The Mahindra XUV500 Automatic variant has been launched finally. Priced at INR 15.36 lakh (ex-showroom), the new variant will take on the Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel automatic which has been enjoying strong response since launch.
Built at an investment of INR 58 crore, the XUV500’s automatic gearbox is a 6-speed unit sourced from Aisin. Completely different from Scorpio’s 6-speeder autobox, which is a longitudinally mounted unit sourced from the Australian transmission specialist Drive Systems International (DSI), the Aisin sourced auto box is available in both FWD and AWD configurations. The 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel engine continues to dish out 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque. There is a strong chance that the new 6 speed AT will be seen on board other Mahindra vehicles in the future.
The equipment level of the automatic variant correspond to the respective W8, and W10 trims on offer currently. Yes, XUV500 automatic will be on offer with two trims and three variants – W8 FWD, W10 FWD, and W10 AWD. Price ranges from INR 15.36 lakh to INR 17.37 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai prices. Sales of automatic SUV500 start from 5th December 2015.
This means, you get 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice commands, static bending lamps, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, MicroHybrid (Start-Stop technology), Tyre-Tronics, automatic headlamps and wipers, front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control, alloy wheels, foglamps, automatic climate control, and electrically foldable and adjustable wing mirrors along with the XUV500 automatic.
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The introduction of Mahindra XUV500 Automatic is expected to open up a whole new audience base for the already popular crossover. More importantly, the automatic variant will boost the car’s appeal in international markets significantly.