Mahindra had confirmed at the Marazzo’s launch that it would offer a petrol engine option at a later stage. Speaking to analysts yesterday, Dr. Pawan Goenka, the company’s MD, suggested that the launch is still at some distance.
The Mahindra Marazzo petrol will come “probably around BSVI (rollout), maybe a little bit later,” Dr. Goenka said yesterday. Mahindra has advanced the BSVI rollout in response to the Supreme Court’s final verdict last month that bars automaker from selling or registering BSIV vehicles with effect from 1 April, 2020.
“(The) Hon'ble supreme court has decided that the last date for selling (BSIV vehicles) is 31st March (2018), which means that we have to stop making BSIV (vehicles) I would say roughly 3 months before that. That means maybe somewhere in early January (or) middle January will be the last date for making BSIV, which also means we have to start making BSVI about three months earlier.”
Four new petrol engines under development right now at Mahindra and one of them is a 1.5-litre TGDI four-cylinder unit that produces a maximum power of 120 kW (163.16 PS). This engine would finally bring the performance level close to that of the Toyota Innova Crysta, of which the petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 122 kW (166 PS).
Mahindra plans to introduce an automatic transmission also for the Marazzo. Currently, there’s a single mechanical configuration available: D15 1.5-litre diesel engine (120 hp/300 Nm) paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Prices range from INR 9.99-13.90 lakh (ex-showroom India).