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New Mahindra MPV (U321) launch details revealed. The new Mahindra MPV is the successor to the discontinued Mahindra Xylo. The U321 will also be Mahindra's first model to feature a monocoque chassis. The soon-to-be-discontinued Mahindra Verito has also got a monocoque chassis, but it is based on the Renault Logan.
Numerous spy pics of the Mahindra U321 MPV have emerged over the last few months. Now more details regarding the launch have been revealed.
ET Auto has shared that the upcoming Mahindra MPV will be launched this festive season (August to November). Unlike the Mahindra Xylo, the U321 will offer premium features and a new engine.
Some of these features will be borrowed from the newly-launched XUV500.
From the spy shots, it is evident that the Mahindra MPV will have headlamps with projectors and LED DRLs. The MPV rides on what appears to be a set of 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
The interiors in the top trim should feature a large touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto. Push-Button Start and leather seats can also be expected.
The U321 will come in both seven-seater and eight-seater configurations. For the same reason, Mahindra will be aiming their new MPV for private, as well as taxi use. Like most Mahindra models, a wide range of variants will be on offer.
The upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV will be powered by a new 1.6-litre mFalcon diesel engine which makes 125bhp and 305Nm of torque. There will also be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine which can make around 163bhp. Both these engines are expected to come mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
Coming to the safety department, the Mahindra MPV will be offering ABS+EBD+BA and airbags as standard across all variants. Being a monocoque chassis, the U321 will ride with less roll and more stability.
The U321 will also be a global model for Mahindra. It will be the first MPV to be developed in Mahindra's North American facility in Troy, Michigan.
With the new Maruti Ertiga already in the launch-timeline, the MPV market is expected to witness stiff competition. Although the Ertiga and U321 will not be direct rivals, the pricing of the Mahindra MPV is expected to creep into that of the Maruti.
Thoughts On The Upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV
The new Mahindra MPV, codenamed U321, is expected to be a premium offering compared to the Xylo. The MPV will be in line with the latest Mahindra models in terms of design, features, technology and engineering. If Mahindra prices the U321 MPV competitively, it might affect the sales of the Toyota Innova. What do you think of the Mahindra U321?