Mahindra previews 5 new electric SUVs using VW Group's tech

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"Heartcore" is Mahindra's new design language. The 05, 07, and 09 are branded BE, while the E08 and E09 are XUV.

BE-branded SUVs look more futuristic than XUV's, which are presumably closer to production, thanks to their thin LED lighting signatures and muscular, angular bodies. All the concepts were digital renderings, so we'll have to wait for real-life prototypes.

BE 05, 07, and XUV E09 interiors are shown. The BE 05 has a digital cockpit with two screens and ambient lighting. BE 07 has digital mirrors and a full-width dashboard screen.

The XUV E09 has a production-ready three-screen layout with larger bezels and a conventional center console. Mahindra mentions an augmented-reality heads-up display, 5G connectivity, and over-the-air updates, but it's unclear if all models will have them.

Following a recent agreement, the Inglo modular architecture will use VW Group's MEB platform. Electric drivetrain, battery system, and battery cells will be shared.

Inglo will be compatible with 60-80 kWh battery packs, like those in VW Group's electric SUVs. Mahindra says 175 kW fast charging can reach 80% charge in 30 minutes.

The fully electric powertrain comes with a single electric motor producing 228 hp (170 kW / 231 PS) or dual electric motors producing a combined 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS). These numbers are higher than Audi, VW, and Skoda's MEB-based EVs. Mahindra's EVs can go from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 6 seconds.

Semi-active suspension, brake-by-wire, Level 2+ autonomy, and a 5-star Global NCAP safety rating were also highlighted. Mahindra said 1 million units will be built on these underpinnings, but the final supply agreement with VW Group will be finalized later this year.

The XUV E08/E09 and BE 05/07 will launch in 2024-2026. The first model will arrive in India in 2024. Along with the concept presentation, the company opened a new design studio in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK, called Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (M.A.D.E).