Mahindra Marazzo DC Accessories Kit Coming Soon
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The Mahindra MPV will soon get the option of a bespoke second row with luxury saloon-rivalling legroom and features built by DC Design
In the build up to the launch of the Marazzo, Mahindra had promised that its second-ever MPV would have a bigger footprint than any of its previous offerings. Now that it's been launched, we know that it has a 2760mm wheelbase, which is more than what the Toyota Innova Crysta offers. The long wheelbase translates into a substantially spacious cabin which offers plenty of seating space in all three rows. However, if you are in the mood to stretch your legs a little further, Mahindra will soon offer the Marazzo with a bespoke cabin built by DC Design.
We got to spend some time with this kitted out MPV at the launch event and came back quite impressed. There are several bits and pieces which are meant to uplift the ambience and take the luxury factor up a notch, including leather-cladding on the seats, steering wheel, dashboard and door handles. The door pads get faux wood inserts and classy chrome garnishing around various touch points to complement the existing piano black inserts. Even the pillars get a unique dual-tone finish.
While the Marazzo's M8 variant gets leatherette captain seats for the second row, the optional DC-designed chairs get quite a big jump in terms of comfort and convenience. Both the front and second row captain seats are electrically adjustable, but the latter gets multiple enhancements such as a motorised extendable footrest and a foldable headrest shaped like a neck pillow. Mahindra says pushing the front passenger seat all the way forward can free up close to 41 inches of legroom. To put this in perspective, a standard Mercedes S-Class provides 43 inches of legroom.
What's more? All this is operated via a set of capacitive touch buttons embedded in a console placed between the two seats. To keep you amused, there is an Android TV placed behind the front seat headrests, a tablet housing, a 12V socket and even a 7-litre fridge!
However, there are a few bugbears too. Take the front passenger seat, which can be controlled through the console on the rear central armrest, for instance. Although the front passenger can adjust his chair electrically, the controls are not where you'd expect them to be. They are placed on the right side beside the gear lever Instead of the left, making one scramble for them in case of an emergency. Also, with the second row seats in place, access to the last row becomes not only difficult but sitting there could make you feel a little claustrophobic too. So we would advise you to ditch the last row altogether for a substantial increase in boot space.
Since this is an accessory kit, there are no mechanical changes to the MPV and it continues to be powered by the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. Although Mahindra hasn't revealed how much the entire kit costs, we expect the carmaker to charge anywhere between Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh over the top-spec M8 variant (Rs 13.90 lakh). This should make it a lot more affordable than an Innova Crysta with similar modifications.
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