Mahindra has introduced an Automatic Transmission in the W6 FWD variant of the new XUV500 that has been priced at Rs 14.29 lakh (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai). With this price tag, the W6 variant becomes the cheapest trim in the XUV500 range to come with an automatic gearbox and will be the fourth model in the AT line-up that includes the XUV500 W8 AT FWD, the W10 AT FWD and the W10 AT AWD.
The XUV500 W6 AT competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta diesel SX+ 1.6 AT and the Renault Duster AMT and with this price tag, the new variant is cheaper than the Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel AT, but more expensive than the Duster diesel AMT. By introducing an W6 AMT version, Mahindra is surely trying to target Hyundai Creta diesel AMT, as it comes loaded with almost same features like projector headlamps, automatic climate control, 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, voice recognition and SMS readouts, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and dual front airbags.
Speaking on the introduction of automatic transmission in the XUV500 W6 FWD variant, Mr Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said,“The Automatic Transmission of the New Age XUV500 has resonated very well with our customers since we launched it in November 2015. I am sure that the availability of the Automatic Transmission across variants and a range of price points will now render this technology more accessible to a larger base of customers and make the XUV500 a more attractive proposition amongst a wide spectrum of buyers.”
Under the hood, the XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mHawk 140 diesel engine that develops 140bhp @ 3,750 rpm and 330Nm of torque @ 1,600-2,800 rpm. The automatic transmission has been sourced from AISIN, Japan and is a 6-speed torque convertor unit that has 2 overdrive gears and a manual mode with a button on the gear lever (no paddle shifters).