In 2021, all the hype around Mahindra & Mahindra has been built thanks to the all-new Thar, the upcoming next-gen XUV 500 and the Scorpio. But somehow, one of the most dependable car in Mahindra’s current stable, the Marazzo remained out of the limelight. There is one thing though, the Marazzo is sort of a silent assassin and it always has been. Now though, it is reported that the Marazzo is all set to receive an AMT transmission soon.
Another noteworthy point regarding the status quo of Marazzo is that Mahindra is also working on introducing a petrol version of the Marazzo in the future. That would align the MPV with other new-gen Mahindra products which would all be offered with a petrol option.
The car was a joint engineering venture between Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), Detroit and Mahindra Research Valley (MRV), Chennai. The Design of the car was the collaborated brainchild of Pininfarina in Italy and Mahindra Design Centre in Mumbai.
Specs and features
The instrument console looks neat and gets a purple hue in the background. The steering wheel gets buttons for the phone and infotainment system. The centre of the dash gets a 7-inch infotainment screen with Haptics and Touchsense technology. The screen gets Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. Voice assist systems like voice recognition and SMS readout are also available to the user.
Mahindra had then developed a completely new 1.5L diesel unit for the Marazzo. The engine has been equipped with a variety of technological nuances which make it quite refined and smooth. Mahindra had applied for a total of 11 patents during the development of the engine. Coming to numbers, the engine develops 121 bhp of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The engine is placed at a transverse position under the bonnet and also has a front-wheel-drive drive-train, a first for any ladder frame car.
A homologation document revealed the details about the update. According to the document, the engine would be the same 1.5L diesel and will be paired to a 6-speed AMT transmission. Furthermore, the AMT would be offered on all trim levels of the Marazzo – M2, M4+ and the M6+. There were some suggestions earlier about Mahindra opting to go with a torque converter unit, but in the end, Mahindra went ahead with the AMT to maybe make the product more affordable in the overall sense.
Price-wise, the AMT Marazzo could command a premium of around INR 40,000-50,000 over the standard variant.