India's largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra is gearing up to launch not one, but two new vehicles for the Indian market. The details were confirmed to us today at a press conference held by Mahindra.
The first vehicle would be an MPV, codenamed the ‘U231' — a competitor to the Toyota Innova Crysta. The prototype has been spied testing on several occasions, and has also been caught testing alongside the Innova.
Although there are names floating around already for the upcoming MPV, some calling it the TUV500, Mahindra has not confirmed the name yet, but the carmaker has confirmed that the MPV will be launched during the second half of 2017.
In terms of power, the Mahindra MPV could be powered by the same diesel engine that does its duty on the Xylo, or even the Scorpio. There is a high possibility that the upcoming Mahindra MPV could be sold with a diesel engine only.
The spy pictures that were snapped, reveal the overall design of the vehicle, which features short front and rear overhangs. The cabin looks spacious enough to accommodate tall people, and if Mahindra is to follow the Xylo's cabin design, there will be enough space to accommodate adults comfortably in the last row.
Now, coming to the second vehicle, which is planned to be a compact SUV based on the Ssangyong Tivoli's platform. Again, not much details were revealed, but one can expect the SUV to compete directly with the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster.
Engine options again could be a choice between a petrol and a diesel, probably re-tuned versions of the KUV100, or the same one that powers the Nuvo Sport. The Tivoli based SUV will make it to the Indian market in 2018.