- Expected to be revealed either late this year or in early 2019.
- Will be feature loaded as well to compete in the competitive segment.
Mahindra is gearing up for the launch of their new flagship based on the G4 Rexton. Apart from that, there is an all-new SUV in the pipeline which will be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli. This new compact SUV in Mahindra’s line-up is codenamed S201 and it will be a third sub-4 metre product after the TUV300 and KUV100.
Unlike the Tivoli, the S201 will get revised styling and will be a feature loaded SUV since it will go up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon. Under the camo, the S201 looks its part as an SUV with its decked up bonnet. We expect LED DRL eyebrows with the projector headlamps under the camouflage. Under the cladded fascia might be hiding Mahindra’s toothed grille design.
In profile, the flared and cladded wheel arches, a tall shoulder line and the twin box cabin impart it the right stance for the compact SUV. There are roof rails present as well, to lend it a brawny stance. At the rear, the taillight is sleeker compared to the one seen on the Tivoli. The bumper design is well concealed but the new alloy wheel design might be seen in the production model.
Given the cut-throat market it will enter in, we assume it will be a good looking SUV with a feature loaded cabin. The interior spy shots from earlier spotting have revealed features like touchscreen infotainment system, climate control as well as steering mounted audio controls. The test mule had a five-speed manual with leather upholstery.
As far as the powertrain of the five-seater is concerned, the S201 is most likely to get both petrol and diesel engines. We expect the same 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine from the Marazzo which produces 121bhp/300Nm to be joined by a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Both the petrol and diesel engines of the Mahindra S201 are expected to offer manual and AMT transmission options.
This S201 is likely to get an alphanumeric name as is the case with the other Mahindra models. It is expected to replace the NuvoSport and will be sold alongside the TUV300 as a part of Mahindra’s collective volumes game. Prices are expected to be around Rs 7-10 lakhs.