Oct 08, 2018
1 ) Marazzo design was conceived and developed mainly at Mahindra North American Technical Centre (MNATC) Troy, Michigan in USA with several inputs from Mahindra's Design Studio, Mumbai along with Pininfarina, Italy and Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai.
2) The petrol engine option and the automatic transmission will be available by 2020 along with the new Bharat - VI emission norms. Diesel AT is sorely missed for private car buyers. That said, the all new 1.5 litre turbo diesel is very well tuned and is rated at 123 HP @ 3500 RPM while torque figure delivered, 300Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM, is impressive. Capable midrange with smartly chosen gear ratios on the 6-speed manual results into a capable cruiser.
3) The body shell is a mounted on a light weight high rigid ladder frame chassis with a transversely mounted front wheel drivetrain, with such arrangement being the first in the world. Mahindra has filed Patent for this design. This set also keeps weight lower.
4) Industry first surround cool technology provided for the 2nd and 3rd row passengers. The diffuse function while sounds funky, actually works well. The large, spacious cabin cools quickly too.
5) 8-seater configuration is unavailable in the top-most variant, M8; but all other variants have it. Considering the competitive price tag, lower variants could be cabbie favourite. Fuel efficiency stands at around 17 KMPL (ARAI rated) which should keep fuel-efficiency customers happy.
6) Navigation can be viewed in MID itself, albeit in M8 only. The M6 variant, with a touchscreen unit, lacks in-built navigation as well as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
7) Absence of basic features like push button start, telescopic steering adjustment, auto-dimming IRVM etc. Such niceties bring in wider audience.
8) All round disc brakes and dual airbags are standard with rear discs being segment first as standard equipment. However, no variants get side airbags and TPMS. Higher trims are costly and Mahindra should have added side airbags.
9) The individual front co-passenger seat armrest, while being used, interferes, while engaging second gear. At the same time, Mahindra seems to have a very mature set up for third row access with one touch folding seat in middle row. On the whole, ergonomics are too far off from leading rivals.
10) Excellent NVH levels, super light steering and low turning radius of 5.25 meters. makes it easy to drive and park on the city roads. The ride quality is the best in any Mahindra car so far. Front suspension has aluminum components which helps keep weight in check.
11) Impressive built! High quality plastics/materials in and out, makes for a good experience. Panels don’t flex as much as it does in case of some rivals. Ingress and egress are user friendly but elderly might find it to be a tough. Once inside, it’s very comfortable. Captain seats stands out. Shoulder room is more than sufficient even for those with large build.
12) Boot space with all rows up is reasonable and better than XUV500. Fuel tank should have been larger than current 45 litres, after all this is a great long distance people mover.