Saar: Apart from a new steering wheel and a new instrument cluster, the dashboard will also house an upgraded infotainment system.
On July 31, 2018, Mahindra revealed that its latest seven-seater offering, which will also be sold in an eight-seat configuration, will be called the Marazzo. Along with the name, Mahindra also revealed a set of images which focused on specific aspects of the Marazzo’s recipe. Now though, Mahindra has revealed the full dashboard design of its latest MPV and things do look promising.
Let’s start from the driver’s side. The multi-function steering wheel has a new design with several buttons to push on either side of the airbag housing. Behind it is a newly design instrument cluster and that was one of the few aspects that Mahindra touched upon while revealing the people-carrier’s name. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment system which, as per our calculated guess, is an upgraded version of the 7.0-inch display that does duty in the Mahinda XUV500.
The infotainment screen is accompanied by the central AC vents on top and manual HVAC controls at the bottom. Between the two round dials, one of which is to control the air flow rate and the other to control the temperature, are few more buttons to control other aspects like the music system and the micro-hybrid technology. The gear lever is of a 6-speed manual transmission with a ‘dog-leg’ reverse. In other words, it will operate in the same sequence as the 6-speed unit in the XUV500.
The overall design of the dashboard looks neat. The dual-tone treatment will help in making the interior look richer. The sloping top section blends smoothly from one end to the other. The glossy plastic panel on the face of the dashboard seems to have a pattern in itself. The chrome surround around the AC vents provides a good contrast to the black-dominated layout. The lower section, finished in beige, comprises of a glovebox on the passenger side and a cubbyhole on the driver’s side.
The Mahindra Marazzo will go on sale before the end of September 2018. It will be underpinned by an all-new platform and the company claims that it will have the largest footprint (wheelbase x front track) of any Mahindra vehicle. Other features of the Marazzo include roof-mounted AC vents for the second and third rows, leatherette seats and LED DRLs. Price-wise, we expect it to fall in the range of Rs 10-15 lakh. This way, it will slot between the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta.