Mahindra Unveils Five New SUV Concepts Which Looks Straight Out Of Cyberpunk 2077
Mahindra is back in the EVs race with an aggressive lineup for the near future
Mahindra has unveiled not one, not two or three, but five electric SUV concepts that will be launched in the near future! While all of them will be based on the company’s INGLO EV skateboard platform, they will be sold under two different sub-brands – XUV.e and BE.
Getting into the nitty gritty, the first couple of electric SUVs to be launched under the XUV.e sub-brand will be called the XUV.e8 and XUV.e9 while the other products from the BE sub-brand will include BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. Out of the five though, the XUV.e8 will be the one arriving on our shores first in December 2024, while the first BE models will reach us by October 2025.
Here’s a detailed low-down on what you can expect from these upcoming vehicles.
The first model from this announcement to come out of the factory floor will be the XUV.e8, due for December 2024. At first glance, it is easy to notice the resemblance between the e8 and the current ICE-powered flagship, the XUV700.
Carrying forward the same design and silhouette, the differences here include Mahindra’s twin peak logo with a copper finish, designed especially for its EVs. Then there’s the new front headlight assembly with LED light bars, running across the front bumper. Other changes include an overall sharp look with a heavily contoured bonnet. However, it still appears to sport the same design silhouette and looks as the XUV700.
The next and final model to come out of the XUV.e lineup will be the e9, set to launch by April 2025. Unlike any other models in the company’s lineup, the XUV.e9 will feature a coupe-like design with inspiration taken from Mahindra’s XUV Aero concept. Other notable design features include a closed-off front grille and bumper-mounted headlamp unit.
Dimension-wise, the XUV.e9 will be a 5-seater, measuring 4,790mm in length, 1,905mm in width and 1,690mm in height. In terms of technical specifications though, we don’t expect it to be much different from the XUV.e8.
Starting with the BE.05, the coupe is set to arrive on our shores sometime in October 2025. The all-electric SUV sports sharp cuts and creases all over the design, reminding us of the cars seen in the popular video game Cyberpunk 2077 (which is a good thing). At the front, it sports C-shaped headlights, with large air dams underneath them and a squared-off bonnet, with sharp cuts and creases
Touted as a ‘Sports Electric Vehicle,’ it houses large wheels in squared-off-looking wheel arches along with a sloping roofline, which tucks in the aggressive-looking rear.
Take a look inside and you’ll notice the driver’s cabin packed with two large touch screens, along with a two-spoke steering wheel. On the side sits a rotary dial, which acts as a gear selector. Dimension-wise, the BE.05 stands at 4,370mm in length, 1,900mm in width and 1,635mm in height. The coupe also sports a 2,775mm wheelbase.
The next in the lineup will be the BE.07, set to arrive a year later in October 2026. Unlike the rather angular lines on the BE.05, the BE.07 is set to feature a more traditional design, while sporting the same C-shaped headlights and tail-lights. Also same here are the flush door handles and chunky wheel arches seen on the BE.05. However, it ditches the sloping roofline of the coupe in favour of a rather upright C-pillar with a little spoiler sticking out at the end.
The cabin though features a giant screen which covers the entire length of the dashboard, reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz’s MUBIX Hypercreen. However, one major difference we noticed here is the omission of buttons, which have been replaced by touch and haptic feedback controls. Also, a welcome addition here is the inclusion of a panoramic sunroof.
Dimension-wise, the BE.07 appears to be a midsize SUV sitting between the Creta and the XUV700, 4,565mm in length, 1,900mm in width and 1,660mm in height.
Last but not the least, the top-shelf offering from the BE lineup (for now) will be the BE.09. From the looks of it, it does appear to be a scaled-up version of the BE.07 with a coupe-like design. However, Mahindra is yet to reveal the exact dimensions or even an estimated timeline for its release. The four-seater will feature a more upright design and will be classified as a four-seater, according to Mahindra.
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