Mahindra XUV700 will benefit from high beam assist as on high-end cars

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The function will be activated when the SUV crosses speeds of 80 km / h

  • It is seen on high end models including some BMWs and Audi which use laser lights for this purpose.

  • Mahindra is expected to use LEDs on the XUV700 for high beam assist.

  • The SUV is also likely to feature dual-zone air conditioning and a panoramic sunroof.

  • The XUV700 will get Thar’s petrol and diesel engines, but with improved horsepower.

  • The price should range from Rs 16 lakh to Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mahindra’s line of SUVs is ready to welcome a new member: the XUV700. The automaker has now released a teaser video, hinting that the SUV will come with high beam assist.

The video shows the XUV700 crossing a dark road. The high beam assist feature is dependent on vehicle speed and in the case of the XUV700 it will be activated once the SUV goes 80 km / h and Mahindra says it will increase the lighting by 1.6 time. It works when the sensor detects low light conditions (in tandem with vehicle speed) and activates high beam assist to improve visibility, thus increasing safety while driving.

Although this is a new feature for a mass market car, it has been popular among high end cars including BMWs and Audis. In the case of some BMW models, this function can illuminate roads up to 600 meters. For high-end cars, high-beam assist can also dampen the light flux when detecting other vehicles in the range. The function activates at 70 km / h and 80 km / h in certain Audi and BMW cars respectively. While BMW and Audi use laser lights, Mahindra is expected to use LEDs for this feature.

High Beam Assist isn’t the only new feature that will be on board the spiritual successor to the XUV500. Mahindra will also offer the XUV700 with integrated digital displays (for the touchscreen and dashboard), connected car technology, a panoramic sunroof, a flat-bottom steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. The SUV will also benefit from a Level 1 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), including lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and maybe even adaptive cruise control.

Under the hood, the XUV700 will be fitted with Thar’s petrol and diesel engines, albeit tuned for higher horsepower. In the Thar, the 2.0-liter turbo-petrol unit makes 150 hp and up to 320 Nm, while the 2.2-liter diesel is good for 130 hp and 300 Nm. Mahindra is expected to offer the SUV with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. An optional all-wheel drive (AWD), a first in the segment, will also be available.

Mahindra is expected to start production of the XUV700 from July and launch it by August of this year. The price of the SUV could be between Rs 16 lakh and Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete with the Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar and MG Hector Plus.

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