Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd have launched their small commercial passenger vehicle, the Maxximo Mini Van in Mumbai. Developed on the Maxximo platform, the new Mini Van is an entry-level passenger carrier. Powered by the C2 CRDe diesel engine, the new people mover from Mahindra is priced at Rs. 3.2 lac (Ex-Showroom BS3, Navi Mumbai).
The Maxximo Mini Van has a wide body for more space. The Maxximo Mini Van has a monocoque chassis with independent front suspension for better comfort. Mahindra has built the Maxximo with big box-sections for greater rigidity, employed booster-assisted brakes, and claims the Mini Van to be one of the safest products in its category. Power is delivered via Mahindra’s C2 CRDe diesel engine with 25 HP power and a claimed efficiency of 18kmpl.
Here are the features of the new Maxximo Mini Van, as listed down by Mahindra
Car-like Comfort & Space
The Maxximo Mini Van can seat eight adults. Ergonomically designed and well-cushioned seats reduce the fatigue of long journeys, while the well-thought out butterfly windows provide good ventilation. Maxximo’s Independent Front Suspension system absorbs the shock and bumps of the roughest terrain and the cable operated gear-shift gives a smooth car-like feel while changing gears. In addition to a spacious passenger cell, the Mini Van comes with ample luggage space as well.
The Maxximo Mini Van boasts of a stylish van design and a proper hard-top body. The attractive front grille and futuristic, clear-lens wraparound headlights give the Mini Van a distinguished on-road presence. It is available in two attractive colour options –Diamond White and Appy Red.
Segment-best Safety Features
The Mini Van provides 360-degree-safety with a monocoque body, a proper roof and a fixed-glass rear door. Unlike other offerings in the segment, the Mini Van’s monocoque body is made of bigger box sections. This provides greater roll-over strength and greater resistance to roof-crush.
Furthermore, the doors are constructed with intrusion beams to protect occupants in the event of a side-impact. Twin LSPV (Load Sensing Proportioning Valve) brakes, not seen on competing offerings, provide effective and precise control while braking and booster-assist reduces the effort required by the driver while braking.
The Mini Van comes with the proven C2 CRDe diesel technology that powers the Maxximo today. Along with superior pulling power of 25 HP and a top speed of more than 70 Kmph, the Mini Van offers best-in-class fuel economy of 18 Kmpl, meaning an ideal balance of power and economy for the customer.
According to Rajesh Jejurikar, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, “Last year, the minivan segment in India was more than 1.4 lac vehicles. Such vehicles are increasingly being preferred by both the entry-level contract carriage and the stage carriage segment. We expect the Maxximo Mini Van to be nothing less than a game-changer in this segment. It will also change the face of the entry-level contract carriage segment, as the ideal vehicle for tour & travel operators, schools and other institutions”.