Mahindra continues testing the Mahindra Xylo successor.
M&M is aggressively testing the Mahindra U321 ahead of its introduction this fiscal. IAB reader Ajay has spotted a Mahindra U321 test mule doing the rounds in Nashik last week.
The Mahindra U321 is the next big launch from Mahindra. Designed by and large by the team at the Mahindra North American Technology Center (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan, the Mahindra U321 has been shipped to the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai for testing and development. While some automakers have started giving MPVs a crossover look, Mahindra has apparently designed the U321 with proportions that clearly define it as a minivan.
The Mahindra U321 is said to have a monocoque construction, but it is unknown whether it rides on Mahindra XUV500's platform or a completely new one. A report stated in April that a Mahindra-SsangYong co-developed 1.6-litre diesel engine will power the MPV. With plans to have a petrol engine across the range and realise export ambitions for the product, the 1.5-litre petrol engine currently under joint development by Mahindra and SsangYong will be an option.
The Mahindra U321 will compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta in India, and its production will take place in Nashik, Maharashtra. Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, has confirmed that the Mahindra U321’s launch will take place by February 2018.