The development of the MPV must be in its nascent stages, as the testing happened near the Mahindra Research Valley, where early research, development and testing of Mahindra vehicles are carried out.

 The build is similar to the Toyota Innova Crysta with a likely development out of a monocoque chassis. The lengthy rear overhang is clearly intended to improve upon the interior space and accommodate more passengers in the third row to make an 8-seater MPV.

The rear profile also looks compact unlike the front and the rear profiles, due to the sloping of the roof near the C-pillar. Contrastingly, the front fascia looks pretty snubbed with a shorter hood and a sloping windshield creating an aerodynamic design effect.

The bold front bumpers make the cluster look denser and more aggressive than in the Toyota Innova Crysta. It probably has to do with the accommodation of the fog lamps, which looks subtle in the Crysta.

The front also sports a split double air-intake below the grille. From the side profile, the Innova Crysta looks plain, sleek, subtle and stylish, while the Mahindra MPV looks more detailed, aggressive, casual, trendy, sporty and a little funky. Mahindra’s version also looks taller than the Crysta.

Even the ORVMs look very prominent, while the rear passenger window is made smaller than the driver window, due to its sloping roof. This is the first MPV to come out of the Mahindra’s North American Technical Center, in Troy, Michigan.

Plenty of safety, comfort and premium features may also be expected in the new MPV. The engine will be based on Mahindra’s mHawk family of engines with the 1.99-litre diesel engine for hassle-free sales in Delhi-NCR and Kerala, where displacement higher than 2.0-litre in diesel powertrains is banned.

 This is the opportunity that the Toyota Innova Crysta missed out, which Mahindra looks forward to capitalize on. Later additions might be a petrol mill from the “mFalcon” family, which features in the KUV100.


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