Indian carmaker Mahindra is set to launch three new cars, in India, in the coming months. Now Indian Autos Blog (IAB), is claiming that the S201, the smallest of the three new cars from Mahindra, will not be arriving this year but instead will be launched in January 2019. It will take on the Maruti Brezza.
When speaking to The Hindu, Pawan Goenka, the Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, had stated that Mahindra had two launches planned before the festive season including the Marazzo, which would be followed by another launch in January 2019.
IAB claims that the second launch prior to the Diwali festive season, in November 2018, will be Mahindra’s version of the Ssangyong Rexton. Known popularly as the XUV700, Mahindra has given the SUV the code name Y400 and it will be the largest passenger car to bear the company’s badge up front. According to IAB, this means that the launch date of the SUV being pushed back to 2019 is the sub-4-meter SUV codenamed the S201, which will be competing with vehicles, such as the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport.
The Mahindra S201 is based on the Tivoli SUV made by its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong. However, unlike the Tivoli, the S201 is shorter in length, to ensure it squeezes under four metres, allowing it to benefit from lower GST tax rates. The Tivoli-based S201 will be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that also powers other SUVs in the Mahindra line-up and will also be seen on the Marazzo. The diesel engine will reportedly produce 120 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque. This will make it a lot more powerful than the best selling Maruti Brezza.
The S201 will also be offered with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine cranking out around 140 bhp. Mahindra is expected to offer the upcoming S201 SUV with both manual and AMT gearbox options. The Mahindra S201 is also expected to spawn a larger version of itself, which will basically be a rebadged Tivoli with all the styling cues found on the S201. The larger S202 is expected to feature more room inside along with more seating, considering the original Tivoli, which sold in International markets is billed as an SUV with 7 seats on offer.
Source – Indian Autos Blog