– Mahindra S201 SUV could be launched in India towards the end of this year.
– Mahindra’s new compact 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.
– It will be based on SsangYong Tivoli that was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo.
Mahindra & Mahindra is preparing a couple of new products for the Indian market. While the carmaker will introduce an all-new MPV to challenge Maruti Ertiga, it will foray into premium 7-seater SUV segment with the SsangYong Rexton (Mahindra Rexton in India). There will also be an SsangYong Tivoli hatchback based SUV which is currently doing final test rounds in the country. Codenamed Mahindra S201, this new SUV could be offered with 5 and 7-seats layout. While the former will take on the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza, the latter one won’t have any direct competition. Though, the pricing of the S201 7-seater version could make it an arch rival of the Hyundai Creta. Rumour has that the new Mahindra S201 will use a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine making power close to 140bhp. If it happens, the S201 will become India’s most powerful compact SUV.
– 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.
Mahindra hasn’t yet confirmed the launch date and details of the SUV. Reports in media suggest that the Mahindra S201 five-seater version will be first one to arrive in the market. It might see a release towards the end of this year. An early prototype of the SUV could be put up on display at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The biennial event will kick start on 7th February in Greater Noida. Read – New Mahindra MPV In The Works
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
In Mahindra’s Indian product lineup, this compact SUV will sit between the NuvoSport and the Scorpio. The new Mahindra S201 price in India is expected to start from Rs 9 lakh for the base variant, and go up to Rs 13 lakh for the top-end model. If launched at this price point, the S201 5-seater SUV will face challenge from multiple cars including Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. 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 designed on SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli hatchback. The Mumbai-based automaker is currently in a process to buy the licensing rights for the SsangYong’x X100 platform. 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.
Most of the body panels are expected to be carried over from the sister SUV. Though, the reports suggest that the SUV could get a completely different design. Spy pictures confirm that the face of the SUV will be adorned with a newly styled grille. It will also get a sculpted bonnet, sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps with chrome surround, new bumper and wide air intakes. Towards the rear, the SUV might sport an 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. Read – New Mahindra 7-Seater SUV Under Development
Interior design and features of the new Mahindra SUV are likely to be carried over from the Mahindra XUV500. Feature-wise, it is expected to be a loaded one. For entertainment and connectivity purpose, there could be a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and navigation system. It will also work as a display for the reverse parking camera. Other key features on offer might include a multi-functional steering wheel, climate control, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and reversing camera. The company could also offer different customisation options for upholstery. Read – Mahindra ROXOR Off-Roader Launch Details Confirmed
|Engine||1.5L, 3-cyl, Turbo||1.5L mHawk100|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 6-speed AT||5-speed MT & AMT|
Engine details of the new Mahindra SUV are still under the wraps. If media reports are to be believed, the carmaker will offer the vehicle with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version of the car could use a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, which will also be used in the future Mahindra & SsangYong’s product. This gasoline motor will deliver an estimated power worth 140bhp. However, the exact details 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.
On the other hand, the diesel engine could be carried over from the TUV300 compact SUV – i.e. 1.5-litre mHawk 100 unit. This oil burner pushes out a maximum power output of 100bhp, while yielding a peak torque of 240Nm. The SUV carline is likely to be offer with three transmission options – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoSHIFT AMT gearbox.
In the compact SUV space, the S201 (5-seater) will be positioned against the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. It will also take on the upcoming Nissan Kicks compact SUV.