The stricter BS6 emission norms will come into effect from April 2019. Before that, manufacturers have started launching the new BS6 compliant models in the Indian market. Mahindra, one of the biggest manufacturers in the country is also working on launching new emission compliant vehicles in the Indian market. The first BS6 compliant Mahindra vehicle is likely to be the Marazzo, which was launched with an all-new diesel engine option last year.
Mahindra Marazzo BS6 has been spotted testing on the roads this year by ThrustZone. It should be noted that the Mahindra Marazzo, which is an all-new car was launched in the Indian market last year. The Marazzo is the first-ever car that has been developed by Mahindra’s USA Technical Centre.
The Marazzo gets an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which 123 PS of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque. Currently, it is available in BS4 emission norms but it is upgradable to BS6 emission norms, which is currently being developed by Mahindra. After the engine is upgraded to BS6 compliant engine, the power and torque figures are expected to be unchanged. Even fuel efficiency will remain unaffected. It should be noted that the Marazzo is the first vehicle in the country which gets a transverse engine set-up on an FWD chassis. This makes the engine very quiet and offers a plush feeling inside the cabin.
At the time of the launch, Mahindra also announced that they will launch a petrol version of the Marazzo near to the BS6 implementation date. We may get to see the new petrol engine with Marazzo next year. Also, with the rising popularity of the automatic transmission options in the Indian market, the new Marazzo is expected to get a new automatic transmission.
When it comes to the looks, the car will remain identical to the current version. Since the Marazzo was launched in 2018, it will be too soon to launch a facelifted version in the Indian market. Also, the cabin layout and the feature list if the car will remain untouched when it is launched in the market.
Currently, Mahindra is working on three all-new models for the Indian market. Mahindra will launch the all-new Thar, all-new Scorpio and the all-new XUV500 in the market in the coming times. To power these all-new SUVs, Mahindra is working on a new 2.0-litre diesel engine option that will offer a much more power output than the current 2.2-litre mHawk engine option.
Mahindra is also working to launch a series of electric vehicles including the electrified versions of the Mahindra XUV300 and the KUV100 in the Indian market. It is expected that the brand will showcase a slew of all-new cars in the Indian market at the 2020 Auto Expo