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Mahindra has launched the automatic version of the XUV 5OO, its flagship SUV, powered by the 1.99-litre diesel engine at a price starting at Rs 14.51 lakh. That much money nets you a W6-spec XUV. You can have a W8 for Rs 15.94 lakh, and the full-fat W10 for Rs 17.31 lakh. All of these are front-drive models; there is no AWD variant available at this point in time.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine is a four-pot engine that develops 140 bhp and 32.6 kgm, figures that are identical to the 2.2-litre engine that the XUV has powering it so far. The gearbox is shared with the regular XUV automatic, the Aisin-made six-speed torque convertor. The 2.0-litre XUV 5OO automatic is currently available only in the Delhi-NCR region, but if the diesel ban extends to other cities, we have no doubt that Mahindra will make it available in those markets as well.