Mahindra & Mahindra recently confirmed that it will expand its Indian product portfolio with a range of new models. By the end of 2018, the home-grown carmaker will bring in three new cars including a compact SUV (S201), a premium SUV (Rexton/XUV700) and a MPV (Marazzo). While the Mahindra S201 and the Marazzo MPV are slated to hit showrooms before this festive season, the fully-fledged 7-seater SUV will make its way by the end of 2018. Besides this, the carmaker will introduce the new-generation model of the XUV500, Scorpio and Thar in coming years.
The Mahindra S201 (codename), which is reported to be christened Mahindra XUV300, will be a five-seater SUV that will put up against the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. It will Mahindra’s first car to use SsangYong’s X100 platform. At a later stage, the carmaker will also introduce a 7-seater version of the S201 that won’t have any direct competition in India. Though, its pricing could make it an arch rival of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur/Duster.
Mahindra S201 Key Features
– 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 Read: Mahindra S201 – 6 Things You Should Know
PS – The aforementioned feature list is speculative.
Mahindra S201 Expected Launch
Mahindra & Mahindra announced that its two all-new models are ready to hit roads. One of them will be a subcompact SUV, which is currently in its final testing phase. While the carmaker hasn’t yet revealed the official name of the vehicle, it is reported to be called Mahindra XUV300. The new Mahindra compact SUV will see a release before 2018 festive season. The 7-seater version of the SUV is expected to launch sometime next year.
Mahindra S201 Price in India
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
In Mahindra’s Indian product lineup, the S201 compact SUV will sandwich 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 top-spec diesel trim is estimated to be priced around Rs 13 lakh. If launched in this price range, the Mahindra S201 5-seater SUV will take head-to-head against the segment leaders including Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. Read – This Will Be Mahindra’s Most Expensive SUV In India
Mahindra S201 Exterior
SsangYong and Pininfarina, the renowned Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, is helping Mahindra to design the new compact SUV. As mentioned above, the Mahindra S201 will be based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform that will make it first car to feature the new architecture. 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 LED 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 giving a sporty side profile. The SUV will run on the double-spoke, diamond cut alloy wheels. Moving towards the rear, the SUV will feature an integrated roof spoiler with integrated stop lamp, newly-designed LED tail lamps, rear fog lamps and aggressive bumper. Read – New Mahindra 7-Seater SUV To Challenge Toyota Fortuner
Mahindra S201 Interior
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. Check Out – Mahindra ROXOR Off-Roader Pictures & Details
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. The vehicle might also come with different customization options for upholstery. Rumor has it that Mahindra might offer a sunroof as standard on its new subcompact SUV. For safety purpose, the SUV is likely to get dual airbags and ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) as standard. The higher trims might come with seven airbags protection and other advanced safety fitments.
Mahindra S201 Engine Specifications
|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 fuel disguise. For power, the petrol variants are likely to use 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. Read – Upcoming Mahindra Cars in India
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 Ford EcoSport – respectively. Powering the diesel variants could be a 1.5-litre mHawk 100 engine. This oil burner makes a top power of 100bhp, while producing a peak torque of 240Nm. The SUV could be brought with three transmissions – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoSHIFT AMT gearbox.
Mahindra S201 India Competition
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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Mahindra S201 Preview
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.