India’s leading utility vehicle maker, Mahindra has showcased two offerings at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show. The Mahindra Marazzo MPV and Roxor UV have made their debut at the show and both have been designed at Mahindra North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Detroit, Michigan.
Mahindra has no plans of launching the Marazzo in the US as of now. But, they do have a vehicle on sale in the US, and it is the Roxor. It is produced at the company plant in Detroit. Roxor SUV has however stirred up some controversy with FCA having filed a suit against Mahindra citing similar styling.
Mahindra Marazzo, designed by MNATC along with inputs from Pininfarina. It is a global car, made with world class quality. It has been successfully launched in India where it rivals the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova. The Marazzo is powered by a 1,497cc, 4 cylinder diesel engine from the mFalcon range, offering 123 hp power and 300 NM torque mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.
Priced in the range of Rs 10-14 lakhs, the Marazzo is inspired by a shark and gets a front grille with vertical slat design to resemble a shark’s teeth, shark fin like tail lamps, 17” alloy wheels and front bumper with air dams and twin barrel headlamps to give off an aggressive stance.
Mahindra Roxor is designed on the platform of the Thar and is sold in US exclusively as an off road vehicle. The Roxor boasts of an aggressive stance, high ground clearance and strong suspension catering to its off road capabilities. The Roxor is powered by a 2.5 liter, turbocharged, 4 cylinder diesel engine offering 62 PS power and 195 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission sending power to all four wheels.
The absence of door, roof or windshield offers a clear view of the surroundings for better driving. Facing a law suit with FCA over design issues, there also have been demands for launch in India, but due to the Thar already being a major player in that segment from Mahindra itself, there seems little scope for launch of Roxor in India.