– Mahindra S201 SUV might be offered with 5 and 7-seats configurations.
– Its 5-seater version will take on Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
In May 2017, Maruti Suzuki pinned Mahindra & Mahindra and emerged as India’s largest utility vehicle maker. In fact, Tata Motors surpassed the home-grown carmaker as the third largest passenger vehicle company in November, 2017. Aiming to regain its lost position, Mahindra will introduce a brand new range of cars in coming years. The company has planned four new products for this fiscal year and two of them will go on sale by 2018 festive season – Mahindra S201 compact SUV and Rexton 7-seater SUV.
The Mahindra S201 (codename) SUV will come with two seating configurations – 5-seats and 7-seats. While the five-seater version will be the first one to go on sale, and the seven-seater model will come later. Rumour has that the new Mahindra S201 will use a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s good for 140bhp. If it happens, the S201 will become India’s most powerful compact SUV. The Mahindra S201 5-seater SUV will face challenge from the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. On the other hand, the 7-seater version won’t have any direct competition. Though, its pricing could make it an arch rival of the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass.
– Based on SsangYong’x X100 platform
– XUV500-inspired front grille
– Sculpted bonnet
– Sweptback headlamps
– LED daytime running lamps
– Fog lamps with chrome surround
– Integrated roof spoiler
– LED tail lamps
– Touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Climate control
– Leather upholstery
– Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
– Keyless entry
– Reversing camera
PS – The aforementioned feature list is speculative.
As of now, Mahindra hasn’t yet confirmed the launch date and details of the SUV. Talking to an online media publication, however, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra revealed that a new MPV and a compact SUV (S201) will be rolled out during 2018 festive season (i.e. around October or November). The SUV is in its final testing phase and likely to enter production soon. While the 5-seater version is confirmed to launch this year, the 7-seater model might hit showrooms sometime next year. Read – New Mahindra MPV Is Coming Soon; To Challenge Toyota Innova Crysta
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
In Mahindra’s Indian product lineup, the S201 compact SUV will sit between the NuvoSport and the Scorpio. As per the available reports, the SUV will feature a powerful engine along with a well-equipped cabin and new sporty design bits. These attributes will surely work in favour of Mahindra’s new compact SUV. As far as pricing is concerned, the Mahindra S201 price in India is expected to start from Rs 9 lakh for the entry-level petrol variant and the the top-spec diesel trim is estimated to be priced around Rs 13 lakh. If launched at this price point, the S201 5-seater SUV will give close fight to the segment leaders including Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Read – This Will Be Mahindra’s Most Expensive SUV In India
SsangYong and Pininfarina, the renowned Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, will help Mahindra to design the new SUV. The S201 will be based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli crossover. Most of the body panels and styling bits are expected to be carried over from the sister SUV. Though, the reports suggest that the entire exterior and interior design of the Mahindra compact SUV will be different from the Tivoli crossover.
The production ready version of the SUV has been spied multiple times during its test rounds giving us a fair idea about its exterior design and styling. The vehicle will get a newly styled grille at the front fascia. Elements such as a sculpted bonnet, sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps with chrome surround, new bumper and wide air intakes will further enhance its sporty appeal. There will be lot of creases and curves all around the body to give a sporty profile. The SUV will run on the double-spoke alloy wheels. Moving towards the rear, the SUV might feature an integrated roof spoiler with integrated stop lamp, LED tail lamps, rear fog lamps and aggressive bumper. Read – New Mahindra 7-Seater SUV Under Development
Interior of the new Mahindra SUV is likely to share most of its design bits and features with the Mahindra XUUV500. While the official details will be revealed near its unveiling or launch, it is likely to carry lots of comfort goodies. One of the key features of the SUV will be a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also support the navigation system. The touchscreen will also work as a display for the reverse parking camera.
For enhancing the comfort quotient, Mahindra might offer a multi-functional steering wheel, climate control, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and reversing camera on the SUV. The vehicle might also come with different customization options for upholstery. Check Out – Mahindra ROXOR Off-Roader Pictures & Details
|Engine||1.2L, 3-cyl, Turbo||1.5L mHawk100|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 6-speed AT||5-speed MT & AMT|
Mahindra & Mahindra hasn’t yet revealed the engine details of its new compact SUV. If media reports are to be believed, the SUV will come in both petrol and diesel engine options. Power for the petrol model is likely to come from a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that will also be used in the future Mahindra & SsangYong’s product. This gasoline motor will deliver an estimated power output of 140bhp. However, the exact figure will be revealed in near future. If the power figure will remain around 140bhp or more, the Mahindra S201 will become the most powerful compact SUV in the country. That means, it will be 30bhp and 20bhp more powerful than its arch rivals – Tata Nexon and New Ford EcoSport – respectively. Read – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
The S201 diesel variants, on the other hand, are likely to use the 1.5-litre mHawk 100 engine. It’s the same motor that does duty in the TUV300 compact SUV. This oil burner makes a top power of 100bhp, while producing a peak torque of 240Nm. There could be three transmissions on offer – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoSHIFT AMT gearbox.
In the compact SUV space, Mahindra’s upcoming S201 (5-seater) will face challenge from multiple cars such as Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Nissan’s upcoming Kicks compact SUV will also go up against the S201.
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The all-new Mahindra S201 SUV will be introduced with two seating layouts – 5-seats and 7-seats. The 5-seater version of the SUV might use a 140bhp, 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. If it happens, the S201 will become India’s most powerful compact SUV.