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Indian automaker Mahindra has revealed that it will launch 8 new electric SUVs by 2027 as part of a 13 SUV offensive that started with the new Thar and XUV700. Mahindra revealed the plans during a virtual press conference to announce its second-quarter earnings for the financial year 2021-22.
As per the roadmap revealed during the press conference, Mahindra will keep the Bolero, Scorpio, Thar and XUV as the core brands in its product portfolio for the future. The press conference also revealed Mahindra's plans for its updated SUV lineup.
The conference revealed that a hybrid version of the recently launched XUV700 is set to arrive soon and will be followed by the next generation of the iconic Scorpio SUV. Mahindra also plans to launch a five-door version of the Thar in the next three to five years.
Out of the eight all-electric SUVs that will arrive as part of Mahindra's onslaught, four will be brand new offerings that are only expected to arrive in the last two years of the 7-year timeline started by the arrival f the new Thar last year. The other four electric SUVs will be based on vehicles in the current Mahindra lineup with the KUV100, XUV300 and the XUV700 the most likely to spawn pure EV SUVs. Mahindra expects at least 20 per cent of its utility vehicles sales numbers to be from pure electric models by 2027.
The next generation of the Scorpio will be the next big vehicle launched from Mahindra. The new Scorpio is expected to borrow the XUV700's 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel powerplants and transmission options.
In the XUV700, the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine cranks out 197bhp at 5,000rpm and 380Nm of peak torque at just 1,750rpm. The petrol engine in the XUV700 is paired with either 6-speed manual or torque converter automatic gearbox options.
The 2.2-litre turbo diesel, on the other hand, cranks out 153bhp at 3,750rpm and a mighty 420Nm of peak torque at just 1,500rpm. The torque figure rises to 450Nm when the engine is paired to the 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The other gearbox on offer with the diesel XUV700 is a 6-speed manual unit.
The all-new Scorpio is also expected to be extremely safe considering that Mahindra has upped its game in terms of safety features. The new XUV700 recently scored five stars in the Global NCAP tests. You can read more about how the XUV700's performance here.
The new Mahindra Scorpio is expected to feature a ladder-on-frame chassis. The new Scorpio SUV like the XUV700 is expected to arrive in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive guises. While the new Scorpio is expected to retain the boxy look of the current SUV, we do expect a few design tweaks to reflect Mahindra's ever-evolving design philosophy. The interiors are expected to be totally reworked, with the Scorpio expected to feature the latest connected car tech similar to what was seen on the new XUV700.
Thoughts On Mahindra's Planned Electric SUV Assault
Mahindra identity has always been decided by its utility vehicles and the future looks to be more of the same. The push towards electrification is welcome and something we really look forward to.