Mahindra Automotive Australia has taken the wraps off the seven-seat Mahindra XUV500 W8 automatic, adding to the current manual-only offering, starting from $31,900 drive-away.
Mahindra chose Australia as the first market outside of India to launch the automatic XUV500.
The XUV500 automatic comes at a time where the Indian manufacturer is finding that nine people out of ten will walk out of a dealership when they discover the XUV500 isn't available with an automatic gearbox.
Now in Australia as a facelifted model, the XUV500 automatic launch was delayed globally due to a manufacturing issue with the original supplier. Melbourne-based gearbox manufacturer DSI initially began working on the gearbox for the XUV500 but was purchased by Chinese manufacturer Geely.
As a result, Mahindra had to go back to the drawing board, instead leaning on the expertise of Aisin to produce a six-speed automatic gearbox for the company.
Fast forward to today, the company has introduced the XUV500 automatic to the Australian market with a starting price of $31,900 drive away for the front-wheel drive XUV500. The all-wheel drive XUV500 automatic is an additional $3000, at $34,900 drive away.
The XUV500 automatic is powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 103kW of power and 330Nm of torque, which sits behind a number of its competitors in this segment.
A six-speed manual variant is still available with a starting price of $29,900 drive away for the front-wheel drive and $32,900 for the all-wheel drive six-speed manual.
In terms of towing capacity, the XUV500 also equally leads its segment with the Santa Fe, with a braked towing capacity of 2500kg. Fuel efficiency sits at a combined 7.4L/100km for the automatic, while the manual consumes a combined 6.7L/100km, giving the automatic a range of 946km and the manual a range of 1044km.
Surprisingly, the XUV500 leads the class in terms of cargo capacity, measuring in at 702 litres with the third row folded flat.
Inside the cabin, the infotainment setup has changed with the addition of a seven-inch colour touchscreen that features satellite-navigation, USB audio/video streaming, Bluetooth telephone and audio connectivity and auxiliary inputs. Other features include automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, micro hybrid technology (or better known as stop/start), reversing camera with rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and cruise control.
The interior features leather seats, a new LED lighting package, illuminated scuff plates, and power-folding wing mirrors. Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, a hill holder and side intrusion beams.
Mahindra Automotive is present in 25 countries with over 800 dealers globally. Over 200,000 Mahindra passenger vehicles have been sold globally in over 80 countries with Australia and New Zealand considered strategic markets.
CarAdvice will get behind the wheel of the XUV500 automatic in the coming months, so keep your eye on the site for our driver impressions in Australia. In the meantime, you can read our written review of the XUV500 automatic from India earlier this year.