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Mahindra Marazzo: Launch and First Drive

The Mahindra Marazzo has been launched in India after a teasing and being spied for over a month. And, its competitively priced  starting at INR 9.99 lakh PAN India.

Marazzo

The Mahindra Marazzo is a completely new vehicle grounds up. The whole development of the vehicle took place in Detroit. The shark inspired design is a result of a collaboration between Italian design house Pininfarina and the Mahindra Design studio back home in Mumbai.

Marazzo

The front grille on the Marazzo is a seven slat shark tooth design. The headlamps house projector LED Headlamps with DRLs. The vehicle also get dual tone twin spoke 17 inch alloy wheels. Also, there are a host of options to accessorise your Marazzo with.

Whats inside?

Marazzo

The interior has been beautifully done in white leatherette seats. The design is fresh and appealing, with loads of features to play with, The instrument cluster lit with pink/purple back lights also look premium. The only funny bit in the short stint we got with the Marazzo at the launch, is the hand-brake. Lets see if that bit gets familiar once we get the vehicle for an extensive review.

Safety

On the safety front, the Marazzo gets dual airbags standard on all variants, crumple zones, ISOFIX child seat mounts, collapsible steering wheel, and for the M6 and M8 variants, first in class cornering lamps and Emergency Calling. These variants also get parking sensors and reversing camera. Mahindra claims the Marazzo more than fulfills all the safety criteria, even those that a vehicle of its category needn’t meet.

As said before, its a completely new vehicle with no sharing of any bit with other vehicles form the Mahindra stable. So, the Engine, chassis, transmission, all mechanical bits,even the development team, are new.

Engine

Marazzo

The engine is a new 1.5 litre 4 cylinder diesel. The vehicle gets transverse engine front wheel drive layout combined with a body on frame chassis layout, which is unique. The body has been engineered to keep the floor height low for easy ingress.

The Mahindra Marazzo feels unmistakably, er, not a Mahindra. Everything from the engine, the design, the build quality and feel, the drive is quite some notches from everything else that has been carrying the Mahindra badge. You could remind me of the XUV right now but this is further leap than that in terms of overall development of a new vehicle.

For a first drive, we are left pretty impressed with the Marazzo. More on that on the in depth review.

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Kedar Vaidya

An utter car guy, he’s the guy on the keyboard. Driver’s seat is his place for solace. Apart from talking cars and driving, Kedar also spends a fortune on die-cast miniatures of them, especially old American Muscle. He loves to understand his ride fully and once he does, he loves to explore its limits. American Hotrodder David Freighburger is his icon, while he dreams to daily drive a 68′ Dodge Charger some day.

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