Mahindra launched their much-awaited product, the Marazzo, in India recently. The 7-seater MPV is available with an all-new diesel engine and the price starts at Rs. 9.99 lakhs. The Marazzo’s design is inspired by the shark and is the first vehicle that has been developed jointly by Mahindra’s technical centre in the USA and the Pininfarina design house. Here is an official never-seen-before in-depth video of the Marazzo that shows all its features.
The Marazzo is one of its kind and gets a transverse engine with a Forward Wheel Drive layout. Actually, it is the first ladder-on-frame vehicle in the world to get the set-up. The unique layout enables the Marazzo to offer a flat floorboard, which in turn ensures full utilisation of the space inside the vehicle. The Marazzo is available in both 7 and 8 seat versions and takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova.
The Marazzo offers a wide range of features like vertically-mounted roof AC, aircraft-inspired handbrake lever, leather seats, dual airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system and many more. Mahindra also claims that the Marazzo gets the quietest cabin in the segment with a noise level of only 45 decibels when the engine is on. Mahindra has introduced an all-new engine with the MPV that was under development for a long time.
The all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the Marazzo develops a maximum of 121 Bhp and 300 Nm. It is a four-cylinder engine and runs very quiet. The Marazzo is currently being offered with an only manual transmission. However, there are plans to launch an automatic transmission in the future. Mahindra is also working on a petrol engine and will introduce the same in the future.
The Marazzo is available in four variants and the top-end version is priced at Rs. 13.9 lakhs, ex-showroom. Even though the price is lower than the base variant of the Toyota Innova diesel, the Marazzo offers 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled infotainment system, reverse camera and much more. All the variants of the Marazzo come with dual front airbags, ABS+EBD, seatbelt warning and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Competition: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga or Toyota Innova Crysta
Interestingly, Mahindra has priced the Marazzo smack in between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga on one side and the much more expensive Toyota Innova Crysta on the other. In the past, those who have attempted to ride this very tempting pricing opportunity have failed. We have yet to see how the Marazzo will work out for Mahindra, and whether it would be able to make a significant dent in the monthly sales of the Ertiga and the Innova Crysta.