Mahindra has been keeping itself quite busy lately. The company recently launched the Marazzo MPV and will bring the next-gen Rexton SUV soon, though with the Mahindra name and badging. But the company has been quietly preparing to launch a compact SUV to take on vehicles, such as the Vitara Brezza and EcoSport. The monocoque-bodied S201 SUV will resemble the SsangYong Tivoli, in terms of looks, but will have unique front and rear styling. It will come with many segment-first features to boot. Let’s take a look at how the car fares against the competition, in particular the Brezza.
The Mahindra S201 will be powered by the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that sits under the introduced Marazzo MPV. The motor produces 123 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. This makes the S201 the most powerful entry in the compact SUV segment. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, comes with a 1.3-litre diesel engine churning out 90 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque.
Enhanced safety and features
Mahindra is leaving no stone unturned and has loaded the S201 to the brim with features. The company will reportedly equip the SUV with seven airbags, which is a segment first. The car will also get other safety features, such as ABS, ESP and rear parking sensors among others.
It will also come with four-wheel disc brakes and will be the first compact SUV to do so. Also, top-spec S201s are expected to come with stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, currently only offered on the Ford EcoSport Signature and S trims. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes with 16-inch alloy wheels in comparison.
The top-spec S201 is likely to come with a panoramic sunroof. The sunroof is one feature that has become a favourite among buyers these days. More and more people are going for sunroof-equipped cars and some even opting for aftermarket jobs. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does not come with a sunroof even as an option. In fact, only top-spec variants of the Ford EcoSport do come with a standard-size sunroof in our market.
Dual-zone auto climate control
Considering how hot it can get in India, a good air conditioning system is a vital feature. Mahindra will equip the S201 with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, which goes on to show that the company has a good understanding of our market. This feature again is unique to the segment with none of the competition, including the Vitara Brezza, offering it.
LED headlamps & DRLs
Though not fully confirmed, word has it that Mahindra is equipping the S201 SUVs with full-LED headlamps along with LED daytime running lights. A few sightings have also indicated the same and support the news. This will help with night time driving as they provide much more spread and light compared to conventional headlights. Also, the S201 will come with full-LED tail lamps as well. The Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, manages to do without such gimmickry.