Mahindra will be calling its new U321 SUV as Marazzo. The Marazzo is Mahindra’s answer to the much entrenched and loved Toyota Innova Crysta. The SUV has been spotted many times wearing different levels of camouflage during the last few months.
Marazzo is the Spanish word for shark and as the name suggests, the design also takes inspiration from a shark. Mahindra Marazzo is designed by the Mahindra Design Studio and the company-owned Italian design house, Pininfarina. The SUV’s overall silhouette represents a more aerodynamic approach than the usual crop of Mahindra SUV’s, which are more polarized to the boxy side of things. Mahindra Marazzo is a globally developed product and is a result of an engineering collaboration between Mahindra Research Valley located in Chennai and Mahindra North America Technical Centre (MNATC).
Mahindra promises that the underpinnings of the SUV will be strong with class leading ride, space and NVH characteristics. The SUV will be offered in both 7 and 8-seat configurations. We can expect some quality equipment list with the Marazzo. There is a new surround cool system, as Mahindra calls it, which is a single unit roof mounted AC vent setup. Mahindra also says that the SUV has been benchmarked against global standards of quality, crash testing and validation norms which meets the new upcoming safety and emission norms. Marazzo employs a monocoque construction along with the largest footprint (wheelbase x front track) of any Mahindra product.
Mahindra has made no confirmation about its engine options or price as of now, although it's rumored that it will debut a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. As its aimed to take on the Innova Crysta, it will definitely be priced north of Rs 15 lakhs. Mahindra Marazzo will make its market launch in India by September 2018.