Johannesburg - Mahindra has added a six-speed automatic transmission to its XUV500 SUV line-up.
Initially available only on the top-spec W8 front-wheel drive derivative, the new transmission from leading gearbox maker Aisin uses a torque converter and planetary gears for quick response and smooth shifting, and an overdrive top gear for relaxed, economical cruising. It also has a manual override mode and a 'creep' function for stop-start traffic.
The XUV's 103kW/330Nm 2.2-litre mHawk turbodiesel is unchanged, and Mahindra quotes a nominal fuel-consumption of 7.4-litres per 100km under laboratory conditions for the new self-shifter option.
XUV500 W4 - R272 995