Mahindra is testing its upcoming utility vehicles quite rigorously. The Indian SUV giant was spotted testing not one, not two, but three new cars near Manali, en route to Ladakh. Ladakh is one of the highest altitude regions of India, and automakers routinely carry out their cold weather testing here. The Mahindra convoy of test vehicles spied by our reader Manish Bhardwaj consisted of the Marazzo MPV, the S201 code-named compact SUV and the new Scorpio Getaway.
The Mahindra Marazzo MPV will be launched in India on the 3rd of September. Said to have the largest footprint for a Mahindra passenger car, the monocoque-bodied Marazzo will be slotted in between the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta MPVs.
The Marazzo will be offered with a newly developed, 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine good for around 120 Bhp-300 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is expected to accompany this engine and drive the front wheels of the MPV. 7 seat and 8 seat options will be on offer, and the Mahindra Marazzo’s prices are expected to start from under Rs. 10 lakhs.
The S201 is essentially a sub-4-meter version of the Ssangyong Tivoli compact SUV. It’ll be a direct rival to the likes of the Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon. Mahindra is expected to launch the S201 in India early next year. The compact SUV promises best-in-class performance. The petrol engine is expected to be a 125 Bhp+ turbocharged petrol engine, while the diesel is likely to pack in about 115 Bhp. Manual and automatic gearbox options are likely for the S201, which will be monocoque-bodied and front wheel driven. Mahindra is expected to slot the SUV at under Rs. 7 lakhs in terms of starting price.
The new Scorpio Getaway is already on sale in many international markets, but Mahindra is taking its time for India. When launched here, the new Scorpio Getaway will take on the Isuzu V-Cross and the Tata Xenon. A twin cab pick-up truck with room for five passengers, the Scorpio Getaway gets front-end styling similar to the Scorpio SUV – its sibling. The Scorpio Getaway is also expected to share its 2.2 litre mHawk turbocharged diesel engine with the Scorpio. This motor makes 140 Bhp-320 Nm, and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox. A four wheel drive option is also likely for this pick-up truck, whose prices are likely to start from a shade over Rs. 10 lakhs.
In the meanwhile, here is quick look at the Marazzo which will be launched in the first week September.