Mahindra is currently working on a petrol engine for their MPV, the Marazzo. While the MPV is not selling in big numbers, it is quite popular in commercial taxi sector. Recently, the petrol version of the Marazzo was caught on a video by Bunny Punia who has uploaded the video on his YouTube channel. The variant that was spied on the video is the M6+ variant which is the range-topping variant. The petrol engine will also help in bringing the cost down significantly, which should help in increasing the sales numbers. From other sightings, we also know that there will also be an AMT variant known as ‘AutoShift’. The automatic gearbox will also help in increasing the sales as currently there is no automatic transmission on offer and people have now started preferring automatic transmissions over manual gearboxes because of the convenience they offer in bumper to bumper traffic.
In the video, we can see that there are no cosmetic changes done to the MPV. The variant here is a manual gearbox one because there is no badging of ‘AutoShift’. There are rumours that the Marazzo will be using a new G15 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It is the same engine that is doing duty on the SsangYong Korando SUV in the international market. The engine is capable of producing 162 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 280 Nm. We still do not know if Mahindra will be using these power outputs or will be detuning the engine in favour of fuel efficiency. The engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. There is still no information regarding the automatic transmission that Mahindra will be using.
Currently, the Marazzo is offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is BS6 compliant. It produces a max power output of 122 PS and peak torque output of 300 Nm. It is currently only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The MPV also gets an Eco mode, which drops the power output to 100 PS in favour of fuel efficiency. Mahindra Marazzo starts from Rs. 11.64 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 13.79 lakhs ex-showroom. The MPV competes against the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta.
Mahindra is also working on 8 new models for the Indian market. There will be a new generation of XUV500 and a new generation of Scorpio. The 2021 XUV500 is expected to go on sale in mid of 2021 whereas the 2021 Scorpio will enter the Indian market in the second half of 2021. There is also a Bolero Neo which is a renamed TUV300 which was spied recently during a TVC shoot more about which you can read by clicking here. Then there is the Thar which will be getting a hard-top convertible variant and a more powerful petrol engine producing around 180 PS. There is also a new more powerful 1.2-litre mStallion petrol engine that will be launched for the XUV300. The new variant will be known as Sportz. Mahindra also launched the AMT gearbox for the petrol engine of XUV300, about which you can read more by clicking here.