Mahindra has already introduced the petrol version of XUV500 in Qatar with a price tag ranging from Rs 9.9 lakh to Rs 13.7 lakh.
In Qatar, the XUV500 petrol is offered in three trim levels - W8 FWD, W8 AWD and W10 AWD AT. The petrol version of the SUV also comes with all-wheel-drive, but it is not yet confirmed whether all the options will be introduced in India.
On the design front, the XUV500 petrol remains identical to the diesel model sold in the Indian market. The only difference is the new G140 branding as opposed to the 'W' codification on the diesel models.
The XUV500 petrol draws power from a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 138bhp and 320Nm of torque. The engine is christened as "mHawk 140". Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and an automatic gearbox.
The Mahindra XUV500 petrol is equipped with projector headlamps with the light guide, static bending headlamps and disc brakes on all the four wheels. The interior of the SUV sports a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers and iPod, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other prominent features of the petrol variant of the SUV include rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system and glass embedded antenna. The XUV500 petrol is available in six colours - Sunset Orange, Pearl White, Opulent Purple, Volcano Black, Tuscan red, Dolphin Grey and Moondust Silver.
The petrol version of the Mahindra XUV500 is identical to the diesel model in terms of design. The only change is the new G codification for the trim name. But Mahindra might skip some variants of the petrol model to keep the costs low. Technically, there are no rivals to the XUV500 petrol, but as of now, Jeep Compass is the only petrol SUV to compete with the XUV500.