Mahindra and Mahindra made its debut in 2019 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Motor Show) with two of its models, Mahindra Roxor and the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo MPV. Now, reports are coming in that the Indian made MPV might be stealing the show at Detroit.
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Many International websites have come up with a positive report about Marazzo. Motor1.com has said that Marazzo is a funky little thing and it reminds them of first-generation Honda Odyssey. It also says Marazzo is “a front-wheel drive, body-on-frame, minivan-like vehicle that’s arguably the best thing taking up space in Cobo Center.” They are also amazed by the pricing of the Marazzo ($14000 or Rs 9,90,000).
Similar reports come from TopSpeed website also. They are really impressed with Marazzo’s body-on -frame construction and unique front wheel drive set up. They have also mentioned that “The Marazzo is also quite a safe car. It scored four stars in the global NCAP ratings.”
As if now Mahindra has no plans to sell the Marazzo MPV in the United States market. After looking at the respnses from the crowd at the Detroit Auto Show there is a possibility that Mahindra might want to consider launching the Marazzo in the United States. Mahindra won’t have to change anything in the current model if they wish to launch it in U.S as it was already developed by an American team with inputs from Pininfarina.
The Mahindra Marazzo in India is currently powered by a 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine jointly developed by Mahindra and Ssangyong that produces 121 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The base model (M2) in India is priced at Rs 9.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi and the Top end M8 variant costs about Rs 13.9 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
It is currently offered only in with a 6-speed manual transmission. Mahindra will launch an automatic version of the Marazzo in 2020 when the BS6 emission norms will be launched. A brand new petrol engine is also likely to come by 2020. The turbocharged petrol engine that will be introduced on the Marazzo is likely to power a range of other Mahindra SUVs in the face of tightening emission norms.
Other than Marazzo, the Roxor side-by-side was the other vehicle that was showcased in the Mahindra’s booth. It is the most exciting product from Mahindra for American market. Roxor is based on Thar Di variant and is meant for American recreation and farm vehicle market. It’s being positioned as a retro alternative to ATVs. Mahindra has displayed different kinds of Roxor, the ones equipped with wide array of accessories are the main attraction of the booth.