Marazzo is prob­a­bly the best Mahin­dra ever made

Auto Today - - Editorial - Yo­gen­dra Pratap Ed­i­tor yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­day.com @Yo­genPratap

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s this the year when Mahin­dra comes of age? Al­though I may not agree with the ar­chi­tec­ture that Mahin­dra has used for its lat­est prod­uct, the 7-seater MUV named the Marazzo, it has done a great job. This is prob­a­bly the best Mahin­dra ever made. Or rather its best first at­tempt at a ve­hi­cle by far, be­cause the likes of the Scor­pio have been honed over decades and ve­hi­cle gen­er­a­tions.

The Marazzo will prob­a­bly serve as a bridge be­tween the small

7-seaters like the Er­tiga and the larger ones like the In­nova and go against the pseudo SUVs like the

BR-V. What is re­mark­able is that it is a step for­ward in most as­pects that can be gauged dur­ing a short drive. De­spite all the hype about its shark-in­spired de­sign, the Marazzo is the least po­lar­is­ing ve­hi­cle of the lot, at least since the start of the XUV500 era, in­clud­ing the non O-O ve­hi­cles. The in­te­ri­ors see a re­mark­able shift in er­gonomics, fit-andfin­ish and over­all con­cept and lay­out.

Mahin­dra has made some nice en­gines and that’s where I would say it has been lead­ing. In fact, when the Xylo was first launched and we drove it along­side the In­nova from Silchar to Por­ban­der, each one of us re­marked that the en­gine was more than a match for the Toy­ota’s, at that time with­out an in­ter-cooler. This en­gine falls in that pedi­gree but what is re­mark­able is the NVH lev­els. The Marazzo sig­nals the progress that Mahin­dra has made but the proof of the pud­ding is in its eat­ing and the proof is in its driv­ing and I for one look for­ward to driv­ing it over a longer pe­riod. I hope the MUV stays true to its first im­pres­sions.

Apart from all the other reg­u­lars, we have the new Ciaz chal­leng­ing the supremacy of the City and fea­ture laden, dy­nam­i­cally im­proved Verna. Even though it pro­vides ter­rific value and thanks to its hy­bri­das­sist sys­tem is also highly ef­fi­cient, I would have loved to see it also of­fer­ing six airbags and a level of equip­ment on par with the oth­ers.

En­joy an­other is­sue of Auto To­day and drive and ride safe till next month. Mean­while, you can catch up on all the ac­tion with our tele­vi­sion show, ev­ery week­end on In­dia To­day TV.

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