Mahindra S101 Compact SUV is expected to be offered within the price range of Rs. 4 lakh – Rs. 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). If launched at this price, it will become the most affordable SUV in the country.
The Mahindra S101 Mini SUV will be positioned below the new Quanto/Canto and U301 compact SUV, and face competition from cars like Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Renault Kwid (top-end model) and Ford EcoSport.
Mahindra & Mahindra will announce the official name of its upcoming compact SUV – S101 (codenamed) – on 18th December, 2015. This mini SUV is expected to launch in India in the third week of January 2016. To be positioned below the new Quanto/Canto and U301 compact SUV, the Mahindra S101 will rival the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Renault Kwid (top-end model), Ford EcoSport and upcoming Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.
The latest spyshots reveal the plastic wheel arches, prominent bonnet, alloy wheels, projector headlamps and Chevrolet Beat-inspired door handles of the vehicle. The car also gets a black theme in the lower portion of the bumper, and contrasting silver chrome at the rear. Inside the cabin, the Mahindra’s mini SUV gets an infotainment system with a small display, centre console with integrated rectangular air-conditioner vents and piano back accent, and silver and piano black appliqués on the door panels. With 6-seats (3+3) configuration, the mini SUV will offer generous cabin space for the front bench seat passengers.
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The Mahindra’s new mini SUV will be launched in the country in the third week of January 2016. Earlier it was rumored to launch by the end of this calendar year. Though, with an aim to meet the increasing demand of the Mahindra TUV300, the company has postponed the mini SUV’s launch to early next year.
Mahindra might offer the S101 compact SUV within the price bracket of Rs. 4 lakh (for the base variant) – Rs. 6.5 lakh (for the top-model). If launched in this price range, it will become the most affordable SUV in India.
The S101 mini SUV will be Mahindra’s second product to be based on an all-new monocoque platform. The vehicle features a cab-forward design, and shares some of its styling cues with the XUV 500. The car’s front fascia looks very aggressive with elements like a wide grille with vertical slats and projector headlamps. The vehicle is equipped with the 15-inch wheels and 185/65 R15 tubeless tyres. The rear door handles seem to derive its design inspiration from the Chevrolet Beat. The vehicle also gets outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs), rear windscreen, license plate, mounted turn lights, plastic wheel arches, a roof rails, a rear wiper and washer, rear spoiler, black theme in the lower portion of the bumper and contrasting silver chrome at the rear end.
Interior & Features
Inside the cabin, the Mahindra S101 gets all-new interior design with contemporary dashboard with piano black treatment, leather upholstery, and silver accents on steering wheel, centre console and instrument binnacle. There will be an audio system and chrome accented vertically stacked knobs and gear lever on the centre console and high-mounted AC vents. Unlike the XUV500, the S101 will get a speedometer dial on the right side.
This mini SUV will come with 3 + 3 seating configuration and front bench seats. With a long wheelbase, it will offer an ample space to accommodate six adult passengers. As far as features are concerned, the S101 will be equipped with an infotainment system, a small touchsreen display, a multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and ESP (electronic stability program).
Engine Specs & Transmission
The Mahindra’s mini SUV will be made available with an all-new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. These powertrains have been developed with joint efforts of Mahindra and Ssangyong. Power will be delivered to the wheels via a 5-speed manual and an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox. The 2WD (two-wheel drive) system will come as standard feature.
As there is no clarity about the engine, it would be so earlier to comment on its mileage. But, if the compact SUV gets the new 1.2-litre engine, we expect it to return fuel efficiency over 20kmpl.