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Mahindra Marazzo MPV to be launched on September 3

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Mahindra Marazzo MPV to be launched on September 3

Mahindra's upcoming MPV finally got its official name as the Marazzo which is derived from a word in the Basque language, also known as a shark.

Mahindra has finally revealed the date of launch of its upcoming MPV Marazzo - September 3. Initially known as the U321, Mahindra's upcoming MPV finally got its official name as the Marazzo which is derived from a word in the Basque language, also known as a shark.

The Mahindra Design Studio and Italian design house Pininfarina have collaborated closely during the design development process - as a result, the Marazzo reflects a design language that is an integral part of Mahindra's bold, new generation of vehicles.

Its shark-inspired design is evident in the streamlined and aerodynamic shape, in the overall silhouette and in the front grille inserts which resemble shark-like teeth and adds to the vehicle's aggressive stance. The design cues further flow into the tail lamps that are inspired by the tail of a shark.

Marazzo is a globally developed product, engineered through a collaboration between Mahindra North America Technical Centre (MNATC) and Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) in Chennai. Marazzo comes with a patented architecture, for a unique balance of smooth ride, agile handling, space and quiet cabin.

The Marazzo, though it looks like a 7-seater, will also get a 5-seat configuration on the options. According to spy images seen across the internet sphere, top-spec variants of the production model of the Marazzo MUV will get a two-tone dashboard with faux aluminium trims, chrome-finished air-con vents, and piano black finish.

The Marazzo will also get top-notch features like controls on the steering wheel, automatic climate control system, three rows of air-con, added to a current-gen XUV500 touchscreen infotainment system.

The Marazzo is slated to be powered by Mahindra's all-new 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre diesel engine from the brand's mFalcon series of engines. The all-new turbocharged engine is expected to make around 130bhp. Mahindra has not yet confirmed the exact specs but the powertrain is expected to come mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox with an optional automatic-spec gearbox for future models.

The Marazzo from Mahindra is expected to come with the traditional Mahindra grille - similar to the XUV. The MUV has as of now been spotted with heavy camouflaging being tested on the roads of India. However, the Marazzo will get a three-box design with the A-pillar as forward as possible to maximize interior space.

The Mahindra Marazzo MUV, according to spy images, gets a low-floored cabin despite getting a body-on-frame construction. The images further show a shortened version of the typical Mahindra grille alongside wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs (possibly only on higher-spec trims), LED tail lamps, and 16-inch 5-spoke alloys, again only on higher trims.

The MUV from Mahindra is expected to sit right in the middle of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of size but will cost around Rs 10-15 lakh, ex-showroom, depending on the trim level. The MUV will also compete with the likes of rivals like Renault Lodgy and the new gen Honda BR-V.

In terms of a launch timescale, we expect the MUV to make ground within this year, considering Mahindra has already stated that there will be three launches for the 2018 year. The Indian based car manufacturing major has also planned to bring its Ssangyong Tivoli-based compact SUV which will be pitted against the likes of the Tata Nexon, and the Ford EcoSport and the all-new Mahindra badged Ssangyong Rexton to rival the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.