Mahindra to begin exporting the XUV500 Crossover to Latin America by September 2013
Mahindra &Mahindra has already begun exporting the flagship XUV500 crossover to Europe and South Africa. Latin American countries will be the latest export destinations for the Mahindra XUV500 in the coming months. In September 2013, Mahindra is expected to begin exporting the XUV500 to Latin American countries. The car maker had showcased the XUV500, along with the likes of the Quanto and Xylo, at last year’s Sau Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. The recent expansion in production of the XUV500, from 4,000 units to 4,500 units per month, is expected to aid exports.
In India, Mahindra sells the XUV500 crossover with a single engine option, in the form of the 2.2 Liter mHawk turbo diesel engine that outputs 140 Bhp-330 Nm. However, many Latin American countries like Brazil are petrol-only countries. So, Mahindra will have to outfit the XUV500 with a petrol engine to sell it in these countries. While the diesel powered crossover is available with a 6 speed manual gearbox, it remains to be seen whether the same gearbox would be carried on to the petrol version. No plans exist for an automatic variant of the XUV500 in the next 12 months.
The XUV500 that is sold in India and exported to Europe is loaded to the gills with creature comforts like automatic climate control, ambient lighting and a feature rich infotainment system. The car also gets a host of safety features like airbags, ABS and ESP, making it one of the best equipped SUVs south of INR 20 lakhs. The XUV500 is available in front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions. Development of a petrol powered XUV500 has been going on for the past couple of years with export markets in mind.
Mahindra is expected to use the 2.2 Liter turbo petrol engine that it had developed for use on the Scorpio Petrol model. The 2.2 Liter turbo petrol engine is derived from the 2.2 Liter mHawk turbo diesel engine. Given its oil burner origins, the 2.2 Liter turbo petrol unit is a slow revving unit. Peak power of 156 Bhp is produced at 4,000 rpm while peak torque is rated at 280 Nm. Apart from the XUV500, Mahindra could also begin exporting the Quanto and the Xylo to Latin American countries in the future given that both these models were showcased at Sau Paulo as Mahindra’s possible new models for South America.