A few months ago, Paralympian Deepa Malik posted a tweet saying that she loves driving big SUVs but getting in and out is a challenge for her because she has to use a special seat. She tagged Mahindra, MG Motor and Tata Motors and said that she would buy their SUV if it will come with a special seat. Anand Mahindra replied to Deepa’s tweet and agreed to build an XUV700 with a special seat.
Impressed with this technology.Sincerely hope Automobile world in India can give us this dignity and comfort.. I love to drive big SUVs but getting in and out is a challenge, Give me this seat n I buy your SUV @anandmahindra @TataCompanies @RNTata2000 @MGMotorIn #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/0yFGwvl46V— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) August 20, 2021
Now, Deepa has shared the pictures of her new special XUV700 that is currently being developed.
The SUV is being developed at Mahindra Research Valley and Deepa Malik visited the facility to see the ongoing work. In the picture, we can see an XUV700 with a special seat. The seat is developed by TrueAssis Tech who are already installing such seats in other Mahindra’s vehicles. Deepa Malik is also the voice behind MG Astor’s personal AI assistant.
Thank you @anandmahindra for understanding my @TwitterIndia post reaching out for inclusive assistance in vehicles. Just in few weeks here I am at MRV with your research team and happy to see the ongoing work. You are a man of your words. This is #indiaat75 @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/fBIQJ24HTH— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) October 22, 2021
Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are a rarity in India, despite more than 2 percent Indians living with disabilities. Most wheelchair-accessible cars are modified with an internal platform, extendable rails and a raised roof, and no such vehicles are available from the factory. We hope this accessible Mahindra XUV700 guides a change in the industry, and that more affordable mobility options become available for Indians with disabilities.