The once popular MPV segment in India seems to have lost its sheen off late. With customer focus shifting to SUVs/crossovers, sales are not very encouraging. There is, however, on exception – Toyota Innova Crysta. Ever since its launch in May 2016, it has been clocking impressive figures, especially for a car that costs upwards of 15 lakhs on-road. Mahindra, it seems, is now readying a Toyota Innova rival for our market. The new Mahindra MPV India launch could take place in early 2017 at a starting price of around INR 10 lakhs. The upcoming Mahindra MPV has been spotted testing near Chennai, which also happens to be where their R&D centre is located. Here’s what we know about the Toyota Innova rivalling Mahindra TUV500 MPV so far.
Mahindra TUV500 Launch Date
|Model||Expected Launch Date|
|New Mahindra TUV500 Launch in India||Early 2017|
From the looks of it, M&M’s upcoming Innova rival could arrive in showrooms in early 2017. According to reports, the development of this new product began a few years back at Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. The manufacturer is carrying out extensive testing in India to tune it according to our conditions. This new Mahindra MPV will be a global product and will be sold in multiple international markets.
The upcoming Mahinda MPV is the first of many products Mahindra intends to develop at its facility in Michigan. Also in the pipeline is a new small SUV based on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s platform. This new SUV will be cheaper than the XUV500 and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
Mahindra TUV500 Price in India
This Toyota Innova Crysta rival will be priced in the INR 10 – 15 lacs range. Such pricing will position it between the Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Xylo. Mahindra could continue to sell base variants of the Xylo to fleet operators and cabbies even after the new MPV comes to the market. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the price of the new Mahindra MPV, but it will almost certainly be cheaper than the Toyota Innova Crysta. Pricing could be similar to that of the 110 PS variants of the Renault Lodgy.
|Variant||Estimated Ex-Showroom Price|
|New Mahindra TUV500 MPV Base Variant Price||INR 10.00 lakhs|
|New Mahindra TUV500 MPV Mid-level Variant Price||INR 11.50 lakhs|
|New Mahindra TUV500 MPV Top Variant Price||INR 13.00 lakhs|
By the time the New Mahindra MPV launch takes place in India, the Tata Hexa would have also gone on sale at an estimated price of INR 10-15 lakhs. Also, Mahindra could introduce petrol variants of the MPV at a later stage with a starting price of about INR 9 lakhs. In all probability, the upcoming MPV will replace the ageing Xylo. It is also possible that Mahindra will keep selling base variants of the Xylo to fleet owners and cabbies.
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Mahindra TUV500 MPV Rivals
|Toyota Innova Crysta||INR 14.85 – 20.93 lakhs|
|Renault Lodgy||INR 9.50 – 12.86 lakhs|
|Honda Mobilio||INR 7.18 – 12.33 lakhs|
|Maruti Ertiga||INR 6.18 – 8.66 lakhs|
New Mahindra TUV500 Specifications
The upcoming 8-seater Mahindra MPV is likely to borrow the XUV500’s engine and transmission lineup. Powering the MPV will be a 2.2-litre that churns out max. power of 140 bhp and peak torque of 330 Nm. It will come with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine Type/ Displacement||2.2 L mHawk Diesel|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic|
|Mileage||18 kpl (estimated)|
Figures based on estimates. Actual numbers may vary
Mahindra has been working on a new lineup of petrol engines for a while in conjunction with Ssangyong. These new engines could debut on products such as the XUV500 by the end of 2016. This new lineup of petrol engines will also find their way into futureMahindrae products including the upcoming MPV.
New Mahindra TUV500 Mileage
Here are the estimated mileage figures of the upcoming Mahindra MPV. Quite obviously, the actual figures may vary.
|Overall (ARAI Certified)||18 kmpl|
New Mahindra TUV500 Exterior Design
The spy shots seen here reveal the shape of the upcoming Toyota Innova Crysta rival. It features a van-like silhouette with a short bonnet and large cabin area. The images of the front depict double barrel swept back headlamps, flanking Mahindra’s signature toothed grille. A short bonnet and a large glasshouse area are evident in its side profile. The size of rear quarter glass hints at ample space for the third-row passengers along with decent luggage space even with all seats up. It gets door mounted outside rear view mirrors.
The upcoming MPV features a very upright rear with the number plate positioned just below the rear windscreen. As evident from the pictures here, it has a very low loading lip, which will be of great help while getting heavy or large pieces of cargo into the boot. There’s an integrated stop lamp above the windscreen. Reflector units have been placed down low in the rear bumper.
New Mahindra TUV500 Interior Design
The spy shots here barely shed any light on the interiors of the upcoming Mahindra MPV. It will get three rows of seats and, from the looks of it, ample boot space even with all rows up. Expect a fairly modern dashboard design, much better than that of the Xylo. Bits like the steering wheel and touchscreen infotainment unit could come from the Scorpio or XUV500. The cabin of the TUV500 could get a black-beige dual tone colour scheme with silver inserts. Expect the TUV500 to feature a fairly well-equipped cabin. Features list could include a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted control, ambient lighting, climate control, 6 airbags, etc. It will come in 6 or 7 seat configurations. The 6 seater versions will feature captain seats for the second row.
New Mahindra TUV500 Engine and Transmission
Mahindra has been developing new engines with Ssangyong for international as well as domestic markets. These new engines could eng up powering the upcoming MPV. This lineup will include petrol engines as well. Mahindra intends to roll out petrol variants of all its cars in the coming years. Apart from new petrol and diesel engines, the upcoming Mahindra MPV will also feature both manual and automatic transmission options. The automatic gearbox could be an Aisin sourced 6-speed unit.
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