At the base of the Marazzo is an all new plat­form. An old school body on lad­der con­struc­tion

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Blame it on the plat­form

At the base of the Marazzo is not some new age fancy mono­coque but an old school body on lad­der con­struc­tion. In fact, this is the world's first body on frame plat­form to fea­ture front wheel drive and is a de­vel­op­ment that is patented by Mahin­dra. The de­vel­op­ment of the plat­form it­self was done jointly by Mahin­dra's North Amer­i­can Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Detroit and the Mahin­dra Re­search Val­ley in Chen­nai, led from the front by Keith Taka­sawa, VP of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

At the tech­ni­cal pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the ac­tual drive of the ve­hi­cle, Taka­sawa en­light­ened us about its myr­iad ad­van­tages. Thanks to this, the Marazzo could be made roomier than the In­nova Crysta, its prin­ci­pal ri­val, and yet be 150mm shorter. A dis­tinct ad­van­tage in a sce­nario where ur­ban road space per ve­hi­cle is steadily shrink­ing. Be­cause the body on frame has been con­structed to meet In­dian safety norms at present, even though the com­pany said it can be beefed up to meet global crash reg­u­la­tions, it is lighter and has the best foot­print to weight ra­tio and weighs be­tween 1600-1650kg. Well un­der two tonnes. To help save weight even parts of the sus­pen­sion have been made of forged alu­minium cast­ings.

Probed fur­ther how­ever, Taka­sawa and his team did re­veal the pri­mary rea­son­ing be­hind the body on frame con­struc­tion. Rugged­ness. The team's re­search and mar­ket anal­y­sis led them to the con­clu­sion that the MPV cus­tomer, es­pe­cially in In­dia, wants his ute to be rugged and a body on frame would lead to a more rugged ve­hi­cle than one built on a mono­coque. A strange ar­gu­ment given that the com­pany's flag­ship SUV, the XUV 500, is built on a mono­coque. Which leads us to the con­clu­sion that the rea­sons for de­vel­op­ing a body on frame plat­form must also be eco­nomic even though the com­pany isn't re­ally say­ing so. As for the front wheel drive, well that helps pack­ag­ing. Mahin­dra's en­gi­neers could de­velop a ve­hi­cle with a flat floor and push the whole pow­er­train pack­age fur­ther front to re­lease more space in the cabin. Now, that is an ar­gu­ment that makes per­fect sense.

Space age

For in­side the Marazzo, there's just acres and acres of room. There's plenty of legroom at the front, in the mid­dle row and even in

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