Snapshot: An on-test mule of the Mahindra S101 compact SUV has allegedly rolled over in the Nilgiri ghats. Here are first hand images.
Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra makes SUVs that are tough and rugged, meant to withstand the roughest abuse that Indian roads can throw at them. These SUVs come with high ground clearance and a high riding stance, major boons on the mostly imperfect Indian roads. A high ground clearance and high riding stance means that Mahindra SUVs have high centers of gravity.
Throw a pliant suspension into the equation and you have the perfect recipe for heavy body roll. Body roll, after a certain level results in a rollover, a common scenario with most SUVs when pushed hard around a bend or when made to execute quick direction changes.
Mahindra has been testing a new compact SUV code-named the S101. The compact SUV is likely to be Mahindra’s least priced SUV offering what with the automaker said to looking at positioning the S101 at price levels at a price that will rival B-segment hatchbacks. While the S101 will not debut anytime before 2015, extensive on-road testing in on. Today, we have images of the first Mahindra S101 involved in what seems to be a roll-over accident.
According to eye witnesses, the Mahindra S101 test mule, driven in the Nilgiri Ghats rolled over during spirited cornering. Notably, test mules of Mahindra’s latest blockbuster product, the XUV500, were also involved in an accident during the course of pre-launch testing on the outskirts of Chennai. Strange coincidence, isn’t it?
For now though, let’s take you through a few interesting details of the S101. The compact SUV will measure under 4 meters in length and is said to have seating capacity for 6 adults in a 3+3 layout. The SUV is likely to be powered by a 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine borrowed from the Quanto. A 1.2 liter petrol engine from the new range of engines Mahindra is co-developing with Ssangyong, is also expected to make its debut on the S101.
Images courtesy Praveen Balan on Facebook