Mahindra recently teased its all-new electric SUV lineup consisting of the XUV.e8, XUV.e9, and BE.05. Although still in the testing phase, a sighting of the Mahindra XUV.e8 test mule has provided some crucial insights into this upcoming three-row electric SUV.
The Mahindra XUV.e8, essentially an electric version of the XUV700, features exterior and interior tweaks that give it a modern and feature-rich look. The test mule, spotted by Carversal, displayed a more developed appearance compared to previous sightings. While the body shell shares similarities with the XUV700, the front fascia and the boot lid are expected to be distinct, featuring different all-LED headlamps and tail lamps. The front profile is anticipated to include a full-length connecting LED DRL bar, similar to the XUV.e8 concept showcased in the UK in 2022.
Like its gasoline-powered counterpart, the XUV.e8 will also sport flush door handles, curvy LED tail lamps, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels. Notably, copper highlights will be incorporated throughout the exterior to distinguish it from the ICE-powered XUV.
Inside, the Mahindra XUV.e8 offers a glimpse of its feature-packed cabin. The dashboard showcases a three-screen layout reminiscent of the hyperscreen found in Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The steering wheel boasts a two-spoke design with a gloss black finish, resembling that of the Tata Nexon.
The spy shots also reveal a gloss black finish for the lower center console, equipped with touch-sensitive buttons for climate control and other functions. The XUV.e8 retains the traditional automatic gear knob for drive selector modes and another rounded knob for controlling drive modes.
Under the hood, the Mahindra XUV.e8 is confirmed to feature an 80 kWh battery pack, an all-wheel drive configuration, and a two-motor setup producing a combined performance of 230 PS and 350 Nm of torque. This upcoming electric SUV is set to be the flagship model of Mahindra’s XUV.e platform and is expected to be available for sale by late 2024, competing with the Tata Harrier.EV.