Mahindra is working on expanding the Marazzo’s range so that it can appeal to more people. Currently, Marazzo’s average sales are around 200 units per month. Whereas other MPV’s like Ertiga and XL6 are clocking more than 10,000 units per month. Even the more expensive Innova Crysta is getting around 3,500 units per month. One reason why Marazzo is not performing so well is that it falls into Rs. 11-14 lakh price bracket where people are usually looking for a SUV. Mahindra knows this and is currently working on an AMT version of the diesel engine. A document of homologation was leaked which confirmed this information.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine will come with a 6-speed AMT. The AMT will be offered with all the variants. So, there will be an 8-seater M2, 7-seater M4+, 8-seater M4+, 7-seater M6+ and 8-seater M6+. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 122 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The vehicle will come with two driving modes. There is the Power mode in which the engine produces all of its 122 PS and there is also an Eco mode in which the MPV produces 100 PS.
The new variant should attract buyers who are looking for a diesel MPV with the convenience of an automatic transmission because as of now Maruti Suzuki is not offering diesel engines with their vehicles. So, the Ertiga and the XL6 are only offered with a petrol engine. Being an AMT the price should not increase more than 20,000 to 30,000 than manual gearbox variants. Some people have started preferring the diesel engines because the price gap of both the fuels is very less and diesel engines are generally more frugal especially on highways. With the AMT transmission, there are no cosmetic changes done to the vehicle. The only difference you would find is an “AutoShift” badging on the rear of the MPV. Currently, the Mahindra Marazzo starts from Rs. 11.64 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 13.79 lakhs ex-showroom.
There are also rumours that Mahindra will be launching the Marazzo with a petrol engine also. The engine will be borrowed from the SsangYong Korando SUV which is sold in the international market. The G15 petrol engine produces 162 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 280 Nm. It will be sold with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT gearbox. It might also happen that Mahindra detunes the engine in favour of fuel efficiency. The petrol engine was also spied recently on a video and you can watch the video by clicking here.
More recently, Mahindra launched the XUV300 Petrol with a 6-speed AMT gearbox. Earlier only the diesel engine was offered with a 6-speed AMT. The compact-SUV now also gets BlueSense connected car technology only with the top-end variants. The connected car features include emergency assist, geofencing, car tracker and remote features. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit that produces 109 Bhp of peak power and a segment-leading 200 Nm of peak torque. The XUV300 starts from Rs. 7.95 lakhs ex-showroom whereas the Petrol AMT variant starts from Rs. 9.95 lakhs ex-showroom.