Mahindra has re-entered the MPV segment with the all-new Marazzo. The eight-seater Marazzo flaunts a distinctive shark-inspired design with an entirely modern cabin layout. It is the first product to be developed by Mahindra’s North American department in collaboration with Pininfarina. We have driven the car and you can read all about it over here.
What’s good about it?
The Marazzo is a stylish looking MPV with a well-proportioned body. The fascia is aggressive but not in-your-face, there are subtle creases all around and the rear is simple but not boring. Although dimensionally it is smaller than the mighty Innova Crysta, the Marazzo has a longer wheelbase and is slightly wider as well. This means ample room on the inside.
The cabin comes with a roof-mounted air con unit, which claims to be the ‘fastest cooling cabin in its class’. Mahindra also says that the aerodynamic design and low NVH levels of the Marazzo also make it the quietest cabin in the class. Other features include sunshade for the second row, all four disc brakes, small turning radius, six body colour options, 60:40 split seats, leatherette upholstery and eight-way adjustable driver seats.
What’s not so good?
Currently, the Marazzo only has one engine on offer with no petrol or automatic even as an option. This will be the case until 2020 since Mahindra will introduce a petrol engine only after the BS-VI norms comes in to effect.
Below 1500 rpm, the newly-developed 1.5-litre engine lacks grunt of any kind. In fact, the engine needs to be revved up quite a bit when ascending an incline. Being a front wheel drive, this results in more wheel spin than actual movement.
Meanwhile, at Rs 13.9 lakhs for the top-of-the-line variant, it is slightly expensive in our opinion.
Best variant to buy?
The top-spec M8 trim comes with all the bells and whistles the Marazzo has to offer. And it is way more affordable than the Innova Crysta.
1497cc four-cylinder turbodiesel.
121bhp at 3,500rpm and 300Nm at 1,750rpm.
Six-speed manual transmission.
Did you know?
The Marazzo is the world’s first vehicle to use a combination of transversely mounted engine and body on frame chassis with a front wheel drive system. It is the second Mahindra vehicle to take inspiration from the animal kingdom after the XUV500 was cued from the Cheetah.