XUV700’s new flush-style door handles are safer and easier to use compared to conventional pop-out door handles
Countless spy photos and design renderings of the next generation XUV500, now officially called XUV700, naturally began to annoy our readers. The SUV has been in development for more than two years now, and its launch keeps falling behind. The new XUV700 sports a number of updates over its spiritual predecessor.
New door handle design
This includes a new flush style door handle on the current model claw units. Mahindra claimed that the claw-shaped handles were inspired by the cheetah’s paw. Although their design was unique, some owners felt uncomfortable for everyday use. The automaker solved this problem with a more modern and functional set of door handles.
Patent images of the new flush door handles have been leaked on the internet, revealing their features and functioning to some extent. Mahindra calls this technology “a mechanically operated concealed door handle mechanism,” commonly referred to as flush door handles. Unlike fully ejectable door handles like those in the Range Rover series, the new door handles on the XUV700 are hinged at the front and only pop out at the rear.
Advantages of the new handles
A similar flush door handle configuration is also found in Tesla Model 3, where the handles come out at the front and are hinged at the rear. These door handles are equipped with a different type of mechanism which ensures that the handles do not protrude from the car body under normal circumstances unlike conventional door handles. In the case of the XUV700, when the key fob is operated, a lever section of a door handle protrudes from the car door so that the user can pull the handle to open the door.
The patents further reveal the advantages of the concealed door handle mechanism over those used for conventional door handles. The first type has a simple and secure construction and is easily usable in different circumstances. While the latter has a complex mechanism and is not easily usable in various circumstances. In addition, the flush handles are safer to use and have a profile that prevents snagging of the rings.
The images given also highlight the working mechanism of the new handles. In addition to the functions of opening and closing a door, the new door handles will also offer a push-to-lock and unlock mechanism. Seeing an isometric view of the new door handles, it is concluded that they will be fitted with finger grooves or contours for comfortable and smooth access. In addition, they will be provided with grooves or contours for the fingers for a comfortable and smooth access ensuring minimum friction.
Mahindra even claims that these grips are much safer than the old ones because the design limits the full grip of a lever, preventing a user’s fingers from getting caught between the lever. Such handles are equipped with at least one sensor which will send signals corresponding to their position whether it is deployed or at rest. These signals from the handles will then be analyzed and sent in audio or visual form to the car’s infotainment system.
With a massive increase in Covid-19 cases in India, the launch of the new XUV700 is expected to be postponed until the end of the third quarter of 2020. It will be offered with two engine options: a 2.0-liter mStallion turbocharged gasoline engine and a 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.