At the launch earlier this month, Mahindra confirmed that an automatic transmission for the Marazzo is planned. According to a new report from Autocar India, the company is working on an AMT for the MPV.
The Mahindra Marazzo was expected to get the Mahindra XUV500’s 6-speed automatic transmission sourced from Aisin. However, it turns out, a low-cost semi-automatic is planned instead. Magneti Marelli will supply this unit, which will feature six gears.
Mahindra has also confirmed that it will introduce a petrol engine in the Marazzo by 2020. M&M could be planning the automatic option for both engine variants.
A 1.5-litre mHawk turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine powers the Mahindra Marazzo currently. It produces 90.2 kW (121 hp) at 3,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission and a front-wheel drive drivetrain layout are standard. ARAI has given a fuel economy rating of 17.3 km/l to this configuration.
The Mahindra Marazzo AMT would cost anywhere between INR 50,000-1,00,000 more than equivalent MT. In the Mahindra TUV300, the AMT option costs over INR 81,000.
M&M has set a monthly sales target of 4,000 units for the Marazzo. The availability of an AMT that will offer more convenience while still delivering a good fuel economy, and a petrol engine that will make the vehicle accessible to a broader base of customers because of lower pricing will be helpful to increase numbers once sales settle down next year.