Mahindra and Mahindra has been busy preparing an all-new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) for the Indian car market. The Indian car manufacturer plans to launch the U321 (codename) MPV later this year. In all probability, the U321 will rival the new-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which is another upcoming MPV that will launch later this year. The U321 was recently spotted testing on the outskirts of Chennai.
Numerous spy images that have surfaced so far have revealed that the upcoming MPV will come with premium features like LED DRLs, projector headlamps and stylish multi-spoke alloy wheels. There are good chances of the company launching multiple variants to attract both fleet operators and private car buyers. As per various reports, the U321 MPV will be much more premium than the Xylo. Also, the new vehicle will find itself positioned between the Scorpio and the XUV500 in the company’s product portfolio. All variants of the Mahindra U321 MPV will offer ABS and airbags as standard features across all the trims. It will also comply with the upcoming crash safety norms.
The Mahindra U321 MPV will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre mFalcon diesel engine that has been developed in collaboration with Ssangyong. The new oil burner will produce a maximum power of 125 bhp along with a peak torque of 305 Nm. The U321 will also get an all-new 1.5-litre, turbocharged petrol engine. It has been revealed that this turbo-petrol motor can be tuned to produce as much as 163 bhp. However, details on the state-of-tune for the upcoming MPV aren’t available at the moment. The U321 will be the first-ever MPV to developed by Mahindra’s North American development centre in Troy, Michigan. The U321 is likely to go on sale in several international markets across the world.
In all probability, the new Mahindra U321 MPV will be priced slightly higher than the Renault Lodgy. Also, it’s likely to cost as much as the upcoming Maruti Ertia MPV. It may be noted here that the all-new Ertiga is a substantially larger vehicle than the current MPV from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. In terms of target audience and pricing, both the new Ertiga and the U321 MPV will try to fill the void left behind by the last-gen Innova.
Source – Anything on Wheels