Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) said a few days back at a press conference that the all-electric version of the XUV300 would be available in “the first quarter of 2023.” Mahindra’s first high-voltage SUV is expected to be unveiled earlier this year, in the second part of the year, with a market debut planned for January 2023.
According to sources, the production version of the electric XUV300 might be dubbed as XUV400, as we previously reported. The company believes there will be enough of a difference between the ICE XUV300 and its electric variant to warrant a new moniker. In reality, other than the engine, the length is the most significant change between the models.
Mahindra has also stated that the electric version “will be 4.2 metres long,” which is 200mm longer than the normal XUV300, which is limited to a length of less than 4 metres in order to qualify for tax breaks. Given that electric vehicles already have a reduced duty structure and, unlike ICE vehicles, are not penalised for length, Mahindra will utilise the body structure of the larger SsangYong Tivoli, on which the XUV300 is based, to provide greater trunk room, which is currently restricted on the XUV300.
The powertrain and battery information are still scarce, but we can confirm that the single front-wheel-drive engine will have a minimum output of 150 horsepower and will be powered by high-density NMC pouch cells. This would give the electric XUV300 a little advantage over the newly released Tata Nexon EV Max, which produces 143 horsepower. The electric XUV300 will almost certainly have a greater range than the Nexon EV Max, which employs lower power density cylindrical LFP cells.
The main difficulty for Mahindra will be securing a consistent supply of batteries for the XUV400, which will be supplied by LG Chem. The late introduction is due to the South Korean battery manufacturer’s inability to build up quantities for the batteries built particularly for the XUV400. At the 2020 Auto Show, Mahindra unveiled an electric XUV300 concept, three years before the actual version arrives.
The XUV400 will be critical in establishing Mahindra as a genuine EV contender, and it is likely to have the latest connected tech and ADAS capabilities, which will be carried over from the XUV700’s huge success.
With the purchase of the Reva car firm, Mahindra was a pioneer in the field of electric vehicles. The eVerito, on the other hand, failed to make an impression due to its poor performance, and the e2O was phased out with the installation of higher crash standards.
As a result, the Indian SUV specialist is eager to accelerate its electric vehicle development to compensate for the loss of its first-mover advantage. Mahindra revealed ambitions to deploy up to eight passenger EVs by 2027, including new ‘born electric’ SUVs, last year. Earlier this month, the business said it was looking at forming a partnership with Volkswagen to employ the German automaker’s tried-and-true batteries and other electric vehicle components.