Mahindra and Mahindra is planning to launch a new MPV, spied images of which have surfaced on the internet. The MPV is codenamed as U321 and is being developed at the Mahindra's Vehicle Development Centre- Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai. The new MPV will be based on a monocoque platform and new platform has developed by the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan.
According to images, Mahindra U321 will be regular MPV and will carry the same features as in Mahindra's product lineup. The new MPV gets some premium features such as projector headlamps with LED DRL's and windscreen with rear wiper, which hints that the vehicle could be positioned as a family mover and possibly replace Xylo, which could then be used for fleet services solely.
The U321 is expected to get engine options based on the XUV 500, a 1.99 litre and 2.2 litre m-Hawk engine. The 1.99 litre diesel engine delivers 140hp of power and 320Nm of torque, while the 2.2 litre engine produces 140 hp of power and 330 Nm of torque. It is expected that the new MPV U321 could also get the 2.2 litre diesel engine and 2.5 litre diesel engine found in the Xylo. Having said that, the U321 might get a new 1.5 litre petrol engine, that might compete with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga petrol. The engine might be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and will get 4WD or Front wheel drive configuration.
Mahindra and Mahindra is also investing Rs 1,500 crore in its Nasik and Igatpuri facility for development and manufacturing of the upcoming MPV. As of now there is no information from Mahindra but it is expected that the upcoming MPV U321 might be a replacement of the Xylo as well.