- The U321 MPV has been christened as the Marazzo.
- It will be launched before the end of Q2 FY2018, which indicates a launch before Diwali.
Mahindra is prepping up for the launch of the all-new Marazzo in India. Ahead of its festive season reveal, the production-ready prototype of the MPV was spotted at a dealer’s yard. And for the first time, we caught a glimpse of the interiors of the Marazzo.
As can be seen in the images, the Marazzo will come with a dual-tone dashboard. It gets a combination of black on top of beige to make the cabin look premium. There is a touchscreen infotainment system in the centre with chrome inserts around it for buttons and circular knobs. The same chrome finish is seen on the HVAC controls and on the gear knob. The steering wheel was spotted sans any control buttons which could hint that this might be an entry or mid-level variant. The Marazzo spotted here had a three-seat bench in the middle row. There will be a seven-seater version available as well with captain seats in the middle.
Under development for a couple of years now, the Marazzo is based on an all-new platform. It is the first vehicle to be developed at Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre with inputs from Pininfarina. The new MPV will debut a new design language inspired by a shark, says Mahindra. So upfront, there will be a shark teeth grille which can also be seen in the test mule, while at the rear, the tail lights will have a shark fin-like design. Mahindra will also add a shark fin antenna on the roof.
The Marazzo will have the largest footprint of any Mahindra vehicle, claims the carmaker. The equipment list will be long enough to match the carmaker’s newfound standards. Therefore, we expect the MPV to get features like automatic climate control, sunroof, premium leatherette upholstery, longitudinally roof-mounted rear air-con vents, with a host of safety equipment. The instrument cluster will be all-new with purple illumination.
While no technical details have been revealed officially, we think the 1.5-litre Falcon diesel engine might power the Marazzo. Depending upon the positioning, it might also get the more powerful 2.2-litre or the 1.99-litre mHawk engines with six-speed manual transmission as standard.
When it arrives in the market, the Marazzo is expected to go head-on against the Tata Hexa and entry-level variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta along with impending new-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. We expect the Marazzo’s price tag to be above Rs. 10 lakhs.