Mahindra is gearing up to launch a premium MPV in India. Codenamed U321, it will compete against the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa. We tell you everything you need to know about the Mahindra MPV U321.
Mahindra and Mahindra is currently under works of launching an all-new MPV in the Indian car market. This MPV is codenamed as U321. According to recent media reports, the Mahindra MPV U321 is likely to launch in India this April. When launched, it will compete against the likes of Tata Hexa and with the current segment leader, the Toyota Innova Crysta. The U321 is designed and developed by Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA). The MPV will get car-like driving dynamics as it is based on a monocoque chassis. Not only this, Mahindra will introduce a new 1.6-litre mFalcon diesel engine with the U321. This motor is jointly developed by Mahindra and SsangYong. Mahindra believes that this product will help it regain its dominance in the MPV segment.
Mahindra MPV U321 Price In India
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.
Mahindra MPV U321 Launch Date
The Mahindra U321 MPV will launch in India this April. 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.
Mahindra MPV U321 Engine Specifications
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 MPV U321 Mileage
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 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 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.
Mahindra MPV U321 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.
Mahindra MPV U321 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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