While the 5-seater sub-4 meter SUV will take on Tata Nexon & Ford EcoSport, the 7-seater bigger version will rival Hyundai Creta
Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown SUV maker is working on an all-new compact SUV – codenamed S201 – for the Indian market. This SUV is based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform. It was speculated that the new model will be a sub-4 meter SUV, but media reports suggest that the new model will be offered in two variants. While one variant will be a sub-4 meter compact SUV, the other model will come with extended length to accommodate third row of seats. Also Read – Upcoming Mahindra Cars In India In The 2017 & 2018
SsangYong Motor Company, the Korean automaker is also selling two variants of the Tivoli in the international markets – standard and XLV. The XLV variant is around 238mm longer than the standard variant. In international markets, the added length is used for a significant rise in boot space. On the other side, this increase in interior space could be used to add a third row of seats in the Indian market.
Mahindra will trim the length of the SsangYong Tivoli to achieve sub-4 meter length. The length will be shortened to benefit from the tax concessions on cars under 4 meters in length in India. This variant will take on the likes of Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. On the flip side, the longer variant will rival the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster.
The S201 will share most of the styling features and interior components from the Tivoli, but the front design; especially the front grille will be re-designed to offer Mahindra-like look. Few media reports suggest that the new small SUV could be called Mahindra XUV300; however, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed by the maker. The new Mahindra SUVs will be offered in both petrol and diesel guise. While the gasoline version could get a 1.2-litre, direct-injection turbocharged unit, the oil burner is likely to be a new 1.5-litre turbo unit.
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