Mahindra & Mahindra has been developing a new Toyota Innova competing MPV silently but it seems the cover has been blown away as the new vehicle was spotted near Mahindra’s vehicle development center, The Mahindra research valley which is located in Chennai. This is the second time, Mahindra U321 has been spotted on the roads and in these spy shots the healthy dimensions are clearly evident.
The Mahindra U321 follows a conventional MPV-like stance and not of a butched up MPV like that of its competitor, the Toyota Innova. The front fascia showcases the trademark Mahindra grille with round projector headlamps and a double split radiator grille. The side profile shows off a van-like stance whereas the rear end starts protruding as one moves downward. The wraparound taillights, a standard windscreen with wiper concludes the look.
Mahindra U321 will be based upon an all new monocoque chassis which has been developed in Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. Thus the Mahindra will be much more composed at higher speeds and follow a similar riding dynamics as the XUV 500 which is also based upon a monocoque structure.
Engine on offer could be a 1.5 litre engine developed in tandem with Ssangyong whereas the 1.9 litre and 2.2 litre mHawk engine from Scorpio might be plonked in the new Mahindra. On the other hand, Mahindra might also be exporting this U321 to other markets and this means it might also feature a petrol engine option as well.
Once this Mahindra U321 MPV gets launched in India, it will rival against the newly launched Tata Hexa and Toyota Innova.