Mahin­dra Marazzo

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

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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.

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