition. However, in reality, we can expect it to be around 300 km mark. This car has first-in-class drive modes: Fun, Fast, Fearless with a unique combination of throttle regeneration and steering response.
Head on comparison XUV 400 EV vs Tata Nexon EV max
|Model||XUV 400 EV||Nexon EV max|
|Power||150 hp||141 hp|
|Torque||310 Nm||250 Nm|
|Battery Capacity||39.4 kWh||40.5 kWh|
|Range||456 km||437 km|
|Charging Time |
(AC 3.3 kW)
|13 Hrs||15 Hrs|
|DC fast charging||50 kW||30 kW|
|Dimensions (meters)||4.2L x 1.82W x 1.63H||3.99L x 1.81W x 1.61H|
|Boot Capacity||378 litres*||350 litres|
|Weight||1,578 kg||1,400 kg|
|Wheels||16 inch||16 inch|
|Safety (NCAP)||unknown||5 star|
|Price||Rs.17 – 20 Lakh*||Rs.18 – 20 Lakh*|
|Release Date||January 2023||August 2022|
Most of the standard features are on offer like the power steering, six airbags, a sunroof, disc brakes on every wheel, a rear-view camera with EV-specific best-in-industry dust and waterproof battery pack, and several other Mahindra features.
On the downside, XUV400 does not offer electric seats or wireless charging being a tech-focused car, there are no AC vents in the rear. The car misses out on the ADAS safety technology as well which is something Mahindra has already showcased with its other XUV sibling.
Price and Launch
Though there is no announcement about the price, we can expect the price to be somewhere between 17-20 lakhs INR. Mahindra did mention the launch date and the vehicle is going to be available in the market from January 2023
Know more on Mahindra’s competition TATA is doing: www.wheelsonroll.com/2022/08/17/tata-avinya/