Crossover & SUV both possible on Marazzo's platform, says M&M's Rajan Wadhera

11/09/2018 - 20:41 | ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

In an interview with Autocar Professional, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra revealed that the recently launched Marazzo MPV's platform could be used for underpinning a crossover and an SUV. It's worth a mention here that the Marazzo's patented architecture is the world's first ladder-frame platform with a transversely mounted engine and Front Wheel Drive (FWD) layout.

2018 Mahindra Marazzo Images Front Three Quarters
As per M&M, the new platform enjoys a 160% higher stiffness than its earlier architectures.

In response to a question related to the upcoming models that will be built on the new MPV's platform, Rajan Wadhera said:

It can take a seven- to an eight-seater product, be it a crossover or a typical blue-blooded SUV. The lines between a car, hatchback, SUV or MPV are very blurred these days and not as deep as they used to be. Customers are now willing to change over which is why you see a lot of them moving from hatchbacks to SUVs. It’s a platform of a C-sized segment, typically seven- to eight-seater, which can be scaled up or down to even a compact segment car.

Models spawned by the Mahindra Marazzo's platform are likely to get the new-age 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. For the company's latest MPV, the oil burner outputs 123 hp and a peak torque of 300 Nm. The motor comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. As per the manufacturer, the new platform enjoys a 160% higher stiffness than its earlier architectures. The Marazzo also benefits from an improved body in white rigidity by 2.3 times.

Staying with platforms, M&M and Ford have signed a MoU to co-develop a C-Segment SUV for India. A media report said that the second generation XUV500's platform (codename: Mahindra W601) would be leveraged by the Blue Oval to introduce its Jeep Compass challenger.

The Mahindra Marazzo has several firsts to its credit. It's the first-ever jointly designed model by renowned design house Pininfarina and the company's Mumbai-based design centre. Moreover, it's the first product to be developed in a cooperation between Mahindra North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, USA and Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) in Chennai, India.

2018 Mahindra Marazzo Images Surround Cooling Tech
The Mahindra Marazzo offers an aircraft-inspired surround cooling that provides diffused and direct airflow.

Also Read: M&M looks to unlock 8,500 cars/month sales with Mahindra Marazzo, S201 & Y400 - Report

The Mahindra Marazzo is on sale in a price bracket of INR 9.99 lakh to INR 13.90 lakh (Ex-showroom, Pan India). The eight-seat layout costs INR 5,000 higher. The new MPV is available with a three years/100,000 km warranty.

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