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Old 12th September 2022, 10:21   #16
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There are quite a few feature omissions, which I believe is Mahindra looking for super aggressive pricing. I have also seen a pattern wherein the Mahindra vehicles have been off late a better alternative to the Tata competitors. Be it the XUV700 vs Safari, XUV700 vs Harrier, or even the XUV300 vs Nexon.

On paper, the XUV400 promises to repeat the same feat vs the Nexon EV. Hope it performs in the real world similarly!
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Great offering from Mahindra! It should give good competition to both MG and Tata. They will probably price it aggressively like their other cars.

We got our MG ZS EV last week and this car being quicker to the 100 sounds very exciting indeed. We're going to get EV hatches soon which are even faster. It is a great time to be alive!

Hopefully it sells well and increases EV adoption in India.
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Old 12th September 2022, 10:47   #18
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I also feel that Mahindra wants to price it aggressively.
That's why they continued with old dashboard, MID and dials, cut down features from the existing 300 and not introduced any new features either.

Still find Nexon EV max as a better packaged option than this one.
Let's see how market reacts though.
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Old 12th September 2022, 11:06   #19
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I just don't like this car! Looks too dated and the copper accents are horrible. This car somehow looks over-designed and lackluster at the same time and I don't know how. This is slated for next year, and by then it'll look even more old.
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Old 12th September 2022, 11:45   #20
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NMC batteries is potentially an area of concern. It is well established that LFP batteries are more robust, better suited to high temperatures and retain their charge longer. NMC batteries are known to loose their capacity much sooner and have to be charged carefully in the interest of longevity.

LFP batteries are considered a better type of battery for automotive applications, especially for tropical countries. Despite the size and weight penalty due to the lower energy density. Really surprised that Mahindra has chosen to go down the NMC road, unlike everyone else.
That is an interesting update. Please shed some more light on which batteries are more safer NMC or LFP ?
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Took the liberty of imagining a few tweaks in the copper treatment.

First, I removed the copper fangs below the headlamps. Don't like them at all.

One: With grey wheels and copper-finished faux skid plate.
Two: With copper-finished wheels (inspired from Subarus) and faux skid plate.
Three: With copper-finished wheels, faux skid plate and grill.
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Ugly looking car both interior and exterior wise.
I second that opinion. In the hurry to be at par with Tata and to participate in limelight of Electrification success story, Mahindra had made many misses in XUV4oo. The color scheme specially the gold hints looks outrageously ugly, Many features are missing as mention in previous posts, moreover the rear ratio of glass Vs Metal(+bumper) looks so odd. The Nexon due to its notchback shape at rear looks much balanced.

XUV4oo will gain volume no doubt but not for the offerings but only because Tata could not provide Nexon very fast to customers.
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Seems like Mahindra are in a hurry to launch the product. While reading the review coming across many features that are either from the XUV300 like the infotainment unit or not yet available like the instrument cluster. As a Company the first product in a new space like EV should be bang on as it will create an impression for years to come. Just look at Tesla. Mahindra should not screw up. Going by the review they have nailed the performance of the engine, all they need to do is to get the other bits sorted.
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As long as they price it keenly, all sins of omission and excesses of Cuprum will be forgotten by the Indian customer. Someone will figure out how to fit a 10" Android screen in that ugly bezel for Rs. 15k and all's well!
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The 400 seems like a bridge to fill the gap before better things can be offered by M&M. The difference between the Nexon and XUV is that the 300 already looked dated when it debuted, continuing that look is not going to win over any new customers. Also, the Nexon has now an established user base and momentum. M&M would need something more and better to compete with it.
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Even-though this seems like a half cooked rush job. The positive that mahindra can take out of it is its getting early feedback from customers and reviewers and can improve the product before it's proper launch.

Right now this car seems to have a serious personality disorder when you compare the inside and the outside vibe. They need to mellow out the outside and turn up the inside.

Of all the feature ommisions, absence of rear vents seems like the craziest one that even a low price point can't justify. And i feel that will remain so in the final product since that's is not just a simple replace old with new job and requires changes at structural/design level. A major bane for anyone who has a driver and rides in the back.

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This car now appears more proportionate.
The tail lamps have been updated, and the front vertical DRL has been eliminated.
Furthermore, it appears that copper is the new chrome, and I can live with that .
Interior design appears to be comparable to the w6 variant of the XUV300; perhaps the premium variant will have an improved dashboard.
I hope M&M improves when it delivers by listening to all the input from the professionals who have driven this past week.
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Old 12th September 2022, 17:29   #28
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I do not understand why M&M's is rushing to launch so many models despite the insufficient manufacturing capability and most importantly, half-baked products. Almost the car comes with nearly 1st gen LGC modules (maybe got discounted rates as it was a safety risk in US? ) and under-development EE systems.

As simple as the engineering of an EV, it is that simple to have huge safety as well as operational issues if the technology isn't matured yet.

I hope they balance all these cons with superior pricing for the buyers(Or beta testers?)
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Copper tone looks like highly inspired by SEAT CUPRA

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Old 12th September 2022, 18:29   #30
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A horrible looking thing indeed.
Not a huge fan of the XUV 300 in the first place.
Hope the mechanicals speak louder for the car rather than the exterior looks.

Can't see this affecting the Nexon EV's sales figures for the time being.
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