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Upcoming Mahindra MPV (Innova Crysta rival) is developed in the US

The MPV is expected to be positioned above the XUV500.

The upcoming Mahindra MPV (Codenamed U321) which is being developed by automaker’s research and development centre in Troy, US, has been spotted testing in Chennai for the first time. The new product will lock horns with the Toyota Innova Crysta.

While Tata is in the process of converting their Aria premium MPV into a Hexa SUV owing to lack of response in the market, Mahindra is fancying the MPV segment.

Mahindra MPV spy shots (2)

However, the Innova Crysta’s exceptional sales performance proves that there is enough potential in the market for an upmarket people carrier. The prototype is fully camouflaged but the front fascia has a familiar Mahindra flavor to it.

The MPV prototype was reported to be accompanied by the new Innova Crysta, the new benchmark in the segment. The silhouette is typical of an MPV while the overall size appears to be pretty close to that its primary rival.

Toyota Innova Crysta 2016 GIIAS Indonesia (2)

Toyota Innova Crysta

Based on a new platform, the MPV’s development location strongly indicates that Mahindra has global aspirations for the product. Powertrain details are scarce as of now but if we were to hazard a guess, we would put our money on the new downsized 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine. There is also a very high chance that a petrol option will be offered right from the launch.

Also read – Mahindra Gio quadricycle spotted for the first time

We expect the Mahindra MPV to be launched sometime in 2017.

via Team-BHP

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Sagar Patel

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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