Likely for export markets.
Spyshots of a petrol-powered Mahindra XUV500 have surfaced online, courtesy of Team-BHP fan Muthukumaran.G.
While a petrol-powered Mahindra XUV500 may not attract much of the Indian crowd looking to spend over INR 10 Lakhs on a vehicle, such a model will help the company establish itself in global export markets like the Middle East, Australia, Americas and Russia.
However, the domestic market has not been ruled out completely, as Dr. Pawan Goenka, President of Mahindra’s automotive sector, had once said that if there was a condition in the future where the diesel SUV became unaffordable, they could introduce the petrol version.
It's unclear as to which petrol engine will be powering the new XUV500 variant. It could either be the block of the 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine modified heavily to run on petrol, or an all-new engine developed along with Ssangyong. Transmission options will include a manual gearbox and a perhaps a 6-speed automatic transmission. An AWD system could also be available in higher trims, as in the diesel.
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