Never in my lifetime did I think of uttering the following statement. Here it is – first impressions matter. There’s a caveat to that bit though. If one is always delivering on their promise, this rule does not apply as strongly. Hyundai is the perfect example of this fact. Its products have been consistently so good that people don’t give much of a thought to the first impression rule. The topic of discussion today, the Mahindra Marazzo, has no such luck. Mahindra is known as an SUV maker but only four of its vehicles have high recall value – Bolero, That, Scorpio, and XUV500. Will the Marazzo enjoy join this group?
|Price||Rs 9.99 lakh – 13.90 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||Turbocharged D15 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel|
|Front Suspension||Independent, double wishbone with coil-over springs|
|Rear Suspension||Twist beam with coil over springs|
|Front Brake||Disc brakes|
|Rear Brake||Disc brakes|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 litres|
What’s new about the Mahindra Marazzo?
The Mahindra Marazzo is an all-new vehicle from the Indian automaker. It has been designed by Mahindra Design Studio (Mumbai) and the legendary automotive design firm and coach builder Pininfarina collaboratively. Based on Mahindra’s Body-on-Frame-Front-Wheel-Drive (mouthful, isn’t it?), this vehicle can seat up to 8 people abreast. Its development has been done by Mahindra Automotive North America and Mahindra Research Valley (again, collaboratively).
The gist of the previous para is this – the Marazzo is an all-new vehicle, developed with international know-how, and aims to break the duopoly of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta. To that end, its looks are to be touched upon, albeit briefly. Mahindra took some cues from the KUV100 here, as evidenced by multiple creases on the sides of the car. However, they look okay and not as off-putting as the KUV100. The grille is a reminder of the one being used on the Scorpio.
While the Mahindra Marazzo looks decent overall, the worst end of the car is its rear. Overall, the Marazzo’s exterior looks chunky and not as sleek as its rivals due to its cab-forward layout. Inside, while the car feels refreshingly new, there is the hint of XUV500 when one looks at the HVAC switchgear. Overall, the design and looks of the car are decent, even with the sore points. One can only hope Mahindra cars start looking better with Marazzo acting as the palette cleanser.
The Mahindra Marazzo is quite loaded. 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and (soon) Apple CarPlay, turn-by-turn navigation in instrument cluster, roof-mounted second and third row A/c, seating for 7-8 people, and one-touch tumble second-row seats are some of the many tech and convenience features offered. In terms of safety, the car gets dual front airbags (with passenger airbag off switch), ABS+EBD, disc brakes on all four wheels, ISOFIX child seat mounts, and overspeed warning features as standard fare.
The Mahindra Marazzo is offered with only a diesel engine for now. This engine is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged D15 unit that makes 121HP power and 300Nm torque. It comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to front wheels. Suspension duties up front are handled by a double wishbone setup and a twist beam setup handles duties at the rear. The car rides on either 16-inch wheels (M2, M4, and M6 trims) or 17-inch rollers (M8 variant). It measures 4,585mm in length, 1,866mm in width, 1,774mm in height, and has a 2,760mm-long wheelbase.
Is the Mahindra Marazzo worth consideration?
Here’s the deal about the Mahindra Marazzo. Price-wise, it sits between the Ertiga and the Innova Crysta. There is no petrol engine or automatic gearbox on offer for now. Considering the fact that diesel cars are facing the heat from multiple fronts, not having a petrol engine on offer might hurt the Marazzo in near future. Despite all its shortcoming, there are a few reasons why one should consider the Marazzo.
The Marazzo is perhaps the best-looking new Mahindra car since the XUV500 (that’s saying a lot). It is quite loaded with features. Its price puts it closer to sedans like the Honda City, making it seem like a better value-for-money than a similarly-priced sedan. Moreover, with Mahindra’s SYOUV, the Marazzo can be personalised to suit its buyer’s taste, something unheard of in the MPV space before its arrival. These reasons at least earn it a consideration, don’t they?
Mahindra Marazzo – Synopsis
- Prices start from Rs 9.99 lakh onward (ex-showroom)
- Development carried out by Mahindra Automotive North America and Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai
- Design an exercise in collaboration between Mahindra Design Studio in Mumbai and Mahindra-owned Pininfarina
- Only offered with a four-cylinder diesel engine for now that displaces 1.5 litres
- Power – 121HP; Torque – 300Nm
- Engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox powering front wheels
- Has a double wishbone front suspension and a twist beam rear setup
- Has disc brakes at all four ends
- 16-inch wheels offered on M2, M4, and M6 variants; 17-inch wheels offered on M8 trim
- Gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and soon Apple CarPlay too
- Standard safety features include dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, speed alarm, and ABS + EBD
- Gets roof-mounted A/C for second and third-row occupants
- Can seat up to 8 people
- 7-seater option gets one-touch tumble feature with its second-row captain seats
- Personalization offered by Mahindra SYOUV