The first model to be developed by Mahindra in partnership with famed styling house Pininfarina, the Marazzo is claimed to take inspiration from a shark with its name being derived from the Basque, Spanish sub-language word, “marrazo”, meaning shark.
Available with a choice of seven or eight seats, the latter a Rs 5 000 (R1 063) option, and claimed to be the world’s first MPV to combine a ladder-frame chassis with a transversely-mounted engine and front-wheels drive, the Marazzo also features what Mahindra refers to as “surround cool technology”, which takes inspiration from the cooling system of an aeroplane by providing a direct airflow throughout the cabin.
Said to be one of the quietest in its class, the Marazzo measures 4 585mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 760mm, height of 1 774mm and width of 1 866mm, and will initially go on sale with a choice of four trim levels; M2, M4, M6 and M8 with power coming from a brand-new, in-house developed 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 90kW/300Nm.
For now, it will only be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox and claimed to consume diesel at a rate of 5.7-litres/100km. An automatic ‘box as well as a petrol engine will be added at a later stage.
Set to rival the likes of the segment leading Toyota Innova Crysta and Suzuki Ertiga, pricing for the Marazzo kicks-off at Rs 999 000 (R212 506) for the M2 and includes items such as 16-inch steel wheels, roof mounted air-conditioning vents, rear USB charging point, ABS with EBD, fabric seats, dual front airbags and electric windows.
Building on this, the M4 retails from Rs 1 095 000 (R232 927) and gets full plastic wheel caps, height adjustable driver’s seat, front USB socket, voice messaging system and a rear aux input, while the M6 is priced from Rs 1 240 000 (R263 771) and comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display incorporating satellite navigation, projector-type headlight with cornering function, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, front and rear fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels and a multi-function steering wheel.
At the sharp end, the M8 retails from Rs 1 390 000 (R295 679) but benefits from machined 17-inch alloys, dual front and rear USB ports, cruise control, daytime running LEDs, reverse camera, automatic climate control, Android Auto, leatherette seats, puddle lights, folding electric mirrors and a cooled as well as illuminated glove box.
For now, no plans are in place to bring the Marazzo to South Africa as a replacement for the Xylo.
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