After years of anticipation, Mahindra has launched an automatic gearbox equipped version of the XUV500. It uses the same Aisin-made, 6-speed unit as the Ssangyong Tivoli, but the company insists that the unit has been optimised for India. While Mahindra offered an automatic gearbox on the Scorpio and an automated manual unit on the TUV300, an automatic XUV500 has hugely awaited.
The XUV500 continues to be powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk engine that makes 140 hp and 330 Nm of torque. Aesthetically the vehicle remains unchanged, and with the automatic unit available on W8 and W10 trims, expect features like automatic climate control, electronic stability control, touchscreen infotainment system etc. That brings us to another plus point of the XUV500 Automatic, and that is the gearbox’s availability on the AWD version as well – so the range includes W8, W10, and W10 AWD.
Mahindra is said to have invested Rs 58 crore on the gearbox, and is hopeful to use the unit on other/future vehicles too. Prices for the Mahindra XUV500 AT start at Rs 15.36 lakh onwards for the W8 trim, and go all the way up to Rs 17.22 lakh for the W10 AWD version. The top-spec but 2WD W10 will be available for Rs 16.2 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai, and while the vehicle has been announced today, it will reach the dealership from December 5 onwards.