CHANGING GEARS

Indian carmaker Mahindra has finally added an automatic transmission to its sole model, the XUV500. The new six-speed automatic brings a $2000 price premium over the six-speed manual, translating to a starting price of $31,900 for the front-driver, or $33,900 for the four-wheel drive.

As with any brand trying to establish itself, Mahindra’s pitch is value. So the XUV500 comes with a diesel engine whereas similarly priced rivals have a petrol. And the car is packed with everything from leather and a 7.0-inch touchscreen to auto wipers and a reversing camera.