As reported earlier, Mahindra and Mahindra is currently working on a new MPV, codenamed U321/S321. Some images by Motoroctane.com reveal that the upcoming MPV is expected to get projector headlamps and alloy wheels, despite being completely camouflaged. These features are expected to be equipped on top versions of the MPV. The Mahindra U321/S321 is expected to be based on the SsangYong Tivoli's monocoque platform that has been developed by Mahindra’s North American Technical Center (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. This platform is made of single shell and light weight material that improves the performance and fuel-efficiency of the vehicle.
The higher variants of the Mahindra U321/S321 will also boast of features such as LED tail lamps, DRL's (Daytime Running Lamps), fog lamps and a rear wiper. The interior details are not known yet, but we expect the cabin to get a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, 6-seat or 7-seat options and many utility spaces.
Mahindra U321 frontThe Mahindra U321/S321 is likely to be powered by a 1.99 litre diesel engine with around 120 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The higher variants will get a 2.2 litre m-Hawk unit that develops 120 hp and 330 Nm of torque. The car manufacturer is also working on a new 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel unit that is being developed with SsangYong. There is also a possibility that Mahindra might launch the MPV with a new diesel engine along with a new 1.5 litre and a 2.0 litre petrol unit. The engines are expected to be mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, while some variants could get an automatic transmission and a 4WD (Four-wheel drive) option.
With the expected range of engines, the vehicle would slot in between the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta. Since it won't compete directly with either of these vehicles, it will create a sub-segment for itself. This will allow the new Mahindra UV to fill the void created by the Toyota Innova's absence as there aren't many options to choose from in the price range of Rs 9 to 13 lakh. The new MPV has been developed at Mahindra's Vehicle Development Centre, Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai. The production of the car is expected to begin at the company's Nashik plant in Maharashtra soon.
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