Here’s a list of a few things we don’t like about the new Mahindra XUV 400…
When Mahindra showcased the XUV 400 electric SUV in September, we knew it was a glimpse into their electric future. Of course, the 400 is based on the existing XUV 300—a clearly dated car. But in its powertrain and performance, the electric SUV has a lot to offer, making it the fastest Indian SUV ever. We talked about them in detail in our first drive review from MSPT. However, there are a few things we don’t like about the XUV 400, or rather, a few key misses from the prototypes we drove. This article will talk about the same in detail.
Mahindra XUV 400: Cons
History design and interior
The Mahindra XUV 400 is based on the sub-four-metre XUV 300. Most of the basic design remains unchanged. However, unlike the ICE SUV, the EV is 4200 mm long, which translates into significantly better boot capacity. While that may mean better usability in general, the familiar lines, panels and surfaces elsewhere on the exterior keep the EV from looking fresh. Tweaked grille design, copper touches and other minor bits don’t really make it look ‘fresh’! The cabin design is almost identical to the 300, and therefore, feels distinctly dated! Like the ICE car, the plastics feel rough in some places and hardly do justice to the overall nature of the EV. The new all-black color scheme, however, is reassuring.
Feature Omissions-Manual AC and no rear vent.
Even being an electric SUV and a further proposed Tata Nexon EV rival, the XUV 400 lacks several desirable features. Things like wireless chargers, Type-C USB ports, power front seats, heated outside windows, electric parking brake, rear AC vents, and seat ventilation don’t make their presence felt on the EV. Most of them are quite important for a vehicle of this class.
Powertrain Limits: History’s Battery Tech!
Mahindra Electric claims a MIDC range of 456 km for the XUV 400. That big 39.4 kWh battery-150 hp motor setup is quite convincing. However, a concern here may be the cell typology and battery tech used. The XUV 400 gets its NMC battery pack from LG Chem, Korea and battery management tech from Valeo. The NMC532 battery is a fairly affordable option to provide excellent performance and fast charging. However, it uses older chemistry than most modern-day batteries, and is therefore less efficient. We will have to wait and see how this could possibly affect the range claims and the ownership experience.
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