Mahindra launched the petrol variant of the XUV500 in 2018, but the carmaker could only find 7 customers for the petrol variant of the SUV in 2019.
Mahindra XUV500 is the first SUV to be developed in India that has tasted reasonable success abroad. It is also the very first SUV of the country to feature a monocoque frame. It was launched in the country in 2011 and is almost a decade old now. But Mahindra has been on the toes to keep the car updated by giving it a lot of facelifts. It was initially launched with a diesel engine, but in 2017 carmaker started offering it with a petrol motor as well.
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Mahindra sold only 7 units of petrol-powered XUV500 in 2019.
However, in a country like ours, big-brawny SUVs with petrol engines have never performed well on the sales chart. Sadly, the story is similar with the XUV500, too. If the sales figures for last year are to be considered, the manufacturer sold 17,175 units of the XUV500. However, only 7 out of these had a petrol power plant. The diesel engines are loved for the torque they produce across the rev-range. And besides that, they are also fuel-efficient. In comparison to the petrol engine, diesel engines possess higher volumetric efficiency. This can be the reason, for the successful run of diesel engines in comparison to the petrol units.
The diesel engine on the XUV is a 2.2L mHawk unit. The turbocharged 4-cylinder setup can whip out 155 PS of maximum power and 360 Nm of peak torque. The engine is offered with 2 gearbox options – 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT. The petrol unit is also a 2.2L 4-cylinder setup and belts out a rated output of 140 PS and 320 Nm. However, the petrol unit is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission only. Also, the petrol version of the XUV500 was offered in just one variant 'G AT'. It was equally loaded as the top-spec W11(O) trim offered with the diesel power plant.
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Digital rendering of next-gen Mahindra XUV500.
The Mahindra XUV500 is now nearing the end of its product lifecycle. The carmaker is working on next-generation of the car, which is expected to be underpinned by the same platform as the Ssangyong Korando. The next-gen XUV500 will also feature new mStallion series of turbo-petrol engine. With these engines, the sales graph for the petrol-powered XUV500 is expected to reach similar heights as their diesel counterparts.