Mahindra’s flagship SUV, the XUV700, has undergone a significant mid-cycle update for 2024, introducing the stunning Napoli Black variant. But this refresh isn’t just about looks; there are substantial changes under the hood that elevate the XUV700’s appeal.
The Napoli Black, which is an all new paint color, variant stands out with its captivating all-black exterior, featuring a sleek paint job, darkened grille, roof rails, and alloy wheels. It exudes sophistication and sportiness, making a bold statement on the road.
Inside, the XUV700 Napoli Black maintains a refined black and beige interior, creating an airy atmosphere. However, it adds a touch of luxury with black leatherette seats adorned with diamond stitching and chrome accents. Additionally, Mahindra introduces a 6-seater variant with captain seats, along with the innovative memory ORVM—a first in its class. While the addition of ventilated seats enhances comfort, the absence of an auto-dimming mirror and manual IRVM remains unchanged.
Moving beyond aesthetics, the 2024 XUV700 facelift brings functional upgrades to enhance comfort and technology. Ventilated front seats provide relief on hot days, while optional captain seats elevate the passenger experience. The updated infotainment system with AdrenoX software offers improved connectivity and 13 new connected car features for added convenience and safety. The massive panoramic sunroof on the XUV700 is one of its highlights.
Despite these updates, the XUV700 retains its core strengths: a spacious and comfortable cabin, powerful and efficient engines—including the 2.2L diesel and 2.0L Petrol —and a comprehensive list of features. The 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine makes 182 Bhp-450 Nm while the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo petrol motor pumps out 197 BHp-380 Nm. Both engines get 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. Both engines drive the front wheels of the monocoque bodied XUV700 across nearly all the variants. However, the top-end diesel powered model can also be specified with an all wheel drive layout.
In the competitive SUV market, the XUV700 faces rivals like the Tata Safari, Toyota Innova HyCross, and Hyundai Alcazar. The Napoli Black variant sets it apart visually, while new engine options and tech upgrades bolster its appeal. The Napoli Black colour scheme for the XUV700 is aimed specifically at the Dark Edition paint job of the Tata Safari.
Overall, the 2024 Mahindra XUV700 Napoli Black delivers a compelling blend of style, comfort, and performance. Whether you’re drawn to its visual allure or the XUV700’s overall package, Mahindra’s flagship SUV remains relevant and competitive in the ever-evolving SUV landscape.