Mahindra S201 compact SUV rivaling Maruti Brezza, and U321 MPV launching before festive season 2018
Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra’s automotive business, has revealed that the S201 sub-4 meter compact SUV and the U321 MPV would both launch before the festive season of 2018. Both vehicles were missing from Mahindra’s Auto Expo line-up, which made us think that the automaker is saving them for a big splash in the months to come. Dr. Goenka has nearly confirmed this when he made the above statement to MoneyControl.
“We have a couple of refreshes happening in the next 2-3 months. And two big ones – S201 and U321 – which is likely to happen between now and next festive season.” Dr. Goenka said.
The S201 SUV is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s X100 platform. It’ll be the first Ssangyong platform that Mahindra has re-engineered for use on an M&M-badged product in India. The S201 will be available in two lengths, sub-4 meters, and above-4 meters. The first of the two upcoming Mahindra SUVs will be the sub-4 meter model that will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford Ecosport. The monocoque bodied SUV will have turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine is likely to offer class-leading performance, with around 140 Bhp on tap. The 1.5-liter diesel motor will also be a very powerful unit with upto 125 Bhp of peak power. Transmission details are yet to be revealed and we expect the S201 to be a front wheel drive offering.
The U321 will be Mahindra’s first monocoque MPV. The vehicle is expected to sit between the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of pricing. The U321 will be a global vehicle developed by Mahindra’s North American Technical Center. It will use a new 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The new MPV will offer seating options for 7-9 adults. The MPV is expected to be highly refined and loaded with many features. Airbags and ABS are expected to be standard features. Mahindra is also expected to engineer it to meet higher safety standards under the BNVSAP and also Bharat Stage 6 emission norms.
News Source: MoneyControl