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