Mahindra's all-new MPV has been spied yet again on the Indian roads near a toll booth on the Ulunderpet expressway (Chennai) as test mule by a Team-BHP reader. Going to lock horns with the Toyota Innova Crysta, it would be the first Mahindra product to be developed by the home-grown automaker's North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. It is still not known whether the all-new MPV would be based on a monocoque platform with a front-wheel-drive system or on a ladder-frame architecture.
As one can notice, the test mule is heavily camouflaged so that no detail regarding the exterior styling is revealed. Though, the large headlamps, which are expected to feature prjector lights and chrome treatment, can be seen. The clamshell bonnet seems to be on the lines of the company's flagship vehicle, the XUV500. The overall styling of the all-new looks familiar to Mahindra's design language, albeit a bit contemporary. In all likelihood, Mahindra would offer the all-new MPV in both 7-seater as well as 8-seater configurations. In addition, besides the private owners, the company might avail it to the fleet taxi segment to accentuate the sales. It is believed to be launching next year in India, and some of the company's export markets.
Mechanically, the new Mahindra MPV would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The diesel variants are said to be using either the mHawk engine or an all-new engine developed in co-operation with its South-Korean brand SsangYong. As for petrol variants, they would be powered by an all-new 1.5L 4-cylinder engine which is under development and expected to unveil by the end of 2016. The company has already stated that it would have petrol variants of its entire vehicle portfolio in India, including Scorpio, Bolero and XUV500. Currently, the only Mahindra with petrol variants is the KUV100, which comes with the newly-developed 1.2L 3-cylinder mFalcon engine. The company is also working on a 2.0L petrol motor which, reportedly, would power the likes of Scorpio and XUV500.
Note: Banner image features Mahindra XUV Aero Concept and it is just for representative purposes.