Mahindra S201 SUV: What we know so far

26th Dec 2017 6:00 am

We put the spotlight on one of Mahindra's upcoming models, codenamed S201, and tell you all that we know about it so far.

Not a day goes by without photos surfacing online of fresh sightings of one of Mahindra’s upcoming vehicles under test. Over 2018, Mahindra will launch multiple products in its bid to win back market share. In addition to the routine facelifts and updates, such as that for the XUV500, the manufacturer will also bring out the stretched version of the TUV300, a new MPV and a new SUV. It is the new SUV (known internally by its codename S201) that we are focusing on. Here’s what we can tell you about the SUV as yet.

It will be based on the SsangYong Tivoli
Right since Mahindra-owned SsangYong showed its monocoque-bodied Tivoli SUV in 2015, there’s been a lot of speculation on whether the model would be brought to India too. That Mahindra had the Tivoli on display at Auto Expo 2016 only made the possibility that much more plausible. The big news is the S201 is Mahindra’s version of the Tivoli. Spy shots suggest the new Mahindra’s basic look will be the same as its sibling, SsangYong, but with different front and rear styling. The Mahindra version will also get more ground clearance and use chunkier tyres.

It will be made in two sizes
Mahindra will offer the SUV in two forms – a five-seat sub-four-metre compact SUV and a larger seven-seat SUV. This two-pronged approach will help Mahindra cater to the two hot segments within the SUV category. While the compact SUV version will be pitched against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon, the larger version will be primarily targeted at the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, albeit with the distinct advantage of an additional row of seats.

It will get a turbo-petrol engine
The Mahindra SUV will be offered with multiple engine options but the most interesting will be Mahindra’s new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. It is essentially the same G80 1.2-litre, three-cylinder unit found under the hood of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, but with major upgrades in the form of direct injection and turbocharging. Output figures are not confirmed as yet but power is expected in the region of 140hp. Also on offer will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine.

It could be called the XUV300
Mahindra already has a strong-selling monocoque-bodied SUV in the XUV500. Given that the XUV name is well established, Mahindra could cash in on the brand’s great recall value by christening its upcoming smaller monocoque-bodied SUV, the XUV300. The ‘300’ in the name would also help establish the new model’s position in Mahindra’s SUV size hierarchy. On a related note, don’t be surprised if the latest SsangYong Rexton comes to India as the Mahindra XUV700.    

It will go on sale in late 2018
The S201 is still in testing and is expected to go on sale only in the latter part of 2018. We expect Mahindra to position and price both versions of the SUV competitively. Mahindra is known to be generous with features so you can be sure the new model will come well loaded too. A touchscreen infotainment and auto climate control will be some of the comfort features while safety equipment could include ESP and up to seven airbags.

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