Marazzo is probably the best Mahindra ever made
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.
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