Mahindra heeds calls for six-speed auto
THE popular Mahindra XUV500 sports utility vehicle has been further enhanced with the addition of an automatic transmission option.
The advanced six-speed transmission will initially only be available on the front-wheel W8 derivative.
“Our New Age XUV500 has been extremely well received since we launched this sophisticated, well-equipped and highly competent SUV locally in October last year,” said Sanjoy Gupta, chief executive officer of Mahindra SA.
“However, customer feedback indicated that there is a significant demand for an automatic transmission model.”
A new, highly advanced automatic transmission, sourced from leading global transmission manufacturer Aisin, has since been approved for use in the XUV500, and has now been added as an option to the XUV500 model range in South Africa.
The new, second-generation auto transmission links a torque converter to planetary gears for smooth, precise gear shifts. It offers the best of both worlds, achieving the quick responses of a manual transmission with the refinement, convenience and ease of use that is associated with automatic transmissions.
The six-speed design has gear ratios to ensure brisk acceleration and midrange tractability, while the overdrive sixth gear allows economical openroad cruising. The intelligent transmission adapts seamlessly to different driving conditions and is equipped with a “creep” function to cope easily with stop-start driving conditions in urban traffic. A manual override mode allows drivers the option of shifting the gears themselves.
The automatic transmission is linked to the XUV500’s powerful, efficient turbo-diesel engine.
The 2,2-litre four-cylinder mHawk 140 turbo-diesel makes use of a variable geometry turbo charger to produce 103 kW at 3 750 rpm and 330 Nm between 1 600 rpm and 2 800 rpm.
It sells for R389 995, with a fiveyear/150 000 km warranty, and a fiveyear/100 000 km service plan. Services are at 20 000 km intervals or every 12 months, whichever comes first. — WR.
The long-awaited automatic shifter for the Mahindra XUV500 has finally arrived.