Mahindra & Mahindra has officially named the upcoming U321 MPV as Marazzo. Derived from Basque, a sub-language of Spanish, the word 'Marazzo' means shark and is linked to the vehicle's shark-inspired design. Marazzo will be the comeback vehicle for Mahindra into the MPV segment in India. The MPV will be a seven seater and Mahindra continues its tradition of 'Os' at the end of the name with this one too.
Speaking at the name revelation, Pawan Goenka, Managing Director- M&M said, "The shark-inspired Marazzo symbolizes the next generation of aspirational Mahindra vehicles. A collaborative effort of Pininfarina, Mahindra Design Studio, MNATC and MRV, Marazzo is born of a vision to design a global vehicle with quality and refinement keeping in mind the aspirations of our customers."
The Marazzo MPV has already been spotted testing many times in the country and according to the reports Mahindra is preparing a September 2018 launch in the Indian market. According to the spied images, the upcoming Marazzo will be bigger than the Mahindra Xylo hence there will be more space at the rear. But to make things clear, we’ll have to wait till Mahindra reveals the specifications of the Marazzo.
Also speaking at the event Rajan Wadhera- President Automotive Sector, M&M said, "The intense process of development and refinement of the Marazzo is comparable to any global vehicle and incorporates a number of innovations. This has delivered better space, smoother ride with a quieter cabin, best-in-class cooling, excellent safety and a tough body construction in the Marazzo. Infact the Marazzo has the largest footprint (wheelbase x front track) of any Mahindra vehicle. I am confident that it will set a new benchmark and become a game-changer in its segment".
In terms of looks, the upcoming Mahindra Marazzo will be no different from other Mahindra vehicles by sporting the typical Mahindra styling and characteristics like the chrome-toothed grille, large sweptback headlamps with double barrel projector headlamps, sporty alloys, and larger vertically stacked taillamps. However, going with the name the manufacturer says that the design of the MPV is also inspired by the Shark and it will also be the largest footprint of any car till date.
At the inside, the 2018 Mahindra Marazzo will be offered with a well-equipped cabin and will feature a two-tone interior and a large piano black finished surface that covers a major portion of the dashboard, along with a large touchscreen infotainment display at the centre with buttons and dials on either side as well as central air-con vents, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and a twin-pot instrument cluster as the other features.
Though, Mahindra has not revealed anything about the powertrain options to be on offer with the upcoming MPV, the reports suggest that the Marazzo will feature the all-new 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines that Mahindra has been developing for quite some time now. The engines are likely to come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic torque converter will be there as an option, borrowed from the existing Mahindra XUV500. However, Mahindra will launch the MPV initially with a diesel engine option only followed by the petrol version later.
When launched, the Mahindra Marazzo MPV will take against the likes of the Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Mahindra Marazzo.