Mahindra is readying up a Toyota Innova Crysta-challenger for launch in less than a month from now. On the 3rd of September 2018, Mahindra will launch its first monocoque MPV in the form of the Marazzo. The Marazzo will have the biggest footprint of a Mahindra passenger car and is expected to rival the Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of size. However, in terms of pricing, the Mahindra Marazzo MPV is likely to significantly undercut the Innova Crysta, giving it a great value proposition. In fact, we expect the Mahindra Marazzo MPV to sit between the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of pricing. A sub-10 lakh rupee starting price point is anticipated.
The Mahindra Marazzo MPV will be a global product, and has been jointly developed by the automaker’s research and development wings in India and the United States. While most variants of the MPV will be front wheel driven, Mahindra is likely to offer an all wheel drive option for international markets. If such an option is made available in India as well, the Marazzo will be the country’s first all wheel drive MPV. The vehicle will get two seating layouts to accommodate either 7 or 8 passengers. Plush interiors with leather seating on the top-end trims will be standard, and the front four passengers will get captain seats with individual armrests.
Mahindra has already revealed the interiors of the Marazzo through a series of images, but important bits of the MPV that are yet to be completely revealed include the mechanicals and the pricing. A new 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine is expected to power the Marazzo, and expect outputs of at least 120 Bhp-300 Nm. Manual and automatic gearbox options are likely to accompany this engine. This engine will be capable of meeting the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 norms in 2020. For now though, it’s likely to be BS4 emission norms compliant. Mahindra could also offer a petrol engine on the Marazzo.