Mahindra seems all set to introduce the S201 code-named sub-4 meter compact SUV in India. The monocoque SUV is a shorter version of the Ssangyong Tivoli SUV. Recently, an uncamouflaged version of the same was spied getting unloaded from a flatbed outside a Mahindra dealership in Bangalore.
The hatch lid of the Mahindra S201 in question doesn’t feature any badging, which means that the vehicle could still be a test mule rather than a production version. However, the spyshots do give us an indication of the rear end styling of the Maruti Brezza rival, along with the side design. From the looks of it, the S201 seems more like the KUV100 in terms of styling rather than the properly butch TUV300.
Hatchback-like, the new compact SUV from Mahindra will take on the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon in India. Class-leading power and torque figures are likely on the latest Mahindra SUV, which is expected to pack in turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The petrol motor is expected to make about 125 Bhp while the diesel is expected to put out about 110 Bhp.
While manual gearboxes will be standard with both engines along with a front-wheel drive layout, automatic gearboxes are also likely to be on offer considering the fact that almost every sub-4 meter compact SUV sold in India offers automatic gearboxes.
Mahindra will be hoping that the S201 does a lot better than the TUV300, which is now a slow seller. The S201 will have a tough task at hand considering the fact the Maruti Brezza and other top selling SUVs in the sub-4 meter space are already quite established.
Sharp pricing, segment-leading performance and features are a few factors that the Mahindra S201 will need to pack in, if it intends to be a solid rival to the Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon. The Mahindra S201 will make its Indian debut during this year’s festive season. A longer, 7-seat variant will follow next year.