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Autocar India reports that the Mahindra XUV500 petrol will be launched soon in the Indian market.
The petrol variant of the XUV500 will draw power from a new 2.2-litre engine producing 138bhp and 320Nm of torque. The petrol engine is based on the same engine block of the mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine also produces 138bhp and 330Nm of torque.
The petrol model of the SUV will get the G codification as opposed to the W nomenclature used for the diesel range of models. As per emerging reports, Mahindra will initially introduce only one petrol variant of the XUV500.
The new petrol variant of the SUV will be named as XUV500 G9 and will be equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A new variant with a manual gearbox will be introduced at a later phase.
The interior of the petrol version of the XUV500 is expected to remain unchanged and will feature a touchscreen infotainment system, but it is likely to miss out on leather seats. The SUV will also feature only two airbags and might not get alloy wheels.
On the design front, the petrol version of the XUV500 is expected to remain unchanged. Mahindra might also introduce new colour schemes to distinguish the model from its diesel counterpart.
Mahindra is finally launching the petrol version of its successful SUV in the Indian market. The new petrol engine is based on the diesel engine and produces almost identical power figures. The petrol model is also expected to miss out on some features to keep the costs low. The XUV500 petrol will rival the likes of Jeep Compass petrol.
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