Codenamed Mahindra U302, the SUV will be positioned alongside the Scorpio and will lock horns with Hyundai Creta and Honda BRV.
We have informed you earlier that Mahindra is working on several new products to regain its lost market share. The company is working on an all-new compact SUV – Codenamed S201 – and an all-new premium MPV – Codenamed U321 – for the Indian market. While the compact SUV will be based on the Tivoli’s platform and will take on Maruti Vitara Brezza, the U321 premium MPV will compete against Toyota Innova. According to ET Auto, the homegrown UV maker is also working on an all-new SUV based on the TUV platform. Codenamed Mahindra U302, the SUV will be positioned alongside the Scorpio and will lock horns with Hyundai Creta and Honda BRV.
Previous reports suggest that Mahindra will launch the long wheelbase version of the TUV300. Speculated to be called TUV500, the SUV will be a seven-seater variant. This model has been spotted several times during its test rounds on Indian roads. The Mahindra U302 could be the TUV500 and the design of the car is likely to be inspired by a “battle tank”. It is expected to feature raised shoulder, high front nose, flat roof, straight bonnet and high ground clearance. Read – Mahindra Y400 SUV To Challenge Toyota Fortuner
The Mahindra U302 could also be the next generation Bolero, which is due for a makeover. Once segment leading, the Bolero sales have been witnessing a continuous fall. The reason behind dip in sales is its old design targeting just rural region. The next generation Bolero is likely to keep the current rugged looks, but equipped with more frugal engine and improved cabin. The company might fit this SUV with its new 1.5-litre mHawk100 engine that is good for 100bhp and 240Nm of torque. Mahindra is also working on a range of petrol engines, and this SUV could also get the new 1.5-litre unit. Read – Mahindra U321 MPV To Rival Toyota Innova Crysta
Mahindra is yet to make an official statement on the same, but we expect this model could be launched towards the end of 2018 or early 2019. Adding to it, Mahindra will also launch a 7-seater premium SUV – Codenamed Y400 – to take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This SUV will be based on the new generation SsangYong Rexton platform.