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A rival for the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail family SUVs from Indian car maker Mahindra is due in Australian showrooms next month, with prices expected to start from about $40,000.

The Mahindra XUV700 – a Toyota RAV4-sized family SUV from Indian car maker Mahindra – is due to go on sale on 15 June 2023 with petrol power and seven seats.

Prices and final specifications are still to be confirmed, but the seven-seat medium SUV is estimated to be priced from about $40,000.

Australia will initially get two highly-specified variants of the mid-size SUV, the AX7 and AX7L.

Both XUV700 models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 149kW and 380Nm. A six-speed automatic transmission from Japanese company Aisin sends drive exclusively to the front wheels.

Australia misses out on the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel all-wheel-drive variant available in other markets, although Mahindra says it remains under consideration for local showrooms.

Unlike the new Mahindra Scorpio launched in Australia in April which is not fitted with any advanced safety technologies, the XUV700 will come with a wide suite of advanced driver assistance systems.

Autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and six airbags covering all three rows will be standard on Australian-delivered models.

But a blind-spot monitor – which is available on similarly-priced base versions of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and other competitors – is only available on the top-of-the-range AX7L in New Zealand, in the form of a camera.

There is no mention of rear cross-traffic alert technology on any model, which alerts drivers of approaching obstacles as the vehicle is reversing out of a driveway or parking space.

The AX7L is also fitted with an additional knee airbag, bringing the total count to seven.

However, there is no centre airbag between the front seats – a feature which has been used by many car makers to pass independent safety tests needed to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

While final specifications for Australian XUV700s are still to be confirmed, Drive was presented with a New Zealand dealer brochure for the new mid-size SUV at a preview drive of the vehicle in India, suggesting locally-delivered variants will be similarly equipped.

Buyers have a choice of five colours in New Zealand – Everest White, Midnight Black, Dazzling Silver, Red Rage and Electric Blue – a palette likely to be mirrored in Australia.

White synthetic leather-look seat trim has been confirmed for Australia, the only colour to be made available locally.

Specification highlights for the two-car range in New Zealand are as follows:

2023 Mahindra XUV700 AX7 expected features, based on NZ model:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dusk-sensing LED headlights with auto high beam
  • LED daytime-running lights
  • Push-button start
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Synthetic leather-look seat trim in white
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter
  • Rear-view camera
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Six airbags

2023 Mahindra XUV700 AX7L expected to add, based on NZ model (over AX7)

  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • 12-speaker Sony sound system
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go function
  • 360-degree surround-view camera
  • Blind-spot view camera
  • Knee airbag (for a total count of seven airbags)
  • Electric smart door handles
  • Electronic park brake
  • Illuminated vanity mirror

Final specifications and pricing for the 2023 Mahindra XUV700 are due to be announced on 15 June. Stay tuned to Drive for more information closer to the local launch.

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Rob Margeit has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, covering both motorsport and the car industry. Rob joined CarAdvice in 2016 after a long career at Australian Consolidated Press. Rob covers automotive news and car reviews while also writing in-depth feature articles on historically significant cars and auto manufacturers. He also loves discovering obscure models and researching their genesis and history.

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