The Mahindra S201 will get a new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine on which Mahindra and SsangYong are working jointly.
Seeing the growing demand for SUVs, Mahindra & Mahindra is now planning to launch a range of new SUVs in the Indian market in the next 2 years. The company will launch a seven-seater premium SUV – Codenamed Y400 – towards the end of this year. Interestingly, the homegrown UV maker is also working on a compact SUV, which will be designed on the SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the SsangYong Tivoli, which was showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo.’ Codenamed Mahindra S201, the compact SUV has already been spotted several times during its test rounds on the outskirts of Chennai.
Going by the spyshots available on web, the S201 compact SUV looks like an early prototype model. However, the media reports suggest that the compact SUV will have different styling. The Pune-based automaker is currently in a process to buy the licensing rights for the SsangYong’x X100 platform. As a reminder, Mahindra owns Ssangyong but the UV maker will have to go ahead of the independent directors due to the related-party transaction. Despite sharing the platform, the overall exterior and interior design of the Mahindra compact SUV will be entirely different from the Tivoli SUV. Read: Mahindra Y400 7-Seater Premium SUV In The Works
SsangYong and Pininfarina, which is a famous Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, will help the company to design this SUV. The compact SUV is likely to be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine, which will be co-developed by Mahindra & SsangYong. Likely to be ready by 2018, the new petrol engine will power products of both brands. The oil burner is likely to be the same mHawk 100 unit that also powers the Mahindra TUV300 and NuvoSport. Expected to make its global debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, the new compact SUV might go on sale in late 2018.
Besides the Mahindra S201, the company is also working on a new U321 MPV and a new flagship model based on the XUV500 Aero concept. Interestingly, a long-wheelbase version of the TUV300 – codenamed U302 – is also in the works. This SUV has already been spotted several times during its test rounds on Indian roads. The carmaker will also bring in the petrol versions of Scorpio and XUV500.
Though Mahindra is yet to make an official announcement on the launch of this compact SUV, but media reports suggest that the S201 could be launched by late 2018. An early prototype of the SUV could make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
The new Mahindra compact SUV will be positioned between the NuvoSport and the Scorpio. Set to rival Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta, the new S201 is expected to be priced within the range of Rs 9 lakh to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom).
|Engine||1.5L TGDI||1.5L mHawk100|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 6-speed AT||5-speed MT & AMT|
The sub-4 metre compact SUV will come in petrol and diesel guise. The petrol version will be powered by a 1.5-litre TGDI unit that will also power the future Mahindra & SsangYong’s product. This engine is expected to produce around 100bhp of power and 140Nm of torque; however, exact details will be revealed in near future. On the other hand, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre mHawk 100 unit that also powers the TUV300 and NuvoSport. This powertrain is good for 100bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoSHIFT automated manual transmission.
Like we mentioned before, the S201 will use the SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. Most of the body panels are expected to be shared with the sister SUV; however, reports suggest that the SUV could get a completely different design. Spyshots suggest that the car will get a newly styled grille, which is likely to be different from the one available in XUV500. Talking about design highlights, the SUV could get a sculpted bonnet, sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps with chrome surround, new bumper and wide air intakes. The rear could get integrated roof spoiler, LED tail lamps and aggressive bumper. There will be lot of creases and curves all around the body to give a sporty profile.
The cabin of the SUV is likely to share most of its design and features from the Mahindra XUV500. The company could also offer different customisation options for upholstery. It will have feature rich cabin, which will be equipped with several high-end equipment. For entertainment and connectivity, the SUV could get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and navigation. It will also work as a display for the reverse parking camera. Other features include multi-functional steering wheel, climate control, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, reversing camera, etc.