Mahindra XUV 500 Automatic Variant Spied?

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Mahindra will launch the Mahindra XUV 500 automatic variant by the end of 2015, according to a report by Autocar India. The popularity of automatic transmission equipped vehicles is increasing in India and Mahindra hopes that adding an automatic variant to the XUV 500 lineup will add to the brand’s appeal even more.

The Mahindra XUV 500 automatic variant will get the same or more features than the AWD W8 variant, including the AWD system. The new transmission will be sourced from Japanese component manufacturer Aisin Seiki, who are well known for their transmission systems used in some Volvo, Peuget and Cadillac products.

Updated on 22nd May 2014

The Mahindra XUV500 automatic variant may have been spotted in India. A partially camouflaged test mule of the SUV was seen testing with a new model number and some interesting stickers pasted on the rear windshield. The test mule carries the model number W-216, which is odd becuase the XUV500 is internally code-named the W-201. The stickers on the windshield state that the vehicle speed should be limited to within 50 KMPH and that some component in the vehicle had been sourced from Japan.

The biggest puzzler is how different the gear-knob looks on the test mule, which leads us and some other publications to believe that Mahindra is testing an automatic variant of the XUV500. The automatic gearbox will be sourced from Aisin Seiki, which may explain the sticker. The mystery with the new model number could be explained by the speculation that Mahindra is testing out new powertrains on this mule. Check out the spy shots below:

What do you think?

Source: MotorBeam.com

Updated on 22nd February 2014

Mahindra XUV 500 Automatic Variant

The transmission will a 6-speed torque converter unit, which will used on the XUV 500 as well as an upcoming compact-SUV/crossover in the SsangYong lineup. The units will be comparatively cheap to obtain for Mahindra as they will be shared between at least these two vehicles, which could also mean that the automatic variant of the XUV 500 will not be very expensive.

The 6-speed torque converter will be one of the latest transmission from Aisin Seiki, and is in the development stage as of now. It will be a very high-tech unit as per Aisin, it will be able to handle high torque engines, be designed for transversely placed engines (like the one in the XUV 500), will offer faster shift times and have a lower rubber-band effect than other transmission systems.

The addition of the Mahindra XUV 500 automatic variant will certainly help Mahindra in terms of sales, it could also be a hit in other markets (like South Africa) where the XUV 500 is being sold. Though it may be a bit late at introducing an automatic variant (some companies like Renault or Tata will be offering automatic variants of their SUVs as soon as end 2014 or early 2015), it is better to being late than never. The automatic gearbox could also be added to other products in Mahindra’s portfolio.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. XUV 500 automatic launch in 2015 mid only. But it launch in Algeria, and customers get the product now. Still Indians wait was going . I think it was not good for mahindra.

  2. There could be many reasons for the delay.

    The XUV 500 model launched in Algeria gets the automatic transmission system found on the Scorpio; the company may be developing a better system and thus it does not make much sense launching it in India now.

    Mahindra may also have learnt through their surveys that not many XUV 500 customers demand an automatic transmission.

  3. I said they may have conducted research/surveys. We’ve been waiting for Mahindra to launch the XUv500 Automatic variant for a long time too.

  4. What is with Indian automakers? Why can’t they see the simple fact that automatic gearbox is most essential part of a car in India? Can you imagine hundred gear changes and hundred hard clutch depressions ( especially diesels ) a day in our mayhem traffic? I have been waiting myself since eons for an auto box. And I thought M&M was a progreesive company.

  5. i was waiting for Xuv automatic but not anymore. I got a chance to drive rental xuv in Bangalore, I must agree it’s the worst driving experience for me and my family till date. It took us almost a week to get over from body ache, headache and all kind of pain after driving for 3 days in xuv in Bangalore. Even a auto rickshaw is more comfortable, I may be exaggerating but it’s true.
    Worst seats, worst suspension, worst clutch system, overall driving eXperience is nausaeting and painful. The first time buyers may like the car because they don’t understand how important comfort is necessary inside a car for long drive and in traffic. Same goes for ford Ecosport worst the xuv.

  6. Happy new year to all .

    Well it’s great news that we would be getting an automatic version of xuv 500 but Buddy what about your present loyal customers what’s their fault still driving the manual version. I feel that the company should do something and help the rest to convert their vehicles to automatic let it be the change of the gear box . I think Mahindra should take it seriously and become the no 1 company in india with its customer support system …..

  7. Mahindra is always slow in progress, I think they should have come up with an automatic transmission right from the first day of introducing XUV 500 in India. Strange, being 100 percent Indian company is introducing automatic XUV 500 in Algeria.

    I had a small car and sold it off on 1st of Jan. 2015 because I always dreamt about having Mahindra XUV 500 automatic, but after reading that it will take another six more months to launch in India, I am disappointed. Now I may plan for Toyota Fortuner or any other car.

    Thanks to Mahindra

  8. I AM PLANNING TO BUY AN SUV AND SINCE XUV500 DOESN’T COME WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION I WILL BE OPTING FOR A FORD ECOSPORT. I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED XUV500 BECAUSE OF THE INDIAN BADGE, OBVIOUSLY MAHINDRA DOESN’T SHARE SUCH SENTIMENTS..

  9. I am looking forward to AWD, Automatic Transmission in XUV500 in coming days. If it has Sunroof and other advanced accessories all the more better.

  10. waiting eagerly for the xuv 500 automatic modified one. If this is anything better than the innova especially for the long ride with better fuel efficiency will be great.

  11. I am waiting for an Automatic Transmission in XUV500 Whn it will launch in india
    pls give me date

  12. I had Mahindra XUV 500 for 2 years. I can’t say that I’m fully satisfied with driving comfort but overall it was a good package for the price I paid. Good features overall but the GPS assisted driving lacked accuracy on highways. Great space for all passengers. I’m also waiting for the Automatic version. Any other SUV with three row seating costs atleast 10 lacs more.

  13. I am eagerly waiting for XUV 500 Automatic Transmission with full options….don’t know how long should i wait more to get this…XUV 500 will be the best SUV to get in india in this price….Mahindra rockssss!!!

  14. i am also waiting eagerly for XUV500 AWD Automatic gear transmission ,
    Probably delaying may have no choice to compromise with some other options

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