Mahindra XUV500 Automatic to deliver 170 hp
Mahindra & Mahindra have signed a deal with Aisin Seiki of Japan, a leading global supplier of automatic transmission, for supply of new 6 speed ATs for both Mahindra and SsangYong cars. For a start, it will be the new Mahindra XUV 500 Automatic which will be equipped with Aisin Automatic Transmissions from mid 2015.
Currently sporting 6 speed manual gearbox, the 2015 XUV500 will receive Aisin’s new 6 speed AT gearbox. Not only this, the Aisin gearbox mated to Mahindra’s 2.2l diesel heart will pump out 30 horses more than the existing 140 bhp delivered. Autocar India reveals that the Mahindra XUV500 Automatic variant will deliver 170 bhp.
This new addition makes the XUV500 even more tempting. Once fitted with the automatic gearbox, the XUV500 will be able to cars like Honda CR-V, which are a segment above. The AT version will instantly appeal to buyers specially those tackling city traffic and road conditions.
Aisin automatic gearbox will be fitted with additional hardware and state of the art electronics so as to see enhanced efficiency and reduction of spin loss. This according to the manufacturers is due to the fact that the new generation automatic transmissions are much lighter in weight and have better gear shift facilities. This Aisin AT gearbox will also make its way into the SsangYong X100 compact SUV that will be launched later this year.