Mahindra & Mahindra has finally launched the much anticipated petrol powered XUV500 in the country. The SUV has been priced at Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and has been introduced in only one fully-loaded 'G' variant and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. While everything else remains the same as the diesel version, the only change comes in term of powertrain.
Mechanically, the petrol- powered Mahindra XUV500 gets the new 2.2-litre mHawk petrol engine as the diesel engine with the same displacement of 2179 cc. The same engine is currently exported to UAE and Qatar as well. The engine is capable of producing 140 bhp of power and the peak torque of 320 Nm. The output and torque is same as the diesel engine that powers the diesel version of XUV500. The petrol XUV500 is available only with automatic transmission while the diesel version has both manual and automatic as optional. The automaker has not made any announcements regarding introduction of manual transmission with the petrol powered XUV500.
Speaking at the launch, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing - Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra said, "Since its launch, the XUV500 has been a trendsetter in the premium SUV segment with a great value proposition plus head-turning style and a plethora of hi-tech features. The introduction of the XUV500 G AT petrol variant will excite consumers who have been eagerly awaiting a petrol option. The G AT variant delivers impressive performance that has come to be synonymous with the XUV500."
In terms of looks, the newly launched petrol version is same as the existing diesel variant expect for the badging of the new variant. It also gets the features such as static bending headlamps with intelligent light sensing tech and LED daytime running lights, logo projection lamp on ORVMs and rain sensing wipers among others. All these features are sported by the top end diesel variant of Mahindra XUV500.
At the inside, it gets all the same interior features seen on the diesel variant of the SUV such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, emergency call, cruise control, full automatic climate control, push button start, and an 8-way adjustable driver seat along with the advanced safety features dual airbags, ABS with EBD, passive keyless entry, tyre-tronics (tyre pressure monitor) and many more.
Mahindra has introduced the XUV500 petrol after more than 6 years since the launch of the diesel version that was launched in September 2011 and received its first mid-life update in May 2015. Although the SUV is available only with the automatic gearbox but it will take against the likes of the base Jeep Compass petrol, which is a manual offering. This introduction of petrol engine with XUV500 is under Mahindra’s future plan to offer petrol variant across its entire portfolio from 2018. Also, currently Mahindra is co-developing an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine with SsangYong, which will be used in both automakers’ models. Apart from this, the response on XUV500 petrol will be the deciding factor for Mahindra to introduce the petrol variant in the Scorpio line up.