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The XUV500 has, over the years, successfully represented the new-age Mahindra. It dons a sharper styling, has a more upmarket demeanour, and fittingly caters to a wider customer base. Which is why it makes all the more sense for the XUV to be offered with what was once considered to be an alternate fuel for SUVs: petrol. So here it is, Mahindra’s latest the XUV500 (P).

Priced at Rs 15.49 lakh, ex-showroom, the petrol-engined XUV500 G AT, as the name suggests, comes with an AISIN 6-speed automatic gearbox. There’s just one variant/trim on offer, but it does get essentials like dual airbags, ESP, ABS, cruise control, automatic wiper and headlamps, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, etc. Along with all of that, features like a 7-inch touchscreen system (with Android Auto), keyless entry and go, TPM, climate control, cornering lamps, etc. are available, too.

The engine here is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit that makes 138 bhp and 32.65 kgm. The said automatic gearbox, which has been in use in the XUV and the Tivoli abroad, gets a manual mode and ‘creep’ function.

Mahindra’s Chief of Sales and Marketing (Automotive), Veejay Ram Nakra said, “Since its launch, the XUV500 has been a trendsetter in the premium SUV segment with a great value proposition plus head-turning style and a plethora of hi-tech features. The introduction of the XUV500 G AT petrol variant will excite consumers who have been eagerly awaiting a petrol option. The G AT variant delivers impressive performance that has come to be synonymous with the XUV500.”