Mahindra’s next sub 4-metre product is set to be announced on December 18, but a report by Autocar India offers an insight before that happens. Codenamed S101, the compact crossover has made multiple appearances in the past with one of the recent ones in an almost undisguised avatar. As reported earlier, the vehicle is likely to be called KUV100 and will be priced competitively.
Earlier rumoured to be called XUV100 but the report mentions that Mahindra wants to keep the identity of the XUV500 distinct hence the smaller front-wheel drive crossover will bear a different name. The engine range will include newly developed, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engines, both in petrol and diesel avatars. AMT is likely to be included as well, while AWD isn’t expected because of the positioning of the vehicle.
Previous spy shots have shown a car-like interior, an optional touchscreen infotainment system, rectangular AC vents, a centre console-mounted gear lever, and a new design steering wheel. Pricing the vehicle will be crucial, considering that the vehicle is smaller than the TUV, and has a different set of rivals. According the report, Mahindra is expected to price the vehicle at around Rs 4 lakhs, ex-showroom. And that alone might give it the kind of advantage enjoyed by the Renault Kwid (in its respective segment) that offers crossover looks at a fraction of the price.