Mahindra XUV500
The second generation six-speed automatic transmission has been sourced from AISIN, Japan. Pictured: Mahindra

Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty LTD (MAAPL), the Australian subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, launched the XUV500 with automatic transmission in the country on Friday, May 6. The automatic transmission option will be available in two variants — W8 2WD and W8 AWD. The second-generation six-speed automatic transmission has been sourced from AISIN, Japan. This is the same unit fitted in the India-spec XUV500 automatic launched in November 2015.

"At Mahindra, it is our constant endeavour to offer advanced and accessible technologies to our customers. The XUV500 already has many technology firsts to its credit, and now we have further pushed the boundaries with the introduction of the AISIN Automatic Transmission in the XUV500. I am sure that the XUV500 Automatic will be an instant hit with our customers in Australia," said Pravin Shah, president and chief executive of the automotive division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, in a statement.

Apart from the change in the gearbox, the XUV500 is the same as the current model and comes powered with the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine that produces 150bhp at 3,750rpm and 330Nm of torque in the range of 1,600-2,800rpm. The SUV is also offered with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, and premium new interiors, including leather seats.

The XUV500 automatic variants are priced at $31,900 for the W8 2WD and $34,900 for the W8 AWD in Australia.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]

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