Mahindra U321 MPV launch expected in the first week of September…
Upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV has been caught testing again. The latest spy pics were shared in a story published by Car&Bike. The vehicle is highly camouflaged but, a lot of details of the car are clearly visible. Additionally, there are speculations that the car will be launched in the first week of September. Mahindra has many products in the pipeline including the SsangYong Tivoli based compact SUV and the new Rexton based SUV. This MPV is another weapon in Mahindra’s onslaught on the market. In terms of pricing, we can expect Mahindra to position U321 between Ertiga’s top end and Innova’s lower variants.
Mahindra U321 features
When we look at different spy pics, some very interesting things can be noticed:
- The car has a chrome toothed front grill very similar to the New Scorpio
- The headlights will feature a projector headlamp unit
- It will also feature LED DRL’s enclosed in the fog lamp units
- The car appears to have a long wheelbase and its design is pretty attractive
- It has vertically stacked tail lamps and a bigger tailgate
- A high mounted LED brake light can also be seen
- The ORVM’s appear to be fairly large and should also get turn-indicators on them
All these features will make it a premium offering from Mahindra. The front of the car is very XUV like and it is supposed to be built on the same monocoque platform. It is also speculated that the car will feature a 1.6L turbo diesel engine, co-developed with SsangYong. This motor is supposed to develop 135 BHP power and 305 Nm torque. The car is also expected to have a petrol variant, which seems logical as the market is again moving towards them. We can expect auto variants to be available as well.
On the inside, we can expect the car to be nicely kitted with features like touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control etc. on the lines of other recent offerings from Mahindra. Additionally, if we look at the above spy pic, the dashboard appears to have an all-new design. The colour theme on the car will be dual tone to give it a plush feel. Also, we can see a piano black insert dividing the top and bottom of the dash, a neat touch. The car is also expected to get a 7 and an 8 seat configuration.
Mahindra has been one of the top players in the SUV segment but has not tasted the same success in the MPV space. While Xylo is still there in the market, the numbers in which it sells is quite less as compared to the segment leader, the Toyota Innova. Mahindra decided to develop to U321 to make its mark in this segment and has been testing it for quite some time now. If all the speculations turn out to be true and Mahindra price this car well, they will have a winner at hand.