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The bigger and better equipped XUV700, the spiritual successor to the XUV500, was launched in August. The XUV700 is expected to enter the list of Mahindra’s current bestsellers like Thar, Bolero and Scorpio soon. The SUV gets top marks for its design and packs in segment-first and best-in-class features. Another plus is the competitive pricing, starting at just Rs 12 lakh, ex-sh.
Mahindra XUV700 4×4 Off-Road Variant Render
While the Thar has been a true-blue off-roader and has gotten even better with the new-gen model, the XUV700 is not likely to have the same capabilities in its current form. To bridge this gap, automotive artist Pratyush Raut has introduced an off-road version of the XUV700. This render focuses on functional updates that significantly enhance the off-roading capabilities of the SUV. The original design elements have been retained in their original form.
Up front, the off-road variant of the XUV700 gets a huge skid plate. The bumper now gets bigger and comes with sturdy looking twin toe hooks. It replaces the air dam that can be seen with the stock variant. Skid plates have also been added to the side skirts.
Another important update is the four high-power halogen lamps. These are located just below the front grille. Visibility is further improved with an additional set of LED lights mounted on the ceiling. The fog lamps are much bigger as compared to the stock variant.
On the side, the off-road version of the XUV700 gets bigger wheel arches. These are done in a dual-tone color theme of matte black with piano black outlines and accents. Small reflectors have been added for a sportier look and feel.
The original alloy wheels have been replaced with hardened looking steel wheels. The stock tires have been replaced with chunkier units that look bigger and wider. The off-roader also gets functional roof rails.
In other updates, the SUV gets larger, vertically aligned rear view mirrors. For uninterrupted air supply, a snorkel has been added to the left side of the SUV. This is one of the most significant functional updates for the XUV700 off-road variant.
A snorkel greatly increases a vehicle’s ability to land in water. This ensures that the vehicle can remain partially submerged for long periods without losing engine power. A snorkel also comes in handy when negotiating dirty and muddy tracks. Mahindra has been making vehicles for the Indian Army as well as others for many years. Will we get to see the all-new Mahindra XUV700 in Army Green in the future?
The updates introduced for the off-road variant of the XUV700 will make it a bit bulky. However, this may not have a significant impact on performance. The XUV700 is equipped with powerful engines that can handle some of the extra load with ease.
There are two engine options for the XUV700. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor is capable of producing 200 PS of maximum power at 5,000 rpm and 380 Nm of peak torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm. The 2.2 liter turbo diesel unit makes 185 PS at 3500 rpm. Torque output is 420 Nm with manual and 450 Nm with automatic transmission. Both the engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.