Mahindra will launch a brand new, sub-4 meter compact SUV based on the Ssangyong Tivoli in India early next year. Code-named the S201, the compact SUV is extensively being tested on Indian roads ahead of its market launch. The S201 could be known as the XUV300 in the Indian market although Mahindra is yet to give any indication about what it intends to name the new compact SUV as. Here is a new render that shows what the Mahindra XUV300/S201 could look like in production form.
As the render indicates, the SUV could derive inspiration from the Mahindra XUV500, the flagship vehicle of the brand. Flared wheel arches and 16 inch wheels will give it an SUV stance. It will measure less than 4 meters in length, making it a lot more compact than the Ssangyong Tivoli.
As for competition, the S201/Mahindra XUV300 will challenge the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. It’ll have a monocoque body, and will seat five adults, much unlike the other sub-4 meter Mahindra SUV currently on sale – the TUV300. The S201 will be front wheel driven, and will get both petrol and diesel engine options.
Considering the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, which are a lot more tighter than the prevailing Bharat Stage 4 emission norms, the compact SUV will offer turbocharging on both the petrol and diesel engines. Both engines are likely to have class leading power and torque outputs. Both engines will be much more powerful than the one offered by the Maruti Brezza.
The petrol engine is expected to be a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit with about 140 Bhp on tap while the diesel will be
the recently introduced 1.5 liter unit seen on the Mahindra Marazzo. The diesel will make 121 Bhp-300 Nm. 6 speed
manual gearboxes are likely to be standard on both the petrol and diesel engines.
The Mahindra S201 is also expected to get an AMT option. Key safety features on the SUV will include standard ABS and twin airbags. Top-end variants will pack in a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and also an electric sunroof. As for pricing, the new SUV is expected to be priced comparably to the likes of the Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza.