Mahindra is working on creating a new strike force which will take to our roads in the not so distant future. The homegrown stalwart, in order to overcome growing competition, will launch 4 new products at the end of this year, which will include facelifts for its popular cars and a new launch. This includes facelifts for its Scorpio, XUV 500 and KUV 100 and the big ticket launch of its U321 MPV.
The U321, will be a modern MPV and is expected to come with a long equipment list. The Scorpio and XUV 500,which have seen a sharp dip in sales for the past couple of years, will come in a refreshed form along with the KUV100, has seen many ups and downs since its launch, and only a face lift could help to boost its appeal.
On the other hand, the Scorpio and XUV500 may get an increase in power, with the former gaining 20 BHP to overall make it 140 BHP and the latter 30 BHP for an overall 170 BHP. Both will be powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk unit, which is by means feeling its age now.
The U321, a premium MPV, is being developed by Mahindra North American Technical center in association with Pinnfarina, is slated for a big-ticket launch later this-year and compete with the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Tata Hexa.
The move of facelifting its flagship models to cement its place as the country’s leading Utility Maker is good one considering that SUV’s are a trend these times. It remains to be seen when the U321 can give Mahindra a foothold in a segment that has eluded them for almost a decade.
Apart from the above 4 models, the company is also working on a SsangYong Tivoli based SUV codenamed ‘S201’ which is likely to be offered in both 5- and 7-seat configurations, and a larger version of the TUV 300 codenamed ‘U108’ rumored to be called as the ‘TUV500’. Both of these vehicles are planned to its debut in 2018-19.
(NOTE: The above pictures are computer-generated by our rendering artist Mohammed Afraz in Photoshop, for representation purpose only. The actual model will differ from the cars shown here.)
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