Mahindra launched the Marazzo MPV in September last year and it has gained quite a traction in sales since then. Now, the Nashik manufacturing plant of Mahindra has rolled out the 25,000th unit of the Marazzo. This comes at around 6 months from the MPVs launch in India. At the time of launch, Mahindra launched the Marazzo starting at Rs. 9.99 lakh which now has been increased to Rs. 10.18 lakh. There is no direct competition for the Marazzo in the market, save for the Renault Lodgy which is a very low seller.
The other popular MPVs on sale in India are the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (cheaper than Marazzo) and the Toyota Innova Crysta (expensive). This, in fact, leaves the ground empty for all the three MPVs and all of them have pretty impressive sales, with the Innova leading the sales charts in the MPV segment. Talking about the Marazzo, it is available in four variants – the base M2, M4, M6 and the top end M8.
A DC modified version of the Marazzo is also available which comes with lounge-like interiors compromising of recliners, LCD screens, ambient lights, and chiller among others. Last year, the Marazzo scored 4 stars in the Global NCAP crash test and became the only MPV sold in India to do so. The Mahindra Marazzo MPV comes with dual front airbags, a passenger airbag off-switch, a speed-sensitive door lock/unlock feature, ABS with EBD and brake-assist and Isofix child-seat mounts as standard equipment on all its variants.
Talking about the engine and transmission, the Mahindra Marazzo is powered by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that’s been jointly developed by Mahindra and Ssangyong under a new engine family. The engine churns out a maximum of 121 Bhp of power along with a peak torque of 300 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the from wheels. According to Mahindra, the Marazzo is the world’s first front-wheel drive vehicle to have a transversely mounted engine on a ladder frame chassis. The same 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine is present under the hood of the Mahindra XUV300, albeit in a lower state of tune.
With the market trend tilting more towards the SUVs and MPVs, the sales of the Marazzo are expected to grow in the future. As for new rivals, no manufacturer has yet planned to launch an MPV in Marazzo segment. The next MPVs coming to India will be the Kia Carnival which will compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta and placed higher than that. Another is the Renault Tribe, which will take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. There were some reports suggesting that Toyota could bring the Avanza MPV to India but that is not confirmed. However, if Toyota does bring the Avanza MPV, to India, it will give a good competition to the Mahindra Marazzo.