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Mahindra MPV spotted testing in Chennai

It is the first time that this MPV has been caught on camera. Owing to its size and road stance, speculations suggest that Mahindra might position it against the Toyota Innova Crysta. The Crysta has been selling exceptionally well, despite the fact that it is currently not on sale in the high-volume Delhi-NCR market due to the diesel car ban. This has prompted various other automakers to introduce their offerings in the segment. Thus, the spotted vehicle might be Mahindra’s take on the full-size 7-seater MPV segment.

Mahindra could price this vehicle between Rs 8-12 lakh, ex-showroom. Although still unclear how far from production this car is, it is expected to launch sometime next year.

The Mahindra’s main focus for this seven-seater is space, and is looking to take on the Renault Lodgy. This new MPV will use an all new monocoque chassis, and will be based on the XUV500 platform. Judging by the uncertainty of the entire diesel ban situation in the country, Mahindra might skip the 2.2-litre mHawk engine and launch the MPV with the the 1.99-litre engine instead, in a front wheel drive format. This engine, in the XUV500, makes 140PS of power and 320Nm of torque and can be optioned with either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. However, a petrol engine seems unlikely at this point.


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