Mahindra is working on the upcoming car launches in India and soon the brand would launch the Y400, which is expected to get the name Inferno in the market. After the launch of Y400, Mahindra would bring in the S201 compact SUV that would take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon in the market. As per new details, the all-new SUV would be launched in early 2019.
The upcoming compact SUV is based on the SsangYong Tivoli and will get many unique features. The car will be positioned as a premium vehicle and would get a price tag that would match the higher-end variants of the competition cars. The all-new S201 would be a monocoque SUV that would get a Front Wheel Driven and would not get a 4WD set-up, even as an option.
The S201 is also expected to be most powerful in the segment and would get powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. There would be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that would produce class-leading 135 PS. Currently, the Ford EcoSport EcoBoost is the most powerful SUV in the segment and produces a maximum of 125 PS.
Even the diesel engine is expected to be quite powerful. Even though Mahindra has not officially announced the diesel engine that would be used in the upcoming S201, in all likeliness, it would be the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that powers the Mahindra Marazzo.
In the Marazzo, it produces a maximum power of 122 PS and 300 Nm. the outputs can change in the S201 to suit the SUV but the final output is not known yet. However, it sure would be the most powerful diesel engine in the segment. The Tata Nexon diesel is currently the most powerful SUV in the segment that produces a maximum of 110 PS and 260 Nm.
Both petrol and diesel engine options would get the 6-speed manual transmission. Being a premium offering, Mahindra is expected to offer an automatic transmission with the S201 too. We may see the use of AMT in both diesel and petrol engine options. The S201 compact SUV would also offer a long list of features that includes a segment-first panoramic sunroof.
Other features that would be offered with the SUV are a large touchscreen, cruise control, dual-zone climate control system, 6-airbag system, ABS+EBD, LED headlamps and more. The S201 would also look quite premium and would be offered with stylish 17-inch alloy wheels in the top-end variants.
Mahindra has been testing the S201 on the Indian roads for a long time now. The SUV would also get a long wheelbase version that would a 7-seater variant and would be launched at a later stage. However, initially, only the 5-seater version of the SUV would be available in the market. Mahindra would put a price tag of around Rs. 7.5 lakhs and would offer fewer variants with a longer feature list.