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Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spotted testing

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spied

Petrol variant would primarily target export markets.

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.

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spied

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant is most likely to employ a new homegrown motor developed in association with Ssangyong and AVL Austria.

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.

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spied fuel lid

Petrol variant will increase XUV500’s prospects abroad.

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.

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spyshot front

The brand new prototype is based on the facelifted model.

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.

Mahindra XUV500 petrol variant spyshot

It remains to be seen if Mahindra will make the petrol variant available in the domestic market.

It appears that the developmentĀ isĀ 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.

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