Mahindra will be launching its new MPV during the initial weeks of 2018. Codenamed as U321, the vehicle has been spotted testing on Indian roads multiple times now. One of the spy images can be seen here, courtesy Autocar India. The Mahindra U321 should be offered for the Indian car market in seven and eight seat options. The car has been built on a monocoque platform and it will be highly different from the Mahindra Xylo in terms of visuals. The Mahindra U321 will come powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine that has been developed with Ssangyong. The mFalcon mill will reportedly churn out 130 hp of power. The design of the Mahindra U321 MPV has almost been revealed in the spy shots. The vehicle gets the company's signature seven-slat grille at the front that you must have seen recently on the Scorpio 2017 facelift. The Mahindra U321 will offer LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) along with projector headlamps that should offer a decent illumination at nights. On the rear, one can see the high set tail lamps that look decent.
The cabin of the Mahindra U321 MPV will feature a large touchscreen infotainment system and it is likely to be the same unit from the XUV500. The spy images reveal that the vehicle will come with an automatic climate control system. Air conditioning vents for all three rows are also likely. The second row will reportedly come with captain seats that will be offered as optional. The interiors will be all-black with a touch of chrome detailing.
The Mahindra U321 MPV is expected to be launched in India at a price close to Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom). Having said that, the vehicle will challenge the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta in the upper bracket while competition will come from Maruti Ertiga from the lower spot. It will be interesting to see if the popular Toyota Innova remains at the top or the upcoming Mahindra eats considerably into its market share.
Image Source: Autocar India