Mahindra and Mahindra, the popular Indian UV maker, has earmarked as much as INR 1,500 crores for development of new plants in Nasik and Igatpuri. The investment also covers the development of a new MPV that has been internally codenamed as U321. The upcoming MPV will go on to rival the Toyota Innova Crysta and should launch in the first-half of next year. There are good chances that it will make its public debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The U321 will find itself slotted above both the Xylo and the Scorpio, and alongside the XUV500 in the company’s product portfolio. Here, in this post, we have put together all the available details, along with a few spy images, of the new Mahindra U321 MPV.
Mahindra U321 MPV Launch Date and Spy Images
|Model||Launch Date (expected)|
|Mahindra MPV||H1, 2018|
There are very good chances that the upcoming Mahindra MPV will launch in the first-half of 2018. Prior to its market launch, the new model will make its public debut at the Auto Expo 2018. As per our sources, development of this new model began a few years back at Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan.
|Variant||Estimated Ex-Showroom Price|
|Minimum Price||INR 12.00 lakhs|
|Maximum Price||INR 16.00 lakhs|
Pricing of the upcoming Mahindra MPV could be somewhere in the Rs. 12-17 lakh range. Our guess is that the MPV will be priced below the Innova Crysta and in the same bracket at the new Tata Hexa.
Mahindra U321 MPV Spy Images
Mahindra U321 MPV Specifications
|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
The upcoming 8-seater Mahindra MPV will most probably borrow its engine from the XUV500. This means that powering the new U321 MPV will be a 2.2-litre Diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 140 bhp along with a peak torque of 330 Nm. It is likely to come mated to 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The new MPV will be the third model, after KUV100 and XUV500, to be built on a monocoque architecture.
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 in 2017. This new lineup of petrol engines will also find their way into future Mahindra products including the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV.