The Indian market has skipped a whole generation of emission compliance and will implement the BS6 compliance norms on 1st April this year. While many manufacturers have already launched their BS6 compliant products in the market, other manufacturers are rushing to launch the products before the deadline. Mahindra is working on the BS6 compliant XUV500 that will be launched in the market soon. Here are all the details of the upcoming SUV.
According to ACI, the Mahindra XUV500 BS6 is ready for the market and it will reach the showrooms in the coming weeks. The report also reveals that the 2.2-litre mHawk engine that powers the XUV500 and the Scorpio will get various systems to make it compliant to the stricter emission norms.
The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine option available with the XUV500 will get the selective catalytic reduction system or SCR and the diesel particulate filter, which is also known as DPF. Even with the addition of the new systems to meet the emission norms, the power output of the vehicle is expected to remain the same. Currently, the Mahindra XUV500’s 2.2-litre engine produces a maximum of 155 PS and it is expected to remain unchanged in the updated BS6 compliant XUV500 too.
Initially, Mahindra will launch only four variants of the BS6 compliant XUV500. There will be W5, W7, W9 and W11 variants on sale. However, all the variants that will go on sale will be Front-wheel-drive only. Mahindra will not launch the AWD version of the XUV500 when the upgraded version arrives.
Also, the BS6 compliant XUV500 will only get the 6-speed manual transmission. The report claims that Mahindra will not initially offer any automatic version of the XUV500 BS6. It should be noted that the government will stop issuing registration number to any BS4 compliant vehicle on 1st April 2020. Mahindra discontinued the petrol engine option of the XUV500 last year and it is not expected to return in the BS6 compliant version too.
Apart from these mechanical changes, the XUV500 BS6 will look identical to the current BS4 variants. With the additional equipment on-board to meet the new emission compliance, the price of the BS6 compliant model will go up significantly. However, the exact price increase is not known.
It should be noted that Mahindra is already working on the all-new, second-generation of the XUV500 in the Indian market. The upcoming car has been spotted testing on the Indian roads under camouflage. Mahindra may showcase the upcoming vehicle at the 2020 Auto Expo but the launch of the all-new XUV500 is scheduled to happen by the end of this year.