Mahindra and Mahindra, the popular Indian UV maker, has finally revealed the market name of the highly anticipated U321 MPV. As speculated, the upcoming premium MPV will be called ‘Mahindra Marazzo’. Here are as many as 10 things you should know about the most premium multi-purpose vehicle from the Indian UV-giant.
Marazzo means ‘Shark’
Mahindra and Mahindra says that the name ‘Marazzo’ comes from Basque, which is a sub-language of Spanish. In Basque, the word ‘Marazzo’ means shark. The company says the upcoming MPV has been given this name as it’s linked to the vehicle’s shark-inspired design.
Designed with inputs from Pininfarina
Like we just said, the Marazzo’s design is inspired from one of the most ferocious aquatic creatures. As per the manufacturer, the Mahindra Design Studio and Italian design house Pininfarina have worked jointly on the design development processes of this MPV. The company goes on to insist that the Marazzo will have a streamlined and aerodynamic shape. Also, its front grille inserts will resemble shark-like teeth. On the other hand, the silhouette will add to the vehicle’s aggressive stance. The tail lamps will be inspired by the tail of a shark.
Festive season launch
The Mahindra Marazzo MPV will be the first of the three upcoming all-new products from the manufacturer. It will be launched during this year’s festive season. The increased car sales during the auspicious time are likely to benefit the U321, nay, the Marazzo, with a headstart of sorts.
Standard safety features
The Mahindra Marazzo will be a much safer product than the Mahindra Xylo. All the trim levels will offer ABS and dual front airbags as standard features. Moreover, the MPV will offer ISOFIX child seat mounts, seat-belt reminder, and speed sensing door locking mechanism. Also, the Marazzo will be the first-ever Mahindra MPV to have a monocoque construction. Hence, it will offer considerably high crash safety owing to more effective crumple zones than what the likes of Xylo offers.
Will try to fill the void left by last gen Toyota Innova
With the Toyota Innova Crysta being considerably pricier than the last-gen Innova, there lies a huge gap between the current Ertiga and the new-gen Innova. This is exactly where the Marazzo will try to establish itself, which means the new MPV will have a starting price of roughly Rs 11-12 lakh. Also, it has just been confirmed that the Marazzo won’t replace the Xylo, which makes sense as the latter is a much cheaper offering. Currently, the only MPV that retails for roughly Rs 11 lakh is the Renault Lodgy, which is a dud seller. Hence, the only real competition the Marazzo will face will come in the form of the next-gen Maruti Ertiga MPV.
All new diesel and petrol engines
The Mahindra Marazzo MPV will be available in both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine for the Marazzo will be co-developed with Ssangyong and will displace 1.6-litre. This turbocharged unit will output a maximum power of 125 bhp along with a peak torque of 305 Nm. The upcoming MPV will also get a turbocharged petrol engine that will displace 1.5-litre. It’s said that this motor can be tuned to output as much as 163 bhp.
Will be feature-laden
Mahindra and Mahindra has revealed that the Marazzo MPV will offer surround-cooling through its roof-mounted aircon vents. It will also offer leather upholstery, LED DRLs, projector headlamps, rear wash wipe, and auto climate control. Various spy images have also revealed that the upcoming MPV will offer a touchscreen unit. There are good chances of this infotainment unit offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The long list of features is likely to help the Marazzo attract the private car buyers looking for a comfortable, feature-laden, and sufficiently premium MPV.
Will be pricier than Mahindra Scorpio
In all probability, the Marazzo will cost a lot more than the Mahindra Scorpio. This will be due to the more modern platform, a longer list of features, and, of course, the new-age petrol and diesel engines. It’s noteworthy that the Scorpio is approaching the end of its lifecycle. On the other hand, the Marazzo will be a thoroughly modern vehicle. Hence, it won’t be surprising to see the new MPV positioned higher than the ageing SUV.
This is the first vehicle to have been developed by MNATC
As per Mahindra and Mahindra, the upcoming Marazzo MPV has been developed through a collaboration between Mahindra North America Technical Centre (MNATC) and Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) in Chennai. It’s said that the development of this MPV started at MNATC a few years ago. MNATC aims to enable the company to produce globally competitive products.
It’s a global MPV that Mahindra will sell around the world
As we just said, MNATC aims to help Mahindra and Mahindra produce world-class vehicles. No wonder, then, that the Marazzo MPV will be sold in many global markets. Currently, Mahindra and Mahindra exports the XUV500 and the Scorpio to a handful of countries across the globe. The Marazzo will become the next Mahindra to be sold abroad.
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