In order to make the Mahindra XUV500’s two-pedal model more accessible, the Indian automaker has launched the W6 (front-wheel drive) variant of the SUV with an automatic gearbox at a price of Rs 14.29 lakh ex-showroom Navi Mumbai. Mahindra gave the XUV500 the much needed option of an auto-box last year. Launched at a price of Rs 15.53 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, the transmission was earlier offered in only three variants - W8 front-wheel drive (FWD), W10 front-wheel drive (FWD) and W10 all-wheel drive (AWD).
Speaking on the introduction of the automatic transmission in the XUV500 W6 FWD variant, Vivek Nayer, chief marketing officer, automotive division, M&M Ltd. said, "The automatic transmission of the new age XUV500 has resonated very well with our customers since we launched it in November 2015. I am sure that the availability of the automatic transmission across variants and a range of price points will now render this technology more accessible to a larger base of customers and make the XUV500 a more attractive proposition amongst a wide spectrum of buyers.”
Powering the XUV500 is Mahindra’s ‘mHawk’ 140, 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 142 PS of power @ 3,750 rpm and 330 Nm of torque @ 1,600 - 2,800 rpm. Sending the grunt to the front-wheels (all four wheels in the W10 AWD auto) is a 6-speed, torque-converter automatic gearbox that has been sourced from AISIN Japan. This fully-imported gearbox is the same unit that is used in the SsangYong Tivoli.
In our opinion, Mahindra has made a great move by launching the XUV500 automatic in a lower variant, making the crossover more desirable for the family buyer. Check out our road test before taking that test drive!