The upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV is expected to be launched during this festive season; could carry a brand new diesel engine
Mahindra & Mahindra will be introducing a brand new premium MPV rivalling Innova Crysta in the Indian market and spy pictures have emerged a number of times in last several months. The test prototypes have continuously evolved as we lead up to the launch of what has been codenamed at the U321.
The latest spy shots we got hold of does reveal the production exterior of the MPV and it wears a white body colour scheme. Up front, it features upper portion of the grille with six toothed vertical elements while the bumper section has wide air intakes. As we already know, the projector headlamps will be sharp and swept-back and the fog lamp housing with LED DRLs placed lowly adds sportiness to the MPV.
The top-end variants should adorn chrome treated exterior. The camouflaged test mule ran on twin five-spoke wheels and other notable features we can divulge you of from earlier spy shots are wing mirror integrated turn indicators, vertically positioned LED tail lamps, rear wash wiper, LED stop lamp, etc.
The interior will come equipped with multifunctional steering wheel with mounted controls, a large touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, cruise control, premium cabin finish and so on. Powertrain is another new bit on the upcoming MPV as it is expected to use a 1.6-litre diesel engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 125 hp and 305 Nm torque.
Transmission options will include a six-speed manual as standard and automatic will be offered in high-spec models. We can expect Mahindra to price the U321 between Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh (ex-showroom) as it would help in luring customers going for top-end Maruti Suzuki Ertiga as well as the entry- and mid-level Toyota Innova Crysta variants.
It is designed and developed at Mahindra’s technical centre in Troy, Michigan with possible inputs from SsangYong and could reach showrooms by September or October. Mahindra is also planning to unleash rebadged Rexton and a sub-four metre SUV based on the SsangYong Tivoli.
Spy Source: Nikhil