Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown UV maker is working on a range of new utility vehicles for the Indian market. The company is working on a modern looking sub-4 meter SUV to challenge the likes of Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Codenamed S201, the new model will be launched this year. Here are 6 things you should know about this SUV – Also See – Upcoming Mahindra Cars
– SsangYong Tivoli’s Cousin
This will be Mahindra’s first SUV to use SsangYong’s platform. It is based on X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli compact SUV, which is already on sale in global markets. The SUV will share several body panels and features from the Tivoli; however, it will have Mahindra-like face. Read – Mahindra S201 – All Details
– Exterior & Interior
While the SUV is based on SsangYong Tivoli’s platform, the design is all-new in terms of front and rear looks. It gets XUV500 like grille, front parking sensors, newly developed LED daytime running lights, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, newly developed tail-lamps with LED elements and thick C-pillar.
Inside the cabin, the SUV gets leather seats, push-button engine start/keyless entry, sunroof and 7-airbags. Adding to it, the SUV also gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity.
New Turbo Petrol & Diesel Engines
Mahindra is aiming to launch a range of petrol engines with its new models in the country. The S201 will be equipped with an all-new turbocharged petrol engine, which is basically the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine. The diesel version will be equipped with a newly developed 1.5-litre turbocharged unit.
Most Powerful In The Segment
Media reports claim that the S201 will be the brand’s most powerful sub-4 meter SUV in the Indian market. It will be powered by the company’s new G80 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will produce over 125bhp of power. On the other side, the diesel version will have a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is likely to offer over 110bhp of power.
7-Seater Version Also In The Works
What’s more interesting is that Mahindra is working on a seven-seat version of this SUV. While the five-seat model will challenge the Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon, the 7-seat model will sit above 4-meter in length. The 7-seat model will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
Launch During Festive Season
Mahindra has confirmed that the new S201 compact SUV will go on sale in the country in the second half of this year. A possible launch around Diwali can’t be ignored.