Mahindra is all set to launch the petrol-powered XUV500, which, as reported by us earlier, will come with a 2.2-litre motor good for 140hp and 320Nm of torque. The petrol motor will be based on the same engine block that is the foundation of the mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine. The XUV500 petrol variant line-up will get the ‘G’ nomenclature, as opposed to the ‘W’ used for the diesel range. Sources tell us that, initially, only one variant will be launched, called the Mahindra XUV500 G9 petrol. This variant will come with a six-speed automatic gearbox only for now, with a manual variant likely to join later.
As far as equipment goes, the XUV500 G9 will come with a touchscreen infotainment system but will miss out on leather seats and may not come with alloy wheels either. Also, it will only come with two airbags. The XUV500 petrol will take on the Jeep Compass petrol which comes with a 1.4-litre turbo engine good for 163hp.
In a communication to investors, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) said: “The gasoline (petrol) version of XUV500 is likely to be launched in Q1FY18.” Currently, the XUV500 is available only in diesel fuel option with two engine alternates of 2,179-cc and 1,997-cc, priced in the range of Rs.12.47 lakh and Rs.17.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Mahindra is also working on a facelift for the XUV500. Nothing is for sure at the moment but we will not be surprised to see the new petrol model of the XUV500 getting launched along with the facelift. The 2017 Mahindra XUV500 facelift is likely to get styling changes and updates to the interior. Also, Mahindra might retune the 2.2 L diesel that powers the SUV to create more power and torque.
“Depending on the response to this product, the company would launch gasoline version of Scorpio,” M&M added. Apart from these, there would be periodic refreshes to the existing vehicles, it added. Big diesel cars and SUVs have been viewing decline in demand due to supervisory concerns over pollution. Last year registration of such vehicles with diesel engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above were banned for eight months in Delhi—NCR by the Supreme Court.
The XUV500 petrol model will be inexpensive than the Diesel. We say this because logically aspirated petrol engines have traditionally been cheaper than their Diesel counterparts. Also, the fact that there won’t be a turbocharger for this engine hints at a competitive price. Lastly, the forthcoming 2.2-litre Petrol engine will be based on the mHawk Diesel engine. The fact that Mahindra won’t have to develop this engine right from the scratch should further help it with saving money on the development costs of the motor.
Mahindra XUV500 Petrol Features
The upcoming petrol model will debut with the facelift. Hence, it will carry a handful of updates over the regular model. Here’s what we expect the updated features list to be like-
• New bumper, grille and headlamps
• New tail lights
• LED DRLs
• 7 seat configuration
• Touchscreen audio
• Dual front airbags
• 4WD system
• New alloy wheels