Mahindra Marazzo will soon get an AMT gearbox in the line-up, reports suggest. The MPV was launched in India last year and comes with a single diesel engine, paired to a manual gearbox. Mahindra was expected to launch the automatic version sometime next year, though it seems to bring the automatic gearbox sooner than expected. The company had announced to launch the automatic version with an upgraded BS-VI engine, albeit it now plans to bring in the AMT equipped sometime next month which will act as a buffer before the torque converter gearbox is introduced with the BS-VI engine.
That said, the AMT unit will eventually be replaced with an Aisin-sourced torque converter gearbox after the BS-VI engines are introduced. Mahindra is also developing a petrol version of the MPV which is likely to be rolled out before the BS-VI emission norms are implemented.
Currently, the Marazzo MPV comes equipped with a 1.5-litre, BS-IV complaint engine which makes top power of 121 bhp along with peak torque of 300 Nm. This unit comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. While the AMT version will continue to use the same engine, it will receive a new automated manual transmission (AMT) sourced from Magnetti-Marelli.
With an AMT version in the carline, Mahindra Marazzo will come on par with arch rival Maruti Ertiga, which already offers an AMT variant. This would help Marazzo garner better sales, though it is already performing well on the sales front.
The Mahindra Marazzo is available in seven and eight seat configurations. As per company’s claim, it is the world’s first transversely mounted engine in a front-wheel-drive vehicle. On the feature front, the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova rival offers a raft of tech including a 7.0-inch infotainment system with USB, Bluetooth, AUX-in, roof mounted air-con vents, industry first surround sound technology, automatic climate control, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts among several others.
Source: Autocar India