The Mahindra Marazzo is the first Indian made vehicle to score 4 stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. However, sales of the Toyota Innova Crysta-rival have been pretty dismal
Mahindra is planning to launch an AMT option of the Marazzo MPV soon in India. Launched in September 2018, the Marazzo boasts to be globally engineered utility vehicle with it being designed by Mahindra’s teams in the USA, Italy, and India. The Marazzo is also the first made-in-India vehicle to scores a 4-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. In the first year of being on sale, the Marazzo was selling above expectations, selling over 25,000 units by April 2019. This was a pleasant surprise as it launched with only a single engine and transmission option. But since then it has lost traction, especially in the last 3 months will sales averaging around only 200 units. Its closest rivals, the Maruti Ertiga and XL6 sell over 10000 units regularly even though Maruti offers only petrol engine variants since BS-VI came into effect. To counter the declining sales, Mahindra is readying an AMT version of its MPV.
As per this report from the Delhi transport department, Mahindra is homologating an AMT version of the Marazzo. The gearbox will be available throughout the range, and in both 7 and 8 seater variants in a bid to revive sales of the MPV. The Marazzo is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine which makes 122 PS and 300 Nm of max power and torque. The new AMT will join the current 6-speed manual in the lineup. The AMT version of the Marazzo will come with two driving modes, Power and ECO, with the latter reducing power to 100 PS. The Marazzo gives ARAI certified fuel-efficiency figures of 17.3 kmpl and the AMT version is expected to deliver similar mileage figures.
Prices for the Mahindra Marazzo range between Rs 11.64 - 13.79 Lakh, ex-showroom. Expected prices of the AMT version is around Rs 20000-50000 more than the current manual variants. There are reports of a petrol-powered version also being in development, and as price disparity between petrol and diesel shrinking every day, most consumers are starting to veer towards the former option. The AMT and an upcoming petrol-powered option can help bring an upward trajectory to the sales of the Marazzo.