The 150hp all-electric XUV300, which is likely to be renamed XUV400, has been stretched to 4.2 meters using the original SsangYong Tivoli body structure.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) announced today at a press conference that the all-electric version of the XUV300 will 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 half of the year, with a market launch planned for January 2023.
According to sources, the production version of the electric XUV300 could be renamed the 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 name. In fact, apart from the powertrain, the length is the most significant difference between the variants.
Mahindra has also confirmed that the electric version “will be 4.2 meters long,” which is 200mm longer than the standard XUV300, which is limited to a length of less than 4 meters in order to qualify for tax breaks. Given that electric vehicles already have a lower duty structure and, unlike ICE vehicles, are not penalized for length, Mahindra will use the body structure of the longer SsangYong Tivoli, on which the XUV300 is based, to provide more boot space, which is currently limited on the XUV300.
The Key is The Battery
The powertrain and battery details are currently scarce, but we can confirm that the single front-wheel-drive motor 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 slight advantage over the recently released Tata Nexon EV Max, which produces 143 horsepower. The electric XUV300 will almost certainly have a longer range than the Nexon EV Max, which uses lower power density cylindrical LFP cells.
The main challenge for Mahindra will be securing a consistent supply of batteries for the XUV400, which will be supplied by LG Chem. The late launch is due to the South Korean battery manufacturer’s inability to ramp up volumes for the batteries developed specifically for the XUV400. At the 2020 Auto Show, Mahindra unveiled an electric XUV300 concept, three years before the production version arrives.
The XUV400 will be critical in establishing Mahindra as a credible EV player, and it is expected to include the latest connected tech and ADAS features, which will be carried over from the XUV700’s huge success.
Mahindra’s Plans for Electric Vehicles
With the acquisition of the Reva car company, 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 implementation of stricter 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 announced plans to launch up to eight passenger EVs by 2027, including new ‘born electric’ SUVs, last year. Earlier this month, the company said it was looking into forming a partnership with Volkswagen to use the German automaker’s tried-and-true batteries and other electric vehicle components.