The Mahindra Marazzo MPV, which was launched late last year, has been facing serious headwinds when it comes to sales. From average monthly sales of nearly 4,000 units each month, the latest monthly sales of the MPV have slipped ot 1,206 units. The drop in monthly sales means that Mahindra dealers need to aggressively offer discounts on the MPV to make it attractive enough to buyers. Well, that’s exactly what is happening, with the M6 and M8 trims of the MPV getting discounts of a little over Rs. 1 lakh. According to MyCarHelpline, the M6 and M8 trims of the Mahindra Marazzo get a 40,000 rupee exchange bonus and free insurance worth Rs. 70,000. Adding both figures up, the total discount on the Marazzo comes up to Rs. 1.1 lakhs, which is very decent indeed. Chief competitors of the Marazzo – the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta – are not selling at any discount.
The Mahindra Marazzo sold in India is offered in four variants: M2, M4, M6 and M8. The MPV gets a single engine option: a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 121 Bhp of peak power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The Marazzo is a body on ladder MPV but it’s engine is mounted transversely (east-west), making for a front wheel drive layout. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard with this MPV. In the coming months, Mahindra is expected to introduce a 6 speed automated manual transmission (AMT) on the Marazzo. This gearbox has already been introduced on the XUV300 Diesel, which shares its engine with the Marazzo. Sourced from Magneti Marelli, the AMT unit gets creep, kickdown and hill hold modes. Mahindra is also working on a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine for the MPV. The petrol motor is likely to be introduced next year, to coincide with the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms that will come into force from April 2020.
The Marazzo gets 7 seat and 8 seat options for the Indian market, and both options get three row layouts. The MPV is the first vehicle to be developed jointly by Mahindra’s North American research and development unit in Michigan and the automaker’s Indian unit at Chennai. It’s a global vehicle that Mahindra will introduce in other markets shortly. Mahindra has also tied up with DC Design for customized interiors. The DC customized Marazzo gets first class airline-style interiors, and just the interior package is priced between Rs. 6-10 lakhs depending on the level of customization opted for. Prices of the Mahindra Marazzo start at Rs. 9.95 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. It’s priced in between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta.