Mahindra Electric XUV300 To Launch In January 2023
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) said 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 part of the year, with a market debut planned for January 2023.
According to sources, the production version of the Mahindra Electric XUV300 could be dubbed the XUV400, as we previously reported. The business 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 powertrain, the length is the most significant change between the models.
Mahindra has also stated that the electric version “will be 4.2 meters long,” which is 200mm longer than the normal XUV300, which is limited to a length of fewer 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 utilize the body structure of the longer SsangYong Tivoli, on which the XUV300 is based, to provide greater boot room, which is currently limited on the XUV300.
The powertrain and battery information is currently 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 Mahindra Electric XUV300 a slight advantage over the recently released Tata Nexon EV Max, which produces 143 horsepower. The Mahindra Electric XUV300 will almost certainly have a longer 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 volumes for the batteries built specifically 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 include the latest connected tech and ADAS capabilities, which will be carried over from the XUV700’s huge success.
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 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 announced ambitions to launch 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.