Homegrown automaker Mahindra and Mahindra is likely to launch the petrol version of its premium SUV – the Mahindra XUV500 in India. According to the report, the new variant has already been listed on Mahindra’s UAE website and it is likely to go on sale in UAE soon.
It is surprising that the SUV, which is manufactured in India, has to wait for the new variant that has already been launched in the UAE. The new petrol variant of Mahindra XUV500 has been priced at 74,900 dirhams in UAE.
Mahindra XUV500 petrol model to be launched in India soon
Mahindra and Mahindra is gradually introducing petrol engines in its existing product portfolios. Stricter emission norms is another reason why the homegrown automaker is equipping its product portfolio with the new petrol engines. Most of the automakers are gradually switching to petrol, CNG and battery-run-vehicles in place of diesel-run-engine as strict emission laws are being imposed on autos in different parts of the world including India. Earlier, Mahindra had introduced a smaller capacity, 2-liter diesel engine for XUV500 to deal with the imposed diesel ban in the state capital.
Apart from the above-mentioned reason, offering a petrol engine will increase the number of variants in the Mahindra XUV500 lineup. This will offer more choice to the consumer and will push Mahindra XUV500’s sale figures in the country.
Under the hood – Mahindra XUV500 Petrol
The petrol variant of the Mahindra XUV500 will be powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The petrol unit will use the same block as that of the XUV500’s diesel engine. The 2.2-litre, mHawk turbodiesel engine of the premium SUV produces approximate 140Bhp with 330Nm of peak torque. The smaller 1.99-litre unit also churns out the same power output that is why it is being speculated that the power figures of the petrol variant of XUV500 will also stand almost similar to the diesel unit.
It has not been officially declared yet, but Mahindra is likely to introduce the petrol Mahindra XUV500 in India with only one transmission option – automatic gearbox. It is also being speculated that the SUV will get an AWD drive variant as well.
Expected price and launch date of the SUV with new engine
The petrol variant of the Mahindra XUV500 is likely to be priced a little lower than the diesel variants. The new petrol variant of Mahindra – XUV500 has been launched in UAE at an attractive price of 74,900 dirhams and it is expected to be launched in India at a starting price of Rs 13.50 lakh.