Mahindra U301 shows off its production-spec headlamps: Spied

Touted to be a modernized, funkier and compact version of top selling Bolero, Mahindra U301 is inching closer to its launch. The sub-4 metre ladder-frame UV, from the looks of it, dons a design which can be described as an evolution of Bolero.

2016 Mahindra U301 production ready test mule

Retaining its ancestor’s boxy stance, U301’s front fascia is adorned by a large grille with honeycomb meshing and vertical slats, wraparound headlamps which seems to have a slight resemblance to those of new Range Rover (kinks on the edges) and a generously proportioned secondary air dam.

A near flat roofline and vertical rear fascia should result in good passenger head room and luggage space respectively. Previous spyshots revealed that interior of U301 features a modern design and more importantly, an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).

Mahindra U301 mini Bolero headlamp spied

Underpinned by a chopped version of new Scorpio’s hydroformed ladder frame chassis, the soon-to-be-launched mini SUV would derive its power from an improved version of Quanto’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder mCR100 diesel engine.

In its existing state of tune, the twin-stage turbocharged motor produces a respectable 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque. Transmission options will include 5-speed manual or AMT. It remains to be seen if Mahindra will offer only rear-wheel drive variants due to cost reasons or also include a top-end 4×4 variant.

Mahindra U301 production ready grille

Launch would happen in the coming months. The SUV will be positioned alongside Quanto (undergoing a facelift) as a more rugged alternative.

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