The Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been caught testing again in Chennai, showing that Mahindra is actively trying to get this vehicle into showrooms as soon as possible. The S101 (codename) is a compact SUV that would be directly pitched against hatchback buyers and could undercut the Ford EcoSport in price positioning.
The latest spyshots of the Mahindra S101 are courtesy Motor Vikatan, and are much more clear images than the ones we have seen earlier. Although the vehicle is highly camouflaged it does give a fairly good idea of the size and overall shape of this compact SUV. Also read: Mahindra’s new compact SUV S-101 caught testing
The Mahindra S101 – at least from the photos – appears to be a proper five-seater compact SUV. From the looks of it, it is being built on a monocoque chassis (just like the Mahindra XUV500) and appears to have 14-inch wheels. One can’t make out anything in terms of its looks right now, as it has dummy headlamps and tail-lamps and no grille or bumper. The door handles appear to be the pull-type handles found on the Xylo and Scorpio, while the bonnet looks like it’s been taken from the XUV500. Also read: Upcoming Mahindra vehicles in India
Speculative renders show that this vehicle could end up with some design cues from the Ssangyong Korando as well. Since it does seem like it is under 4 metres in length, one can safely assume that it will be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine – the same three-cylinder twin-turbo unit from the Mahindra Quanto perhaps. Mahindra may also consider introducing a small 1.2 litre petrol engine, as it is currently jointly developing new engines with Ssangyong, the Korean carmaker it bought out. Also read: Tata plans compact SUV rivalling Mahindra Quanto
Mahindra had ruled out getting into small cars, and had said it would like to continue its focus on SUVs. As far as cars go, the Mahindra Verito Vibe notchback that will be launched in a few weeks will be its smallest car on offer. The S101 will likely be its smallest SUV for the moment and would likely see a launch by end 2014. Next year, Mahindra will also be introducing a new Scorpio – which is likely to be bigger than the current vehicle.