Mahindra and Mahindra, the popular Indian UV manufacturer, plans to launch the much-awaited U321 MPV around this year’s festive season. As per a new report, the upcoming Mahindra MPV’s official name will be announced on July 31. The market name of the U321 will be announced by Mahindra’s Managing Director Pawan Goenka at a press conference that will be held in Mumbai. Other than announcing the name of the MPV, the company will also share some relevant information about the upcoming model.
As per various spy images that we’ve come across, the U321 MPV will offer LED DRLs, projector headlamps, and stylish alloy wheels. Also, reports suggest that it will offer multiple seating configurations. The U321 MPV will be much more modern and better equipped than the Xylo. In the company’s product portfolio, the new MPV will find itself positioned between the Scorpio and the XUV500, which means it could have a starting price of roughly Rs 10 lakh. All trim levels of this MPV will offer ABS and dual front airbags as standard. Also, it will comply with the upcoming crash safety norms.
Powering the Mahindra U321 MPV will be the company’s new 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that will output roughly 125hp and 320Nm. The engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The MPV might also get a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine sometime later. The U321 will be the first-ever MPV to developed by Mahindra’s North American development centre in Troy, Michigan. The upcoming model will be a world-class offering that will be sold in several markets across the globe.
Like we said, there are enough changes of the Mahindra U321 MPV to have a base price of Rs 10 lakh. Hence, in all probability, the upcoming offering will end up rivalling the second-generation Maruti Ertiga MPV. It’s worth a mention here that the new version of the Ertiga is a significantly larger vehicle than the current version of Maruti Suzuki’s popular MPV. It’s very likely that both the new-gen Ertiga and the U321 MPV will try to fill the void left behind by the last-generation Toyota Innova.
Source – Autocar India