After the first set of spy shots of purported Mahindra MPV hit online last week, a new batch of pictures of the MPV under camouflage has been snapped on the outskirts of Chennai. While the first set of images were blurred, the new shots are clear and hence give better idea about the silhouette of the MPV.
The new pictures of Motor Vikatan indicate the MPV with touted production name TUV500 is long, wide and taller than the Xylo MPV. The MPV project is reportedly the first offering of Mahindra's North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. The face will come with vertical chrome slats at the grille area which is in line with the new Scorpio. The pictures indicate the MPV will have chunky front and rear bumpers. The test mules also feature sloping windshield and bonnet, and short overhangs. The increased proportions are expected to free up more leg room and interior space.
The new MPV will be pitted against the Toyota Innova Crysta. Hence, the vehicle will be premium in terms of features as well as pricing. Rumour has it that the new MPV will underpin an all-new platform and would come with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine under the hood. There is also possibility of adding downsized 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine. It has been reported that Mahindra is working on a number of petrol engines for its future vehicles. Among them, a 1.8-litre petrol unit may power the new MPV. The launch Mahindra MPV is expected in the second half of 2017.