After several teasers, Mahindra has finally taken the wraps off its much-awaited range of electric SUVs. Based on Mahindra’s new INGLO platform, the five upcoming born-electric SUVs have been categorised into two distinct sub-brands – XUV.e and BE.
- Five new Mahindra EV models based on INGLO skateboard platform
- XUV EVs to come first from 2024 onwards; BE EVs due from 2025
Five new Mahindra EVs incoming
The XUV.e sub-brand will have two models under it – XUV.e8 and XUV.e9 – while the newly constituted BE sub-brand will have three models under it – BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. All five electric SUVs will share the same platform and battery module, although they will differ in their specific outputs.
Mahindra’s XUV brand is already pretty well known with its range of ICE models, but for its electric counterpart, the company is using a new identity. The twin peak logo on the XUV range of EVs will have a new copper finish and will be the first models that make it to production, starting from 2024.
Meanwhile, the BE range of EVs, which are due from 2025 onwards, will have a markedly different look with C-shaped LED headlamp and tail-lamp elements and sharply cut body surfaces. You can read more about the BE range of models here.
The first model that makes it to production will be the XUV.e8, due for a launch in December 2024. This essentially is an electric counterpart of Mahindra’s current flagship SUV, the XUV700. Although the XUV.e8 is based on the INGLO platform, it is conceptually similar to the XUV700 – it carries forward the same basic layout, same silhouette and same three rows of seats.
The design, however, has been tweaked sufficiently to make it stand out as an EV. It gets a new look with full-width LED light bars that drop down into the bumper and closed-off front grille. The face also features angular cuts, bumper-mounted headlamps and a sharply contoured bonnet. The rear-end, however, is quite similar to the ICE-powered XUV700.
Mahindra has revealed dimensions of the XUV.e8 to be 4,740mm in length, 1,900mm in width and 1,760mm in height. It will have a wheelbase of 2,762 mm. That means the XUV.e8 will be 45mm longer, 10mm wider and 5mm taller than the XUV700, while the wheelbase will be longer by just 7mm.
Mahindra has also confirmed that it will come with an all-wheel drive system and the battery pack will range up to 80kWh. Power outputs will range between 230hp to upwards of 350hp.
The second model under the XUV.e9 brand will come in April 2025. It’s not an electric counterpart of any existing model, but a completely new vehicle with a coupe-like design. Mahindra has revealed the dimensions of the XUV.e9 to be 4,790mm in length, 1,905mm in width and 1,690mm in height. The XUV.e9 will have a wheelbase of 2,775mm. Unlike the XUV.e8, the XUV.e9 will be a 5-seater model.
In terms of design, it draws inspirations from the XUV Aero concept, and it also bears some resemblance with the XUV.e8 in terms of the LED lighting elements, bumper-mounted headlamp units and closed-off front grille. But what really sets it apart is the coupe-like design at the rear and a flat, stubby tail section. It also wears prominent gloss-black cladding all around that’s not there on the XUV.e8. In terms of technical specifications, it will likely be similar to that of the XUV.e8.
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