Days after announcing ‘Marazzo’ as the name for its upcoming MPV (formerly known by its codename U321), Mahindra has revealed a first image of the model’s dashboard. The dash looks conventional in design with a T-shaped centre console. The centre air con vents are simple trapezoidal units but do get subtle chrome accents for a more upmarket look. Positioned below the centre vents is a touchscreen infotainment screen, possibly a 7.0-inch unit. A closer look at the screen reveals that the infotainment system will come with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it is expected that it will also double as a display for the reverse camera.
Also visible in the image are chunky dials for the automatic climate control system. Mahindra had earlier revealed an image showing the Marazzo’s roof-mounted air con vents for the second- and the third-row passengers, a system it will market as ‘surround cooling tech’. Lower-spec variants of the Marazzo would see manually adjustable settings for the climate control system.
Drivers will face a chunky three-spoke steering wheel that will come embellished with faux-aluminium detailing on the lower spoke. What can be seen in the picture is that the cluster of buttons on the steering wheel also include ones for cruise control – a feature expected to be exclusive to top-spec Marazzos. Also visible is the simple, yet classy instrument cluster that features a colour multi-info display. Interestingly, the purple piping for the speedometer and the tachometer dials is inspired by aquatic life, Mahindra had announced at the MPV’s name reveal.
The Marazzo’s cabin will sport a dual-tone black-and-beige theme, with faux-aluminium inserts used to good effect. There are textured plastics on the dashboard with a unique motif towards the passenger’s side. Mahindra had earlier revealed the Marazzo will be available in seven- and eight-seat forms and will feature leatherette seat covers.
The new Marazzo MPV has been engineered together by the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai and the Mahindra North American Technical centre. This is the first time Mahindra’s two research wings have collaborated on a passenger vehicle project. The Marazzo will also be the first Mahindra to use the carmaker’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will produce around 121hp and 300Nm of torque. There will be a sole gearbox on offer at launch – a six-speed manual unit, as seen in the interior image.
All versions of the Marazzo will come with ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors and airbags, and the model will comply with India’s latest crash test norms. The Marazzo MPV will launch in the run up to Diwali and is expected to be priced between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta.
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