The country’s largest SUV manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, has been teasing the nation for some time now with its upcoming ‘born electric’ SUV range. But apart from a few photos and a small teaser, we didn’t see anything substantial. Until recently, when the automaker released a huge teaser showing off not one, two or three, but rather five new upcoming SUVs from its range of electric vehicles. The company showed in its official look the silhouettes of five electric vehicles just before their global debut in the UK on 15 August.
Mahindra discreetly revealed photos of the upcoming crossover, two SUV coupes, a compact SUV and what appears to be a vehicle with a trophy truck-like look. And as we’ve already seen, as part of a brand new universal design language, the Born EVs have C-shaped headlamps and taillights. A dual screen panel for the infotainment and driver displays, a panoramic glass top and mood lighting are just some of the interior features we’ll be hearing more about on August 15.
The new EVs will be on display at the Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (MADE) facility in Oxfordshire, UK, where Pratap Bose, chief designer, works. According to the slogan ‘born electric’, every SUV is designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle. These SUVs mark the automaker’s entry into the long-haul electric vehicle segment and judging by the hype surrounding them, it looks like these will become a huge crowd puller in the country.
Earlier in March of this year, Mahindra also released a teaser showing the interior of the born electric SUVs and it was very similar to the interior of the XUV700. The interior teaser showed that these will come with a large rectangular screen that will be split into two units. So there will be a digital instrument panel, while the second unit will be a touchscreen infotainment system. The center console also has a dial and a pair of cup holders. The red color could indicate mood lighting.
Other Mahindra news recently reported that Mahindra is now working on a more practical 5-door version of their popular 4×4 SUV Thar. More details regarding the 5-door Thar have now surfaced online and R Velusamy, Senior Vice President, Head – Automotive Product Development, MRV, Mahindra recently confirmed to a media outlet that the upcoming 5-door version of the Mahindra Thar will be based on the same platform as the recently launched Scorpio N.
According to the vice president, Mahindra will only make minimal changes to the new Thar, even though it will be built on the stiffer Scorpio N chassis. Mahindra Thar, a 5-door vehicle, will have only two rows of seats compared to the Scorpio N. This indicates that the 5-door Thar will be shorter than the Scorpio N, which is 4.7 meters long. The current three-door model of the Mahindra Thar has some serious problems, including the fact that it is not particularly practical. It cannot be used as a typical 5 door car as it is an off road lifestyle vehicle. There is very little room for luggage in the boot and the second row seats are not particularly spacious.