What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you think of the brand Mahindra?
Looks like a shark. Bites like a shark. Must be a shark.
Well, Imagine if Mahindra made a luxury multi-seater, multi-purpose car with everything mentioned above. Well, your imagination is now the reality, sunny boy. This is the review of Mahindra Marazzo, a new addition to Mahindra line of MPVs (or multi purpose vehicles) You might be wondering if the new Mahindra Marazzo is any good? I’m glad you asked, let’s find out shall we.
To start off, this is a particularly beautiful car. Mahindra teamed up with Italian design house Pininfarina to design this vehicle, if the name didn’t give it away, sunny boy. In recent years, Mahindra has made real strides towards changes in the way they design their cars and whats under the hood. This car is no different. Reportedly (an evidently enough), this car takes design inspirations from the animal kingdom via the shark. The front grille resemble the fangs and the tail lights were inspired by a sharks tail (even the antenna resembles a sharks fin).
No one preys on the shark – The car and its competition.
Second car from Mahindra to take a trip into the animal kingdom (following the XUV500). Taking about a shark, this car is the largest to be made by the car manufacturer. It is currently available in two seating arrangements, 7-seater and 8-seater. Making this a direct competitor to Toyota Innova Crysta and Renault Lodgy.
How does it stack up against its competition? It’s pretty much winning actually. This car is both more expensive, more feature loaded and more powerful than both of those cars. The pricing is extremely competitive (starting at Rs. 11 lacs) and the car is safety feature loaded as well, great design and holds more power under the hood as compared to its contemporaries, much more power. This MPV pumps out 121 bhp’s and has an engine displacement of 1492cc. It comes with a 6 gear manual transmission system and gives out a mileage of around 17 kmpl. Which is not bad considering that this isn’t a sports SUV.
Here is a list of some more specifications in Mahindra Marazzo:
|ARAI Mileage||17.3 kmpl|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||1497|
|Maximum Power||121 bhp @ 3500rpm|
|Maximum Torque||300 Nm @ 1750 rpm – 2500 rpm|
|Engine||1.5L 4 Cylinder 121bhp Diesel Engine|
|Cargo Volume||190 Litres|
In the belly of the beast – The interiors.
Since this car is aimed at customer comfort, this category deserves its own section. The interiors of the Mahindra Marazzo apply the same italian design philosophies as its exteriors (which was also designed by Mahindra’s Mumbai design studio). As mentioned earlier, it comes in 7 and 8 seater options, the dash has been given a polished/glossy black finish and to compliment that the cabin is mostly done in beige leather and other composite materials. Overall, this car is a looker. It gives The Lodgy a run for its money, with its well done interiors and LED multimedia panel in the dead centre of the dash. (The Innova Crysta is no competition here, since, its interiors are pretty shit in comparison)
Taking about the interiors, this MVP of MPVs also comes with airbag options, for the passengers as well. Which is a big plus, more safety is always a priceless commodity. The design of the interiors in not just pretty but also quite intuitive – there a buttons for everything. If you don’t like a lot of buttons in your car, you’ll probably not be impressed by whats at offer here. But. its my piece of cake.
Here is a list of some of its extra features in Mahindra Marazzo:
|Anti Lock Braking System||Yes|
|Power Windows Rear||Yes|
|Power Windows Front||Yes|
Sharks don’t sleep – Some thoughts about the car
There are some other things that this MPV has to offer such as ABS & EBD brake assists, headlamp adjuster, engine immobilizer (no longer have to worry about the car being stolen), central locking power doors, child safety locks and now supports voice command assist. The Mahindra Mazzaro will be available in 8 variants (M2, M4, M6 and M8 with 7-8 seater options), which will give you a lot to choose from.
Finally, this is a modest attempt from Mahindra, a company that has been making cars which are both out of the box and their own comfort zones – they’ve been quite successful as well. Now, Mahindra has adapted the italian design philosophies along with American engineering sensibilities. This first car they designed under these principles was the XUV500, which was quite a success in the Indian market. Lets see how this one fares.
Now, the ask….should I buy it or not?
Well, it’s more complicated than that, sunny boy. You see, Mahindra didn’t design this to be an every-guy car (in fact, they’ve never done so). If you’re not the segment who wants to buy a luxury multi seater van, this will not do anything to change that. It does go above and beyond to give minivan/MPV fans something to love. This is a beautiful car. With the comfort of a luxury car and the heart of a beast, or a little of both at least.