Mahindra working on petrol powered automatic XUV 500 for export markets
The XUV 500 is produced by Indian automotive major Mahindra & Mahindra and was launched way back in September 2011. The XUV 500 marked Mahindra`s entry into the premium SUV space. The SUV was developed and designed at Mahindra`s design centre in Chennai and Nashik and is manufactured at the company`s Chakan and Nashik plant in India. It is the first vehicle from Mahindra to feature a monocoque chassis and is highly popular in the Indian car market.
The interesting news is that Mahindra is now developing a petrol powered XUV 500 essentially for the export markets. The XUV 500 has tasted success with its 2WD and 4WD variants in the Indian and international markets.
The petrol powered XUV 500 will produce an identical power output of 140bhp similar to the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel mill. Torque figures of this petrol motor are still a mystery. The petrol motor has been given a new head along with other engine components, but the bottom block of the petrol and diesel motors will remain the same. What`s more interesting is the fact that this motor will be coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox manufactured by Aisin Seiki. Coincidentally this is the same AT gearbox available on the current land Rover Freelander 2. The preferred choice among vehicle buyers in the overseas markets is a petrol powered automatic and that`s the reason why Mahindra is introducing the XUV 500 in an automatic guise for export markets.
Exports of the petrol powered Automatic XUV 500 are expected to begin in 2015 and there is a possibility of this model making its way to the Indian market in 2016. Nevertheless, if we look at statistics, petrol powered SUVs have never been able to sell in decent numbers in the Indian car market.
Mahindra is also testing their Scorpio Automatic which will be powered by the same 2.2 litre mHawk engine doing duty in the manual variant. It is expected to be launched sometime in 2015.
Source : – Motoring World