Likely to be launched in the second half of 2017, the Mahindra U321 MPV will rival the Toyota Innova Crysta.
In order to regain lost market share, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on an all-new range of UVs for the Indian market. The company will launch an all-new 7-seater premium SUV – Codenamed Y400 – towards the end of this year. Adding to it, a sub-4 metre SUV based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s platform is scheduled to be launched in 2018. Interestingly, the homegrown automaker is also working on all-new premium MPV, which is likely to come as a replacement for the ageing Xylo. Codenamed Mahindra U321, the MPV will be locally developed at the company’s Nashik plant.
This MPV will rival the segment leader – Toyota Innova Crysta. The car has been spotted testing in Chennai near company’s vehicle development centre – Mahindra Research Valley. Likely to be launched by mid-2018, the MPV is current in development and testing phase. Going by the spyshots, it is visible that the U321 carries the conventional MPV design. The vehicle gets Mahindra’s toothed grille, bulbous headlamps with projectors and split radiator air-inlets. The rear gets wraparound taillamps and large windscreen with wiper.
Mahindra has already confirmed that it will invest Rs 15,000 crore in the Nashik and the Igatpuri plants. As a reminder, Mahindra’s Nashik plant currently manufactures the Thar, Scorpio, Verito, Bolero, Xylo and the NuvoSport. The company might use the Xylo’s production line to develop the new MPV, as the former might be discontinued from the market. The new investment will be used to further develop the Nashik facility while the Igatpuri plant will develop and supply engines. Read More – Upcoming Mahindra Cars In India
The Mahindra U321 MPV is expected to be powered by a 1.99-litre diesel engine that also powers the XUV500. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 140PS and a peak torque of 320Nm. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual or automatic unit. The new MPV has been developed by the Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan and India. The MPV has already been spotted several times during its test rounds on Indian roads. Going by the pictures, it is visible that the MPV is production ready and could be launched during festive season.
The Indian UV maker has already confirmed that the MPV will be developed at the Nashik facility, Maharashtra. The vehicle will soon into production line, and we expect the MPV could be launched in the second half of 2018. This MPV could make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
|Minimum (Expected)||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum (Expected)||Rs 15 lakh|
To be launched as a premium MPV, the U321 could be priced in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. It will rival against the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta, Tata Hexa and the top-end Renault Lodgy.
|Engine||1.99-litre 4-cylinder diesel|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT & 6-speed AT|
The U321 MPV will share its engine and mechanical with the Mahindra XUV500. Under the bonnet will be a 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine that is capable of producing 140PS of top power and 320Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Read – All Mahindra Cars To Have Petrol Engine
Mahindra in association with Ssangyong is also working on a range of new petrol engines ranging from 1.2-litre to 1.6-litre. This MPV might get a new 1.6-litre petrol engine; however, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed.
The U321 MPV is current in testing phase, and has already been spotted a couple of times during its test rounds. This MPV is expected to be based on a monocoque platform, which makes it lighter than the Innova. As you know, the Innova is based on the ladder-frame chassis. The new platform is developed by the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. Going by the spy shots, the U321 vehicle gets the traditional tall MPV stance. It will have long wheelbase and short overhangs, which will contribute to its spacious cabin. The front fascia of the MPV looks similar to the current crop of Mahindras, which is very much evident from its familiar Mahindra grille. The headlamp design resembles the new Imperio pick-up truck, while the big bumper gets striking air inlets and newly designed fog lamp enclosures. It carries the typical boxy design, which is visible from side and rear profile. However, Mahindra could add lots of creases and curves to add some styling quotient.
This premium MPV will share most of its cabin design and features from the Mahindra XUV500. It is expected to feature touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, air con vents for all three rows, leather upholstery for seats, steering and dashboard, multi-functional steering wheel, reverse parking camera, ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, etc.
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