Indian customers will have to wait a little longer for Automatic XUV 500 as the company has no plans to launch the car before year 2014. The home-grown car maker Mahindra has not yet finalised the source of automatic transmission which will result in delay of the car by 2 more years. The company is in discussion with South Korean auto group Hyundai to supply automatic transmission for its hot selling SUV XUV 500 which is currently adorned with a 6 speed manual transmission.
As for now, Mahindra has only one automatic variant christened as Scorpio Automatic in its line-up which gets it automatic transmission from Australian transmission maker, Drivetrain Systems International (DSI), but now, DSI transmission can’t be used anymore as the ownership of this group has been transferred to Chinese automaker Geely, which is the proud owner of Volvo. Though Mahindra does have adequate transmissions to meet the requirement of existing Scorpio Automatic, Yet XUV 500 needs to arrange it from somewhere else.
There is a possibility that Hyundai 6 speed automatic transmission will be sourced for XUV 500. Hyundai currently uses this transmission for its popular car models including Verna Fluidic, Sonata Fluidic and Elantra Fluidic sedans. Even if Mahindra XUV 500 gets success in managing Hyundai automatic transmission, still it will take at least 2 years time to bring up the finished model to showrooms.
Mahindra XUV 500 is currently available in front wheel drive and all wheels drive variants delivering an unswerving 3,000+ units every month. The triumph ratio of XUV 500 has been such that the sales of this crossover Cheetah like SUV surpasses the sales of D -segment sedans, put together.
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