Mahindra’s earlier plan of launching the SsangYong Tivoli in India has been shelved due to very limited brand recognition for the South Korean vehicle. However, to compete in the segment, Mahindra decided to work on its own version of the Tivoli compact SUV that will go against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The car has been spied testing in India, and this is all you need to know about the vehicle. The pictures have been sent by an avid follower of CarToq, Rohan Sill from Chennai.
The spy images show that the upcoming SUV will be compact in size. The car will be positioned below XUV 500, and currently, Mahindra is developing the vehicle in-house to keep the cost down. The upcoming SUV is codenamed as S201, and it will share the same platform as the Tivoli.
However, Mahindra has made it clear that it is not just a rebadging job, and that it’ll look quite different from the Tivoli. The S201 seen under the wraps here has been designed with the help of Pininfarina, a famous design house owned by Mahindra. The automaker is currently developing the vehicle at its research centre situated in Chennai.
The upcoming SUV will be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is currently under development. The diesel engine option will be the 1.5-litre 2-stage turbocharged engine from TUV 300.
The spy pictures capture the interiors, but they are not as clear. From the pictures, we can see XUV styled air vents and the dashboard texture. Mahindra generously loads their vehicles with equipment, and the S201 is likely to be built on the similar lines. The vehicle will be at par with the BNVSAP safety standards.
Mahindra will launch this vehicle in late 2018 and the vehicle will be built at Chakan. The SUV will be positioned between Scorpio and the XUV 500. It will be an upmarket, larger alternate to the likes of the TUV300 and Nuvosport.