The latest in the grapevine regarding the Mahindra XUV500’s automatic gearbox variant is that the crossover could get a power boost to go with the addition of the 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin Japan. The XUV500’s 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine outputs 140 Bhp of peak power and 330 Nm of peak torque. This output could be raised to 170 Bhp on the automatic variant while the manual gearbox equipped variant is likely continue in the same state of tune. The reason for the manual gearbox equipped version continuing in the lower state of tune has to do with the lower torque handling capacity of the manual gearbox.
Expect a decent bump up in torque levels to go with the increased power output of automatic variant. The XUV500 will share its 6 speed automatic gearbox with the upcoming Ssangyong X100 B-Segment crossover. The automatic gearbox from Aisin is likely to be the TF-80SC unit that has been used on the likes of the Volvo S60 as this is the only automatic gearbox from Aisin that supports torque loads of over 300 Nm. Given the XUV500’s limited volumes from a global perspective, developing a new gearbox for the crossover might not make economic sense for Aisin. Therefore, the TF-80SC 6 speed automatic gearbox is likely to be used on the XUV500.
Notably, the Aisin TF-80SC gearbox handles a torque of up to 420 Nm. Therefore, an increase in torque for the XUV500’s automatic variant seems likely. The XUV500’s Automatic variant will be the new flagship product from Mahindra & Mahindra, and could come with a mid life facelift as well. The new XUV500 variant may get a W10 badge, as has been widely speculated. Launched in end-2011, the XUV500 will be nearly 4 years old by the middle of next year, the time when the automatic variant is expected to be launched. Given the age of the crossover, the time is about right for a mid life facelift. The manual gearbox equipped XUV500 will join the automatic variant in getting the facelift.