Mahindra & Mahindra launched the Maxximo Mini Van today at Rs. 3.2 lakh (Ex-showroom Navi Mumbai). The Maxximo minivan is based on the Maxximo LCV (Light commercial vehicle) and will be sold through 230 dealers and 600 outlets in the country by October.
Mahindra has a market share of 23% in the sub-one tonne LCV segment and the company has sold 40,000 Maxximo LCVs so far.
The minivan is powered by a 2 cylinder, 909 cc, CRDe diesel engine that produces 25 hp of maximum power and 5.5 kgm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to 4-speed, manual transmission. Mahindra claims a mileage of 17 km per litre and a top speed of 70 km/litre for the Maxximo.
The DOHC technology reduces the NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) levels of the engine resulting in a quieter journey, making it possible for passengers to travel without having to hear the engines constant noise.
The Maxximo minivan comes in two variants, one with 7 seats (D+6) and the other with 8 seats (D+7) where D stands for driver. The passenger seat measure 1,540 mm in length, which Mahindra claims is the longest passenger seat available in India. The 2-tone seats are well cushioned for more a comfortable ride. The front seats have headrests and there is no gap between the driver seat and the front passenger seat. Also read: Mahindra Maxximo priced Rs 2.79 lac
On the safety front, the Maxximo has a rigid body with a monocoque structure, frontal crash protector, rear tailgate with full door and fixed glass, for added safety. Besides, Mahindra offers load sensing proportionate valve brakes with booster technology that alters the brake fluid pressure based on the load in the vehicle.
This helps reduce the pedal effort required for braking. The Maxximo Mini Van has heavy-duty independent front suspension that insulates passengers from bad roads and potholes.
Mahindra has incorporated ‘drive-by-wire’ technology that consists of a pedal position sensor which that facilitates responsive acceleration and pick-up. At the same time, the fuel supply is controlled by the Engine control module (ECM) that ensures better mileage. Mahindra also offers the gear shift via cable-shift transmission for a smoother, car-like gear shifting experience and less wear and tear.
Maxximo Minivan will be available in three colours: The Appy red, Diamond White and Skyline Blue
Maxximo Minivan vs the Competition
Mahindra Maxximo Minivan will compete with the Maruti Omni, Tata Ace Magic and the upcoming Force Trump Trip. The Tata Ace Magic is powered by a 702 cc, indirect injection diesel engine that produces 16 bhp of maximum power and 3.78 kgm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to 4 speed manual transmission.
When compared to the Maxximo Minivan, the Ace Magic lacks a full rear door and glass cover. Also, the side door sports hinges unlike the sliding door in the Maxximo minivan. The Ace Magic is available in 4+1, 6+1 and 7+1 seating options.