We informed you earlier that Mahindra is readying a 7-seater SUV, codenamed S204, which will first go on sale in India. The 7-seater SUV is also confirmed to be launched in the European markets in 2021. It will be based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform, which also underpins the Tivoli and the Mahindra XUV300.
SsangYong is selling the Tivoli SUV in 2 different body sizes – a standard model with 4,195mm length and the Tivoli XLV with 4,440mm length. The Mahindra S204 will be based on the Tivoli XLV; however, it will be a 7-seater model. The XLV is only available as a 5-seater SUV, which offers increased boot space and enhanced legroom space for the rear occupants. The XLV measures 4,440mm in length, 1,798mm in width and 1,635mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,600mm. The wheelbase is similar to that of the Tivoli 5-seater model.
We believe that the Mahindra S204 could be offered in 2 seating layouts – 5 and 7-seater. The SUV will directly challenge the next-gen Hyundai Creta, which is also expected to arrive in 5-and 7-seat options. Adding to it, the S204 will also challenge the SUVs of the higher segments including the Tata Harrier. The Harrier will also receive a 7-seater derivative in the early 2020, around Auto Expo.
Mahindra has also started testing the SUV on the Indian roads. It is expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo, while launch could take place in the mid-2020. The SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre GDI naturally aspirated direct-injection 4-cylinder petrol engine. This engine will also power the Mahindra Marazzo next year.