The Mahindra S201 will get a new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine on which Mahindra and SsangYong are working jointly.
Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown UV maker has recently confirmed a new sub-compact SUV for the Indian market. Codenamed Mahindra S201, the small SUV will be designed on the SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform which is the same that underpins the Tivoli. As a reminder, the company showcased the SsangYong Tivoli hatchback at the Delhi Auto Expo last year. The compact SUV has been spotted testing for the first time during its test rounds on Chennai roads. The spotted model looks like an early prototype covered in black and white camouflage. Media reports suggest that the S201 will have different styling.
The Pune-based carmaker is currently in a process to buy the licensing rights for the SsangYong’s X100 platform. Though Mahindra owns SsangYong, the company will have to get a go ahead of the independent directors due to the related-party transaction. Despite sharing the platform, the overall design and styling of the new Mahindra compact SUV will be entirely different from the Tivoli SUV. Read: Mahindra Y400 7-Seater Premium SUV In The Works
This compact SUV will be designed with inputs from SsangYong and Pininfarina – an famous Italian car design house owned by M&M. While the platform of the vehicle will be the same as the Tivoli, it might come with a new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine on which Mahindra & SsangYong are working jointly. Likely to be ready by 2018, the new engine will be used for the products of both the brands. As far as the diesel engine is concerned, the company has an option to use the mHAWK 100 which also does duty in the Mahindra NuvoSport and TUV300. Reports suggest that the new Mahindra compact SUV will arrive in the Indian market in late 2018 or early 2019.
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. The carmaker will also bring in the petrol versions of Scorpio and XUV500.
As mentioned earlier, the S201 compact SUV might hit the Indian shores towards the end of 2018 or early 2019. The concept version of the SUV could make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
|Base Model||Rs 9 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 13 lakh|
In terms of pricing and positioning, the new Mahindra compact SUV will fit between the Mahindra NuvoSport and the Scorpio. We expect it to be priced within the range of Rs 9 lakh – Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom).
The S201 compact SUV will be built on SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. The SUV will share most of its features with the Sister SUV, but it will have a completely different design. The SUV features a newly styled grille, which is likely to be slightly different from the one offered in XUV500. Other design elements are expected to include sweptback headlamps with integrated DRLs, fog lamps, new bumper with wider air intakes. There will be lot of creases and curves all around the body to give a sporty profile.
The cabin of the SUV is expected to be shared with the Mahindra XUV500. The customers are likely to have different options for upholstery. Talking about features, the SUV is expected to get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, etc. Other features include multi-functional steering wheel, climate control, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, reversing camera, etc.