Mahindra has launched the much-anticipated SUV - Marazzo with prices starting from Rs 9.99 lakh leading all the way to Rs 13.90 lakh for the top of the line variant. As reported before, the MUV comes in 7 and 8-seat configurations and will be available in the following four trims:
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).
The SUV comes with a new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine producing 121hp and 300Nm of peak torque. The power is sent to the front wheels using a 6-speed manual transmission. A new petrol engine and an automatic transmission are on the cards for next year as per Mahindra. The Marazzo uses a rather old-school Ladder Frame (body on frame) chassis unlike the monocoque chassis seen in competition. Mahindra believes that the ladder frame chassis is best suited for Indian tarmac conditions and longevity. The Marazzo’ s engine is mounted transversely with a front-wheel-drive layout which is a novel idea that has never been done before.
All the variants benefit from the new surround cool technology which provides diffused and direct airflow. All variants come Standard with ABS with EBD and brake assist, two airbags and Isofix child seat mounts. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps with follow-me-home function, front and rear fog lamps, keyless entry, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and steering mounted audio controls. The top-spec M8 trim is equipped with LED DRLs and 17-inch alloy wheels, Android Auto compatible infotainment system with voice recognition, automatic climate control, cruise control and power folding wing mirrors.
The Marazzo clearly looks like a competent MUV with all the right ticks but what really steals the show is the brilliant pricing of the MUV which pitches it a notch above the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and places it below the larger Toyota Innova and Tata Hexa by a huge margin. The Marazzo is not only a bigger and more upmarket product than the Ertiga but it also sounds more promising than the Japanese counterpart.