Mahindra and Mahindra had announced a couple of years ago that there are four new SUV models being planned for the Indian market. Out of them, the TUV300 and NuvoSport have been launched while the other two are being awaited. Looks like we wouldn’t have to wait much longer. Images of the compact SUV which is likely to sit alongside the much capable TUV300, have now surfaced. The S201 as the sub-4m SUV has been codenamed, was doing its test runs in South India.
Mahindra has based its latest new compact SUV on the lines of the SangYong Tivoli, a South Korean company that Mahindra now owns. While the general silhouette of the SUV suggests that it is going to be a rebadged Tivoli, we will have to wait and find out if that will be the truth. The alloys on this seemingly top-spec test mule look dashing and we expect the car to come with smoked projector lights with LED DRLs and the like. It must be kept in mind that the Tivoli is slightly above the 4 metre mark and Mahindra being the master engineers at jugaad, will have to work around this factor to get the excise duty benefits.
The cabin of the Mahindra S201 SUV looks the exact same one as the Tivoli. There is a big touchscreen infotainment system that could possibly host Android Auto in the beginning followed by Apple CarPlay at a later stage. The Euro-spec Tivoli comes with dual zone climate control and if that is the case, then the Indian Mahindra-made model will be the first one in its segment to feature this. As can be seen from the test vehicle, the Tivoli-based SUV is likely to have stop-start button, different drive modes and lots of cubby holes. It will still be a 5-seater and Mahindra is unlikely to pull off anything similar to the KUV’s six seating arrangement.
As far as engines are concerned, Mahindra is likely to use its 100PS 1.5-litre turbodiesel, perhaps with uprated numbers. The gear lever shows six ratios and that is again a big step up considering that more and more compact SUVs are now using this configuration. The petrol may not be available at launch but could be added at a later stage. It will be a turbo-ed unit from the KUV100 but again with more power to offset the weight gain over the smaller SUV. An AMT, to ensure automatic convenience, will also be offered with both the engines.
It is likely that the Mahindra S201 could see a launch as early as next month. Mahindra will be quite aggressive on the pricing, with prices starting as low as Rs 6 lakh for the base diesel trim.