With the BS-VI deadline (1 April 2020) not more than a year away, automakers have already started testing their BS-VI compliant models in order to get their product line-up ready on time. A few days after the BS-VI Mahindra XUV300 made its spy photo debut, the BS-VI Mahindra XUV500 has been spied for the first time. The spied SUV can be seen wearing a green BSVI-D sticker above the fuel tank indicating that it's powered by a diesel engine.
The Mahindra XUV500 comes with 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. The diesel unit produces 114 kW (155.00 PS) at 3750 rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,800 rpm in the current BS-IV version, while the petrol engine delivers 103 kW (140.04 PS) at 4,500 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 2,000-3,000 rpm. These specifications, naturally, are of the current, BS-IV version. The diesel engine is paired with a 6-Speed manual transmission, while the petrol engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The test mule seen here is likely employing Mahindra's all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine that is said to come in three states of tune: 140 hp (141.94 PS), 160 hp (162.22 PS) and 180 hp (182.50 PS). This engine will replace the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The next-gen Mahindra XUV500 set to arrive by the end of 2020 will reportedly sport the most powerful version. However, which version will power the current Mahindra XUV500 from April 2020 until the fully redesigned model arrives is yet to be known. As for the 2.2-litre mHawk petrol engine, it could be dropped by March 2020.
This week, Mahindra launched a new 'W3' entry-level grade of the XUV500. The W3 grade is priced at INR 12,30,776 (ex-showroom Delhi). The previous entry-level grade, W5, continues being sold. It is priced at INR 12,89,765 (ex-showroom Delhi).
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