Earlier this week, we shared spy shots of the Mahindra XUV.e8 EV SUV, which was undergoing testing with body panels resembling the XUV700. Today, new spy shots have emerged, providing a clearer preview of Mahindra’s upcoming rival to the Harrier EV.
The XUV.e8 is set to compete with the Harrier EV and Safari EV and features distinct exterior styling modifications tailored for its electric nature. These recent spy shots suggest that the vehicle is approaching a production-ready state. While the overall body shape and windows resemble the XUV700, notable styling changes are evident at the front.
The spy shots conceal the bodyshell and alloy wheel design, but it’s apparent that the production version of the XUV.e8 will adopt many of the styling cues showcased in Mahindra’s concept presentation at last year’s Independence Day event in the UK. Notably, the XUV.e8 sports a unique front fascia with a full-width vertical LED light bar integrated into the bumper corners.
The front grille is entirely redesigned and sealed, flanked by new headlamp units. The vehicle maintains flush door handles but introduces a fresh alloy wheel design. The rear design changes appear minimal, with the primary addition being a connected LED light bar and a new rear bumper design. The XUV.e8 will also feature copper-themed design elements that were introduced in the XUV400 EV.
One of the most significant reveals from these spy shots is the interior, which appears nearly ready for production. The steering wheel is new with a flat-bottom and a two-spoke design, resembling the recently facelifted Nexon. The dashboard features a novel design, particularly the top section housing three horizontal screens. These screens serve various purposes, with one acting as a digital driver’s display, another handling infotainment functions, and the third providing vehicle information for the passenger.
The air conditioning vent layout remains similar, but the control panel below it appears glossy and equipped with touch-sensitive buttons. The center console retains its design from the XUV700, including the traditional automatic gear knob, now used for drive selection. There’s also an additional round knob behind it, likely for managing drive modes and other functions.
In terms of dimensions, the XUV.e8 will measure 4,740mm in length, 1,900mm in width, 1,760mm in height, and have a 2,762mm wheelbase. Compared to the XUV700, it will be slightly longer, wider, and taller, with a slightly extended wheelbase. Mahindra has confirmed that the XUV.e8 will feature an 80kWh battery and all-wheel drive technology, offering two power options: 230hp and 350hp.
The launch timeline for the XUV.e8 is set for late 2024, putting it in direct competition with Tata Motors’ Harrier EV and Safari EV.
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