The upcoming Mahindra MPV codenamed U321 has been spotted testing close to where Mahindra's vehicle development centre - Mahindra Research Valley - is situated.
A replacement for the Mahindra Xylo, the new Mahindra MPV will compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta. The new Mahindra MPV is still under development and is expected to be launched in India in 2018.
As per images from IAB, the heavily camouflaged Mahindra MPV seems to be bigger than the company's Mahindra Xylo and is expected to feature a seven-seater or an eight-seater layout. The Mahindra U321 MPV is employing numerous substitute parts which mean it is still a long way before the MPV goes into production.
Few exterior bits look production-ready such as the double barrel projector headlamps with LED daytime running, the taillamps as well as the rear windshield wiper.
Also from the profile, the U321 gets the appearance of a conventional MPV as opposed its rival Toyota Innova Crysta, which has an SUV-ish design to it. This could mean utility and practicality are the key characters of building this new MPV.
The Mahindra MPV is said to be developed on an all-new platform and will use a monocoque chassis, which makes it the third model in the company's portfolio to do so after the KUV100 and XUV500.
Mahindra is expected to power the MPV with its 2.2-litre mHawk engine. Also, the company is working on a new 1.5-litre diesel motor for the XUV500, and this could power the MPV as well.
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