The Mahindra Marazzo (codename - Mahindra U321) went on sale in India at a starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India) yesterday. It is currently available with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. At the launch event, the company revealed that it plans to introduce petrol engine and automatic transmission options by April 2020.
Speaking on the delay in the launch of the petrol version, Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra, said that his company has refrained from launching a petrol model at the moment as it would have been too expensive to introduce a BSIV petrol engine now and a BSVI-compliant version by 2020.
Mahindra is yet to divulge any details on the petrol engine for its latest model. That said, it's widely known that the manufacturer is currently working on four new petrol engines, which range from 0.6-litre to 2.0-litre in displacement. One of these engines, which has a high probability of making it to the Marazzo, is a 1.5-litre unit that can offer up to 163.15 PS of maximum power.
The Mahindra Marazzo is claimed to be the first-ever passenger vehicle to have a transversely-mounted engine and front wheel drive layout with a ladder-frame architecture. Dubbed as 'Best of both World', the patented architecture leads to low floor height and a flat floor while providing the general benefits of a frame-based construction.
The Mahindra Marazzo complies with the latest pedestrian safety norms. It also meets the side and rear crash protection norms that aren't applicable to its class of vehicles. The bodyshell of the latest Mahindra model is made up of 52% high-strength high-press steel. Standard safety features across all the trims include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, ISOFIX child seat mounts and rear parking sensors. The top-end grade gets a rear parking camera with dynamic guiding lines and an emergency call feature as well.