Mahindra, a strong player in the utility vehicle segment, has officially christened its MPV, codename U321, as the Marazzo. Derived from Basque, a sublanguage of Spanish, the word ‘Marazzo’ translates to a shark. Apart from disclosing the name, the company has also hinted at some of the features that can be expected from the upcoming model which is due for launch in India in September. Read below to find out the top five highlights of the Mahindra Marazzo –
The Mahindra Marazzo is based on an all-new monocoque platform with the largest footprint for a Mahindra till date. It has been engineered by Mahindra North American Technical Centre (MNATC) and Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) in Chennai with inputs from Mahindra’s latest acquisition, Pininfarina. The company claims that the Marazzo comes with a patented architecture to offer a unique balance of smooth ride, agile handling, space and a quiet cabin.
Shark-inspired design element
The Marazzo has a distinctive shark-inspired design philosophy that is evident from its aerodynamic and streamlined design. The MPV gets an intimidating front look with shark-teeth like chrome grille inserts. The rear section, on the other hand, is highlighted by the shark-tail like tail lamps. The vehicle also features a shark-fin antenna to complete its overall aesthetics.
The SUV-maker has also disclosed a few interior details. The instrument cluster is all new and will get purple illumination. The upholstery will be offered in perforated leatherette and will get automatic climate control with rear AC. The rear AC system is unique with its longitudinal layout and is called the ‘Surround cool’ air conditioning system. At the time of launch, the vehicle will be available in seven and eight seat layout options.
Although Mahindra has revealed that the Marazzo will be offered with a new engine option, details for the same are yet to be revealed. We believe that it might be a 1.6-litre diesel engine from the Falcon series that the company has been working on for quite some time now. The engine is expected to come mated to a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Of course, there will be petrol engines, but it will be added in due course of time.
Price and competition
The Mahindra Marazzo is expected to be priced between Rs 10-15 lakhs. It will compete against the likes of the Tata Hexa, Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda BR-V.