The rear seats of the Mahindra U321 has been spied for the first time. The pictures depict that the second row has just adequate space. The rear AC vents are mounted on the roof. There is no centre armrest. The floor console gets storage spaces like cup holders and space for keeping mobile phones. The third row is a bit cramped in terms of knee room. It is best suited for children. Two adults can squeeze in, though. The second and third row, both get 60:40 split seats, to make it more convenient and flexible for stowing luggage.
This new MPV will be launched in the market soon. It is expected to come by August. This is an all new product for which the company has just invested close to INR 1500 crores. Codenamed U321, this new MPV will be manufactured in Nasik. This is a replacement for the Xylo, but a more premium one. The U321 is based on a new platform. This is different from the Xylo. The Mahindra U321 is a seven-seater MPV. This will not compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta or the Tata Hexa. It will create a sub-segment of its own, which will be higher than the Ertiga and lower than the Innova.
The Xylo will not be able to meet the crash test norms, hence, Mahindra will be discontinuing it. The TUV300 Plus. will also be launched and this will be an SUV, which will also replace the Xylo. This will be based on the TUV platform and will be longer. It is likely to be a 9-seater SUV and it will be made for commercial and rural purposes majorly. The company is also working on this new MUV also, which will go head on against the Innova Crysta. Mahindra is also working on the S201, which will be the compact SUV on the Ssangyong Tivoli platform.
Mahindra U321 Interior
The Mahindra U321 will come with 6 seats and 7 seats options. The interiors are all new with features like a touchscreen audio on the top end variant. The dashboard gets piano black finish in abundance. It will also have a good number of storage spaces for knick-knacks etc. There is a large screen in the instrument cluster for driver information. It will also get steering mounted controls.
The rear AC is mounted of the roof. The space in the second row is adequate, but not the best. The front seats have a recessed back to increase knee room. The second row gets 60:40 split seats which can be folded. Even the third row gets the same split. The third row can take in three adults but with some difficulty. Children will be at ease in the third row. This MPV is not as spacious as the Xylo.
Mahindra U321 Price in India
|Minimum Price||INR 9 lakhs|
|Maximum Price||INR 15 lakhs|
The U321 will try to fill in the void left by the previous generation Innova. This should be priced somewhere in the price range of INR 9 lakhs to INR 14 lakhs (on-road). This is of course a predicted pricing.
Mahindra U321 Launch Date
We expect this new MUV to come to India by mid 2018. The exact launch dates are not yet announced. Mahindra will first launch the XUV500 facelift on 18th April. The U321 is built on an all new platform. Mahindra will want this MUV to become a success. This is a good opportunity for Mahindra as this MPV will not have any direct rival. This is a vacuum created by Innova and the U321 is expected to fill that.
Mahindra U321 Design
The Mahindra U321 looks like a typical MPV. It is based on a monocoque chassis, hence it will be light. The design is somewhat similar to the old Innova. However, the vehicle may get some styling cues to make it look appealing like an SUV. It will have Projector headlamps on the top variant. The bonnet will be a short one. Mahindra has deliberately kept the design like an MPV to maximize on internal space.It will get LED taillamps.
This new UV has been spotted on test many times. Now, Mahindra hasn’t announced anything about this product, but it looks like this will be priced in the old Innova price range. At the moment, there is nothing in that price range and there is a major gap that needs to be filled up. So,we reckon the Mahindra U321 shall be an exciting product that can meet the product demand.
Mahindra U321 Specifications
This new MPV will be offered with a 1.99-litre diesel engine. This one should churn about 120bhp. The current Mahindra 1.5-litre diesel might just be a tad smaller and a bit underpowered. The diesel engine shall be offered with a five-speed manual transmission. This engine will be churning about 120bhp of power and will be the mHawk120. This is the downsized engine of the current 2.2-litre engine and this was made as it was resized for the Delhi diesel ban. The Mahindra U321 will be an all new MUV. This was the same engine that was offered in the Scorpio also on the diesel car ban in NCR.
Also Read Mahindra TUV 300plus Details