Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant has been spotted testing in Chennai, indicating that the Indian UV specialist is working on an export oriented model. While petrol cars are becoming increasingly popular, a petrol 7-seater is still not an attractive proposition in the domestic market.
With an exception of a few international markets (most of them are in Europe), petrol powered cars enjoy clear leadership and since Mahindra has global aspirations for XUV500, it makes sense to develop a petrol variant. While details of such a variant are very scarce as of now, we expect the motor to be a new homegrown unit which is being developed with Ssangyong and powertrain technical partner AVL Austria.
If we were to take a wild guess, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol motor would be a viable candidate. Mahindra being a brand which doesn’t shy away from adopting modern technologies, chances of the motor being a turbocharged unit are rich. A power output in the vicinity of 150 PS and a good CO2 emission rating would put XUV500 petrol is a comfortable position to make headway into several international markets.
Both manual and automatic transmissions are likely to be offered along with AWD system. Since XUV500 is already a well equipped product with features such as 6-airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Assistance, etc., there isn’t much work to do on this front.
It appears that the development is still in early stages so one could expect export-spec Mahindra XUV500 with a new petrol engine to be ready sometime towards the end of 2016.
Via – Team-bhp.com