Mahindra and Mahindra has named its new MPV as Marazzo. The Mahindra Marazzo was codenamed the U321 and will be launched before Diwali this year. The name in Basque means shark. Mahindra says the vehicle was inspired by the shark and was co-designed in its facilities at North America, Pininfarina and Kandivali. The platform used for the Mahindra Marazzo is all new and is the first of the three which will be launched in 2018. The other two will host a compact SUV (S201) and the G4 Rexton.
The Mahindra Marazzo will be available with seven and eight seater configurations. It will have class leading features including a centrally mounted climate control air-conditioner vents with surround flow, soft touch materials for the dashboard, leatherette upholstery, capacious seating, touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as more. The Mahindra Marazzo will also debut the company’s new engine rumoured to be a 1.5-litre with 120PS/300Nm on offer. It will be mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic is rumoured to join the line-up later.
The styling of the Mahindra Marazzo as can be seen from the teasers released show the projector headlights with DRLs, shark fin antenna, alloy wheels and LED tail lamps. Mahindra says that this is their longest wheelbase model built yet. Businessman and extended families are being targeted with this new offering. The Mahindra Marazzo will compete against the Toyota Innova Crysta but is likely to be priced lower than the Japanese offering. It will be made at Mahindra’s Nashik plant. It is expected to have a robust build quality, signifying the DNA of Mahindra vehicles.
Mahindra will revamp its showrooms to host its premium SUVs like the XUV500 and Rexton G4 in a dedicated spot. This will be on similar lines to what Maruti has with Arena and Nexa. Except that there will be no separate showrooms.