Mahindra has been spotted testing a XUV500 crossover on Indian roads, a possible indicator that the automaker has begun testing the automatic variant of the crossover ahead of its market introduction next year. Mahindra has been working with Ssangyong to jointly develop a new 6 speed automatic transmission for use in both Mahindra and Ssangyong utility vehicles. The companies are also engaged in jointly developing engines.
In India, the Mahindra XUV500 will be the first vehicle to feature the newly developed 6 speed automatic gearbox. Thus far, Mahindra has been selling the XUV500 with a 6 speed manual gearbox in India. Internationally though (in South American and African markets), the XUV500 is sold with a 6 speed automatic gearbox, presumably a unit borrowed from the Scorpio SUV. The crossover is sold with front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts.
The engine of the crossover is a higher-spec version of the mHawk turbo diesel motor found on the Scorpio. On the XUV500, this engine outputs 140 Bhp of peak power and 330 Nm of peak torque. When the 6 speed automatic gearbox is added to this engine, expect a bump up on power and torque figures on the XUV500 as the automatic gearbox is likely to be capable of handling more torque than the manual gearbox.
Along with the new automatic gearbox, and perhaps a little more power and torque, the XUV500 is likely to receive a facelift. The facelifted model with the new feature additions will go on sale in India from the second half of next year. Mahindra is also working on a diesel hybrid version of the XUV500 for the Indian market. The diesel hybrid version of the XUV500 was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. A production time frame seems uncertain though.
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