The Mahindra U321 MPV has been testing across India for almost a year now. A replacement for the ageing Mahindra Xylo, this new MPV will go head-to-head against the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Tata Hexa. Developed at the Mahindra North America Technical Center in Troy, US, the Mahindra U321 MPV is expected to be conservatively styled, while being detailed with Mahindra’s signature styling cues like the toothy grille, up-swept projector headlamp clusters, tall tail lamps and subtle chrome trimming all around. The all-new interiors will in all probability seat seven and get a host of new comfort and convenience features.
This test mule was spied on test by a Motoroids reader. Still under development, this new Mahindra MPV will be based on a monocoque platform, in contrast to the ladder-frame setup which underpins the Crysta. The vehicle is slated for launch within the current financial year.
Power for this XUV500 based MPV could come from the 2.2-litre m-Hawk diesel engine rated at 140 bhp and 330 Nm of torque. While the 1.99-litre m-Hawk diesel engine, good for 140 bhp and 320 Nm could be employed alongside for regions where displacement restrictions are in place. Both front and all-wheel drive systems are expected, with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions transferring power.