The Indian SUV leader Mahindra & Mahindra is very busy working on several new models in order to beat growing market competition and to reinstate its leading position in its home market. Among the number of new vehicles in the pipeline from the house of Mahindra, the mostly spied S101 compact SUV has been regularly in news for over two years now. The S101 was joined pretty recently by another new Mahindra vehicle, the next generation Bolero which is supposed to come this time around along with its compact counterpart as well. Both these upcoming Mahindra vehicles have been spied many times. And now, new set of spy images have been posted on the internet that reveals both the vehicles testing side by side.
The next generation Mahindra Bolero which is codenamed as the U301 and the company’s new compact SUV codenamed S101 have been caught while the vehicles were testing together. Not only the two vehicles were spied together, but the new set of spy pictures also throw light on the new details of these two vehicles’ interiors.
Bothe the all new Bolero and the S101 baby SUV are scheduled to launch next year. While the S101 is expected to launch within the first quarter of 2015, the next-en Bolero is going to launch sometime later in the year. The S101 is going to get powered by the newly developed engine range of the company which is going to debut under the hood of the S101 next year, while the next-gen Bolero is also expected to feature them. Among a family of new petrol and diesel engines from Mahindra, the S101 is going to get the new 1.2 liter petrol and diesel motors.
Now, coming to the new set of spy images and the revelation they make about the vehicles’ interiors. As per the spy shots, the next-gen Bolero is likely to feature a newly designed dashboard along with a new central console, new rectangular shaped AC vents and a new three spoke steering wheel. The vehicle is also going to get a bigger screen infotainment system. The fully camouflaged test mule of the Bolero is surely expected to come with new styling, but the overall shape of the vehicle says that the basic design language of the SUV will be retained. The Bolero is also expected to come this time with two body sizes, namely a full sized version and a new sub-4 meter compact version.
The S101 is Mahindra’s first full-fledged sub-4 meter SUV contender to fight in the country’s increasingly popular compact SUV market. It is likely to feature steering wheel mounted controls for the infotainment system and auto climate control among others.
Post its market launch, the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will be rivaling with Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Nexon. The S101 is expected to be competitively tagged in a price range of around Rs. 5 to Rs. 7 lakh.