Mahindra has been testing an all-new MPV for the past few days on the Indian roads, which is said to be rivalling the segment-leader Toyota Innova Crysta, Honda Mobilio and Renault Lodgy. It is expected to be launched in the country by mid 2017, while the exports would commence at a later stage. Just to add to your knowledge, Mahindra has confirmed the introduction of an all-new SUV, which would be based on SsangYong's X100 platform.
It is being learnt that the all-new has been developed at Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. Though, the test mule was highly camouflaged but one can clearly notice the signature Mahindra toothed grille and large headlamps. The exterior styling is believed to be different from the current crop of Mahindra products. It might be underpinning a monocoque platform, which is designed for front-wheel drive system. The company, in all likelihood, would offer the MPV in both the 7-seater and 8-seater modes. Besides private buyers, Mahindra might also tempt the fleet taxi owners with the new MPV in the country, just like Innova Crysta and Lodgy.
Mechanically, the all-new MPV could be available in both the petrol and diesel variants. Mahindra could offer the mHawk diesel engine, sourced from the Scorpio SUV. However, the possibilities of introduction of the newly-developed diesel engine, which is being co-developed with SsangYong, cannot be ignored. The petrol variants could debut the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, which is currently under development and could be unveiled later this year. All the variants would come with manual gearbox as standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission could be introduced later on. It could be priced in a range of Rs. 9-14 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
Source - Motor Vikatan