Mahindra U321 MPV Likely To Launch In India This Festive Season; Will Rival Toyota Innova Crysta


Mahindra U321 MPV is going to be a premium offering from the homegrown automaker in India. It is expected to launch in our country within this fiscal year. Prices are expected to fall in the price range of INR 12 lakh to 18 lakh.

Mahindra and Mahindra is all set to launch a new premium MPV in India. Codenamed as the U321, we expect this MPV to make its debut in India sometime around the festive season this year. Going by the numerous spy shots of this vehicle circulating on the internet, it is clear that the U321 MPV is going to come with all the features and creature comforts. For instance, this SUV is going to get projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail-lamps, a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control and the likes. Though details on this are quite scarce, the MPV is likely to get both petrol and diesel derivatives along with both manual and automatic versions.

Mahindra MPV U321 rendering

Mahindra U321 MPV Price In India

Expected Price INR 13 Lakh to INR 18 Lakh

The Mahindra U321 MPV will be a premium product. This means that the prices are likely to start above the INR 10 Lakh mark. The base price should ideally start at INR 13 Lakh to 14 Lakh. The top-end variant could cost INR 18 Lakh or more.

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Mahindra U321 MPV Launch Date

Launch Date Second Half 2018

The Mahindra U321 MPV will launch in India sometime during the second half of 2018. However, Mahindra is yet to confirm this. That said, there was speculation that the automaker will showcase the vehicle at the 2018 Auto Expo. This did not happen.

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Mahindra U321 MPV Engine Specifications

Fuel Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.5-litre 1.6-litre mFalcon
Power 120 BHP 125 BHP
Torque 200 Nm 305 Nm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual-Auto

So far no concrete information exists on the powertrain of the U321 MPV. However, it is likely that the vehicle will get a new 1.6-litre mFalcon diesel engine. This engine will produce 125 BHP along with 305 NM of peak torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be available as standard. The higher variants will also get an automatic unit, likely to be a 6-speed gearbox as well. That said, the MPV might also get a petrol derivative. The automaker is currently developing a range of petrol engine with displacements of 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre. The U321 is likely to get the 1.5-litre unit.

Mahindra U321 MPV Mileage

Fuel Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.5-litre 1.6-litre mFalcon
Mileage 14-16 km/l 18-20 km/l

Expect decent fuel efficiency numbers for the U321 MPV. Mahindra will ensure that the mileage figures stand shoulder to shoulder with the rivals to give this vehicle a better chance against the competition. For the diesel derivative, expect mileage figures to be around 18 to 20 km/l. For the petrol motor, they are likely to be around 14 to 15 km/l.

Mahindra MPV U321 front

Mahindra U321 MPV Exterior Design

With the help of the recent spy shots, was becomes evident is that the Mahindra U321 MPV will get a bold stance. The front comes with Mahindra’s trademark grille. The rear seems flat with large tail-lamps and tail-gate. Side profile could sharp creases, inspired by the XUV500 and Scorpio. Since the U321 replaces the Xylo, there will be subtle hints of that as well. Overall, expect the MPV to feature premium look. What this means is that the exterior profile will get curvaceous aesthetics with less sharp lines and creases. To increase the premium factor, substantial chrome elements will be used as well.

Mahindra MPV U321 Interiors

Mahindra U321 MPV Interior Design

Just like the exterior profile of the U321 MPV, the interiors are also to sport a premium layout. Going by the spy shots, the vehicle will get a neat and clean dashboard. It is going to feature a dual-tone colour scheme of black and beige. To complement this, air-con vents and door panels will get silver accents. The dashboard will get a large piano black panel, running all across its length. The instrument cluster will get two large dials and a small display of vehicle information. The top-end variant will come with a touchscreen infotainment system. Due to the large cabin, rear passengers will get separate air-con vents.

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Mahindra MPV U321 Rear

Mahindra U321 MPV Features

The U321 MPV will offer a host of features. Apart from a touchscreen infotainment system, the MPV will come with automatic climate control. Higher variants will get leather upholstery, steering mounted controls, reverse parking camera, rear wiper with a washer to name a few. The MPV can get projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lamps. In terms of safety, the vehicle will get dual airbags with ABS as standard across the range.

  • Projector Headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Tail-lamps
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Rear Air-Con Vents
  • Multifunctional Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Mahindra U321 MPV Safety Features

In line with the safety regulation coming into effect from next year, the Mahindra new MPV is going to come with ABS with EBD as standard across the range. Along with this, right from the base variant onwards, the 7-seater is going to get dual-airbags. Top-spec versions can even get up to 6-airbags.

  • Dual Airbags
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)

Mahindra U321 MPV Competition

The Mahindra U321 MPVs main rivals will be the Tata Hexa and the Toyota Innova Crysta. The vehicle will also compete with the Renault Lodgy.

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