Mahindra and Mahindra has been busy prepping up a new compact SUV. The upcoming model is only a few months away from the market launch and here are as many as 10 things you should know about the SUV.
It’s actually a Tivoli
The Ssangyong Tivoli isn’t coming to India; at least not in its current avatar. Instead, the S201 is the Mahindra-ised version that will have quite a few changes. The new model will look pretty different and will even have dimensional changes. However, the underpinnings come from the Korean sibling. So, basically, it won’t be wrong to say that the S201 will be based on the Tivoli.
First low displacement turbo petrol engine on a Mahindra
Mahindra SUVs are known for their powerful diesel engines. However, petrol motors haven’t really been Mahindra’s forte. Things are set to change with the advent of the S201. The S201 will become the first Mahindra product to offer a low-displacement turbocharged petrol engine. This motor belongs to the company’s new family of modern petrol engines that offer a good mix of performance and mileage.
Most powerful in segment
The S201 will go on sale with two engine options – a turbocharged petrol and a turbocharged diesel. The turbo-petrol unit will be the company’s new-age G80 1.2-litre motor that will output 125 bhp for the S201. Other than this, the SUV will also have a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is likely to offer segment-leading power.
Launch by festive season
The 5-seat model will launch first. The company has already announced it will come by this year’s festive season. A festive season launch should give the SUV a headstart due to increased new car sales during the auspicious days of the Hindu calendar.
Sub-4 meter SUV to rival Maruti Vitara Brezza
The S201 will measure less than four meters and will take on the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford Ecospot. Thanks to its sub-4 meter length, and 1.2-petrol and 1.5-diesel engines, the upcoming SUV will be entitled to some excise duty benefits. This will help Mahindra and Mahindra price its SUV aggressively.
Will have a longer, 7 seat sibling
There are actually two Tivoli-based Mahindra SUVs for India. The SUV rivaling the Vitara Brezza is a 5-seat model that will measure less than 4 meters. The other one is a longer version, which will likely measure some 200 mm more. It will offer 7 seats and go on to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
Spy images confirm DRLs, projectors, dual-tone alloys
It’s almost for sure that the S201 would offer segment-leading features. Various spy images have already revealed bits like LED DRLs, projector headlamps and dual-tone alloys. Also, speculations have been rife that the S201 would come with a modern infotainment unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with offering a touchscreen interface.
Standard ABS and Airbags
The S201 will be also much safer than the NuvoSport. ABS and airbags will be standard across all the variants. Moreover, it will meet the BNVSAP safety norms. Also, you can expect the SUV to offer many other safety features like ISOFIX child seat mounts, seat belt reminder and speed-sensing door locks.
Monocoque FWD SUV
Being a modern compact SUV based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, the S201 has a monocoque construction. Hence, you can expect car-like dynamics from the upcoming model. If nothing else, we can expect the car to offer dynamics at par with what its monocoque rivals offer.
The NuvoSport has been a big disappointment. Basically, it’s a facelift of the Quanto, which was another dud. The S201, however, will be a much more modern product than the NuvoSport. Thanks to the Tivoli-connection, we can expect it to be a world-class performer. It will replace NuvoSport in the company’s product portfolio and probably fare many times better than its predecessor.
Spy Image courtesy – Motor Viketan