The Mahindra Xylo might have been more of a UV but with the Mahindra Marazzo the company has officially entered the MPV segment. Priced at Rs 9.99 lakh onwards, it sits right between two other hugely popular vehicles in the segment: the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova.
It comes with the ability to seat seven or eight (depending on the configuration), a 1.5-litre diesel engine that makes 119 bhp, a nicely executed interior, a feature-rich 7-inch touchscreen system, projector headlamps, automatic climate control, ABS, dual airbags, ISOFIX seat mounts, among other things. The features are well-spread between four trim levels (M2, M4, M6, and M8), and the safety and mechanical bits are same for all. And so is the roof-mounted AC vent for all three rows.
The base version gets smaller 15-inch wheels while you can upgrade to 16-inch steel units on the M4, 16-inch alloys on the M6, and 17-inch alloys (as pictured) on the Mahindra Marazzo M8. Like with other Mahindra products, the mid-level variants offer a great balance between value and features. The M6 in this case is a clear example, with most top-spec features available for about Rs 1.5 lakh less than the M8. The basic M2 model also gets the aforementioned safety kit, AC vents for all three rows, central locking and power windows.
At present, the Mahindra Marazzo can be specced only with a manual gearbox and a diesel engine. In comparison the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is also available with a petrol engine (and an optional AT gearbox) while the Renault Logan (closer to the Marazzo in terms of pricing) comes with two diesel engine options. The Marazzo is more powerful than both of its rivals.
The variant-wise, ex-showroom pricing for the Marazzo:
M2: Rs 9.99 lakh
M4: Rs 10.95 lakh
M6: Rs 12.40 lakh
M8: Rs 13.90 lakh