The Mahindra XUV500 is expected to get a petrol variant in India soon, but before that, the model has made its way to the UAE. The petrol powered XUV500 has been unveiled in the Gulf country and has been listed on the company’s website as well. The XUV petrol is priced at 74,900 Dirhams (around Rs.13.24 lakh) and will be available with an automatic transmission only. In India, the XUV500 is available only with a diesel heart but with the market shifting towards petrol engines once again, Mahindra would want to cash in on the trend with a petrol powered derivative.
Talking about the Mahindra XUV500 Petrol for the UAE, the crossover uses a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder engine under the hood. That’s the same displacement as the diesel version, while power output remains the same as well at 140 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. The petrol motor comes paired to a six-speed auto gear transmission as standard.
The Mahindra XUV500 is available in the Front-Wheel Drive guise on W8 trim, while All-Wheel Drive is available as optional on the range-topping W10 variant. Other features remain the same as well including the touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Tyre Pressure Monitoring system, Bluetooth connectivity, cornering lights, LED DRLs, electric sunroof, puddle lamps and much more. It’s not clear if Mahindra offers its Technopack on-board telematics system in the UAE as well.
Mahindra is slowly shifting towards petrol engines as the emission norms are attractive strict in numerous countries. Previously, Mahindra had developed a smaller capacity diesel engine to tackle the ban imposed in the National Capital Region (NCR). So, Mahindra could develop more variants of the petrol engines across its product portfolio. The Mahindra XUV500 is manufactured in India and exported to several markets overseas. While details are still sketchy on the Indian launch, we could see the petrol version making its way to the 2018 Auto Expo next February in Delhi. The company before said that it would present petrol versions of its existing models if there’s sufficient demand for the same.