4Mahindra U321 (Toyota Innova Crysta Rival)
Mahindra is already one of the strongest players in the UV segment in India with its range of cars. Now, the company is aiming to strengthen its position and increase the market share with more new models. As Toyota Innova Crysta has established itself as the number one model in MPV segment, Mahindra is aiming to give the Japanese car tough competition with its upcoming MPV codenamed U321. Likely to be launched in early 2018, this car could be showcased at the upcoming New Delhi Auto Expo.
As the test mule of Mahindra U321 MPV has been spied, it bears the rugged and aggressive look visible in other Mahindra cars. Up front, it gets a vertically slated front grille with plenty of chrome garnishing. The headlamps get projector unit and integrated LED daytime running lights as well enhancing the style quotient. A chunky looking muscular front bumper with large and wide air intake and neatly positioned fog lamps is there as well.
At the side profile, the Mahindra U321 MPV will come with bold alloy wheels, sharp character lines, turn indicator integrated ORVMs and blackened glass area. The door handles could come with chrome finishing. Moving to the rear profile, it will have a integrated roof spoiler, a chunky bumper and vertically positioned taillights with LED inserts. Overall, Mahindra will introduce the aggressive and bold design language to this vehicle, which is visible in other cars from the brand as well.
As Mahindra U321 will compete against the tough rival like Toyota Innova Crysta, it will have to become upmarket and feature packed inside the cabin. Therefore, the U321 MPV will come with an appealing and upmarket vibe. It will have a multi-function steering wheel, analog and digital display consisting instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The seat and upholstery materials are expected to come of high quality. The occupants will surely enjoy a spacious and comfortable experience inside.
This is the first vehicle developed by Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) located in Troy, Michigan in US. It could come sharing the same platform with the current Mahindra flagship model, the XUV500. On the powertrain front, it will have a 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine under the hood that is used by couple of Mahindra SUVs in Delhi and NCR. Expect both manual and automatic gearboxes to be on offer and power will be sent to the front will only.
Expected Launch: Late 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 14 lakh – Rs. 19 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)