The upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV will be launched during this year’s festive season, says The Economic Times in a new report that was published today. The U321 MPV has already been spied on numerous occasions and seems to be in the final stages of road testing.
The numerous spy images that have surfaced so far show that the upcoming Mahindra MPV will offer some premium features like LED DRLs, projector headlamps and multi-spoke alloy wheels. In all likelihood, the company is planning to launch a wide range of variants to attract both private car buyers and fleet operators. Also, reports say that the U321 MPV will feel many times more premium than the Xylo. It will be slotted between the Scorpio and the XUV500 in the company’s product portfolio. The upcoming MPV will have ABS and Airbags across all its trims. It will also comply with the upcoming crash safety norms.
Powering the Mahindra U321 MPV will be a new 1.6-Litre mFalcon Diesel engine that has been developed in collaboration with Ssangyong.The new motor will output a maximum power of 125 bhp along with a peak torque of 305 Nm. A petrol engine will also be available. Also on offer will be a turbocharged petrol engine that will displace 1.5 litre. The motor can output as much as 163 bhp. However, info on the state-of-tune for the U321 MPV is yet to be revealed by the manufacturer. The U321 will become the first MPV to be developed by the company’s North American development centre in Troy, Michigan. The upcoming model will be a global MPV that will be launched in several markets across the globe.
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While the prices of the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV will be declared only at the time of the launch, the new model is expected to be positioned close to the Renault Lodgy. Moreover, the U321 will also rival the upcoming all-new Maruti Ertiga, which will be a substantially bigger vehicle than its outgoing version. Hence, both the new Ertiga and the new U321 MPV will try to outclass each other to fill the void left behind by the last-gen Innova.