Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch the XUV500 compact SUV with a petrol-powered engine. The upcoming compact SUV will be sold under the ‘G’ series badges and will be offered in a single variant initially which has been named G9. Also, the new petrol engine has underpinnings of the mHawk series of diesel engines that also empowers other Mahindra SUVs as well.
The petrol powered XUV500 is expected to come with a 2.2-litre unit churning out 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque that will initially come mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. However, a manual gearbox is likely to join later.
In terms of variants, the XUV500 petrol will get the ‘G’ codification as opposed to the ‘W’ that the diesel gets. The features on offer will be a touchscreen infotainment system and two airbags. However, it is likely to lose out on leather seats and alloy wheels.
The automaker has not yet announced anything regarding the official launch date of the petrol powered XUV500 but the reports suggest that Mahindra will launch the compact SUV soon in the Indian market. Also, there is no word yet on the pricing but we expect it to be priced at a competitive amount with the rival Toyota Innova Crysta, which could be somewhere between Rs 14 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Recently, another rival of Mahindra XUV500 Petrol version is the Jeep Compass that offers a turbo-petrol engine and a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. However, the Mahindra mHawk engine will not be as powerful as the Jeep Compass. Also, the launch of Jeep Compass in India has not yet affected the sales of the Mahindra XUV500. The compact SUV has been managing to sell good numbers till now despite increased competition. Mahindra has been selling an average of more than 3,000 monthly units since the Compass’s launch. This number is more than the 2,000 unit average the XUV was maintaining before the new Jeep’s launch. To be noted is that Jeep has been selling around 2,000 units of the Compass each month for the last 2 months.
It will be interesting to see the rivalry once Mahindra launches the petrol powered XUV500 in the country. For further updates on the same, stay tuned to V3cars.com.