Mahindra Marazzo AMT will help in expanding the range and is expected to debut along with a petrol engine in 2020
Having introduced the Marazzo earlier this month, Mahindra & Mahindra has lineup two more launches in the coming months, as the XUV700 and S201 are part of new strategy to have an expanded SUV portfolio. The Marazzo has received good response among customers and is sold in four variants with introductory prices ranging between Rs. 9.99 lakh and Rs. 13.90 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India).
The Marazzo is built on a hybrid chassis and its flexibility could spawn more premium products in the near future. At the launch of the Marazzo, Mahindra confirmed that a petrol engine and automatic transmission would arrive in the vicinity of April 2020 deadline for BSVI emission compliance. Despite being priced in a highly competitive price bracket to rival Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Tata Hexa and Toyota Innova Crysta.
Even adorning the slew of customisation options, the Marazzo would still cost substantially lesser than the high-end Innova Crysta. The premium MPV can be had in either seven- or eight-seat configuration and it will be interesting to see how the competition stacks up when the new generation Ertiga with a myriad of cosmetic and interior changes goes on sale in the next couple of months.
There have been plenty of speculations related to the Mahindra Marazzo’s automatic unit and it will get 6-Speed AMT gearbox in near future claims Autocar India. However, It could use the same cost-effective five-speed AMT currently coupled with the 1.5-litre mHawk 100 bhp producing turbocharged diesel in the TUV300. The chances of AISIN-sourced six-speed AT found in the XUV500 may not be under consideration if Mahindra wants to position the Marazzo automatic variant effectively.
The Marazzo is powered by an all-new lightweight 1.5-litre D15 four-cylinder turbocharged engine mounted transversely. It produces 123 PS at 3,500 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque delivered at 1,750-2,500 rpm, and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The same engine could also be found under the bonnet of soon-arriving S201 subcompact SUV – making it the most powerful in its segment.
Mahindra could opt for a six-speed AMT gearbox in both the upcoming petrol and existing diesel variants of the Marazzo, and may utilise the same setup in the S201 as well to compete against Tata Nexon. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but adding up more variants to the lineup will certainly aid in reaping wider range of customers.