A brand new BS VI ready diesel engine, acres of space and plenty of creature comforts including at least one that's an industry first. Clearly, Mahindra wants to go all guns blazing with its new MPV
T WOULD BE THE VEHICLE that would see the debut of Mahindra's new 1.5-litre BS VI ready diesel engine. It would have a lot of space and would be packed to the gills with upmarket creature comforts. A lot was known about Mahindra's all new MPV, code named U321. We also knew it would slot in between the established Toyota Innova Crysta and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and would also serve as a replacement for those who continue to use the old Innova as their workhorse. Yet, a lot remained a mystery. Chief among them, its name, what it would look like and how it would be to drive. Subsequently, Mahindra decided to call it Marazzo, a morphosis of the Basque word ‘marrazo', which means shark. At the launch of the Marazzo Mahindra also said that the reason for using a 1.5 instead of a 1.6-litre engine is that
Idisplacement upto 1500cc attracts a lower three per cent GST, which would help pricing.
The shape of it
The Marazzo isn't exactly the shape that an Ed Sheeran would be crooning about but its silhouette tells us a few things straight off the bat. First, this a vehicle of practicality and in that sense it remains true to Mahindra's core proposition of creating vehicles that are high on functional value even when they are created for the enthusiast. Second, there is something new happening at Mahindra. For in the Marazzo, you don't see the cardboard box styling of the TUV 300 or the Xylo before it. Nor do you see the polarising properties of the KUV 100's styling. In fact, the Marazzo looks nothing like any other Mahindra vehicle for it simply doesn't have any SUV DNA at all. This is a no nonsense, properly designed MPV with the classic MPV silhouette. In fact, the shape, even though much has been done to distinguish it from the average MPV on the road including a Porsche Boxster like crease (done backwards here) on the doors, is reminiscent of the silhouette of the old Innova. Which is both a blessing, as well as not. Blessing, because it's a shape that has worked well in the past. Not, because that shape would appeal to a slightly older audience and has no youthful appeal.
Designed cleverly by Italy's Pininfarina working in collaboration with the Mahindra Design Centre back home, it's difficult to imagine the Marazzo being bigger than the company's own Scorpio. Yet it is the MPV that is the larger of the two. From nose to its shark like tail lamp, the Marazzo measures 4585mm, identical to the XUV 500's length, and is 1866mm wide. Compare this to the Scorpio's 4456mm length and 1820mm width.