That Mahindra is developing a petrol version of its flagship XUV500 crossover for markets abroad is not a new development. However, the automaker is touted to sell the petrol powered XUV500 in India as well. While exports of the XUV500 Petrol are said to begin from 2015, the Indian launch of this variant could happen by the end of next year.
The XUV500’s petrol engine will displace 2.2 liters as it is based on the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbo diesel engine. The petrol engine carries over the 2.2 liter diesel engine’s bottom half while the top half of the petrol motor, including the head and valve train are newly developed to suit the characteristics of petrol power.
Like the diesel motor, the 2.2 liter petrol engine will be turbocharged. This engine has already found application in the petrol powered Scorpio that Mahindra sells in certain markets of Africa. The motor outputs 156 Bhp of peak power at 4,500 rpm while the peak torque of 280 Nm is generated between 1,800 and 3,000 rpm.
Since the 2.2 liter turbo petrol motor is based on the 2.2 liter mHawk diesel, a slow revving nature is a given, along with copious torque lower down the rev band. A 6 speed automatic gearbox from Japanese autoparts maker Aisin is expected to handle torque transmission duties on the petrol powered XUV500.
In markets abroad, Mahindra is expected sell the petrol powered XUV500 in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive variants while the India-spec XUV500 petrol is likely to be front wheel driven. The automatic gearbox that Mahindra will use on the petrol powered XUV500 will also make it to the diesel powered model, which is expected to be launched in India next year.
Also on the anvil for the Indian car market next year is a facelifted XUV500. The facelifted XUV500 could pack in three new variants, a diesel-automatic, a diesel hybrid and a petrol-automatic, apart from the regular manual gearbox equipped diesel engined model.