Mahindra will launch three all-new cars in India over the next six months. The Indian utility vehicle giant will begin the flurry of new vehicle launches with the S201 compact SUV, a sub-4 meter offering, that will take on the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. Yes, the S201 will be a monocoque offering, carving its own space in Mahindra’s sub-4 meter SUV range that includes the 7-seat TUV300 and the Nuvosport.
While both the Nuvosport and TUV300 can seat seven adults, the S201 code-named SUV will be a five-seater. It’s based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, but has been shorted slightly to fit the Indian sub-4 meter SUV market. The S201 will get turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with class leading outputs. It will be front-wheel driven.
The next major car launch from Mahindra will be in the MPV space. The MPV code-named U321 will be a 7-9 seat vehicle that will sit between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of price and positioning. Prices are likely to start from about Rs. 10 lakhs. The MPV will have upmarket interiors, a monocoque body and a front-wheel drive layout.
It’ll get a new 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine and a petrol engine is also expected to be on offer. While manual gearboxes will be standard, Mahindra could offer automatic gearboxes options in future. The U321 features a fresh design and has been engineered by Mahindra’s North American Technical Center. The MPV will be a global product.
Mahindra will end the year with the launch of its priciest product – the XUV700. A flagship vehicle from Mahindra built to take on the Toyota Fortuner, the XUV700 will be a rebadged Ssangyong Rexton G4. The SUV will have Mahindra badging, and is expected to undercut the Toyota Fortuner significantly. The butch, large SUV will seat seven adults and is expected to be sold with a four-wheel drive transfer case as standard. It will use a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine with a 7-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as standard. The SUV will be luxurious with a lot of creature comforts and safety features on offer. Expect a sub- Rs. 25 lakh price tag for this CKD-assembled SUV, which will be Mahindra’s range topper.