Mahindra XUV.e9 and BE.05 Electric SUVs Make India Debut

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Mahindra & Mahindra revealed their vision for the future of mobility last year with a slew of converted and born electric SUVs. Two of these, XUV.e9 and BE.05 have made their official debut.

Mahindra XUV.e9 and BE.05 have made their official debut recently at the Mahindra EV Fashion Festival in Hyderabad. The Indian SUV maker wishes to be proactive in the EV space. While the rivals like Tata Motors have taken a significant lead in the EV market in India with its Nexon EV, Tigor EV and Tiago EV, Mahindra has retaliated with the XUV400. Going forward, Mahindra has announced as many as 5 electric SUVs by 2025 in the Indian market. This has begun with the first two EVs making their debut. Here are the details.

Mahindra announced the debut of these SUVs at the EV Fashion Festival in Hyderabad via its Twitter handle. The XUV.e9 is an SUV coupe with muscular creases on the body. It measures 4,790 mm in length, 1,905 mm in width, 1,690 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,775 mm. It is slated to go into production in April 2025 which is fairly far away. However, the first EV in this series, the XUV.e8 will arrive earlier than the XUV.e9 in December 2024. Both these are ICE derivatives that will be converted to EVs.

On the other hand, the BE.05 will be based on the all-electric INGLO platform which will also underpin the bigger BE.07 and BE.09. The BE.05 will be the first of the BE series to go into production in October 2025 followed by the BE.07 in October 2026, while the dates for the BE.09 have not been announced yet. Nevertheless, the official debut of the Mahindra XUV.e9 and BE.05 is the first step in the right direction as the market prepares for a complete EV overhaul in the next couple of years.

While there are no definite specs about each of the EVs, Mahindra has announced a broad range of specs. This includes an LFP battery chemistry using both, Blade and Prismatic cell architectures, a battery capacity from 60-80 kWh with 175 kWh DC fast charging capabilities allowing a 5-80% charging in under 30 mins, RWD and AWD configurations. The power figures will range from 170 kW (228 hp) to 290 kW (389 hp). The bigger battery pack will have a range of 450 km (WLTP). What are your thoughts on the Mahindra XUV.e9 and BE.05 making their debut in our market?

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