Mahindra & Mahindra has been working on producing petrol engines for its lineup of powerful SUVs and as per reports, the XUV500 may get a petrol variant soon. The petrol XUV500 will have a 2.2 litre engine that dishes out 140 BHP and 320 Nm. The engine may be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission unit initially. The G9 petrol variant may be launched soon in the Indian market as per reports.
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The engine block for the diesel 2.2 litre mHawk engine is the foundation for creating this petrol engine. The G badge will be used for the petrol variants of the XUV500 rather than the W nomenclature for the diesel models of the popular SUV. According to reports, Mahindra & Mahindra will launch only the G9 petrol variant initially for the XUV500. The manual transmission version will be launched sometime later.
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The Mahindra XUV500 G9 will get the touch screen infotainment setup but will not get premium leather seats. The alloy wheels may be given a miss as well. There will only be two airbags. The XUV500 petrol model will compete with the Jeep Compass petrol version which has a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine that dishes out 163 hp.