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Mahindra S101 vs Ford Ecosport

SUV enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for official launch of Mahindra’s much awaited compact SUV S101 which has been spotted testing in various locations around India. Though the spy pictures available on various websites have shown only camouflaged images it gives viewers a clear idea about size and also overall shape of the vehicle. The Ford Ecosport which was launched in Indian markets in 2013 was an instant hit due to its clever pricing and engaging looks and due to constant demand has a long booking period of more than 6 months.

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

Engine Specifications – The S101 from Mahindra is likely to be offered in diesel option only with 1.5 liter mHawk engine with three cylinder and twin turbo system as Mahindra Quanto. Since Mahindra is developing petrol and diesel engines in collaboration with SsangYong these may be implemented at a later stage into S101 too. The Ford Ecosport is available in three fuel options comprising 1.5 liter and 1.0 liter petrol engines with turbo chargers and 1.5 liter diesel engine option.

Design Specifications: The Mahindra S101 is a five seater SUV with 14 inch alloy wheels and wide frame built on monocoque chassis with body colored doors handles and wide bonnet similar to Mahindra’s XUV 500 utility vehicle. The S101’s exteriors will be a blend of design cues from XUV500 and Mahindra Quanto therefore its spare tyre is mounted on rear while front façade has prominent grille from hood cover to front bumper.

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Ford Ecosport has a compact body based on Ford’s global design philosophy which can comfortably seat five passengers and has a wide but attractive grille in oval design with chrome outline. Prominent fog lamps sit below project lamp headlights cluster and increase aggressive stance of car with flaring wheel arches and body colored ORVMS with side indicators.

Safety and Suspension Features – Since Mahindra has not stated any details about its safety features nor have any people tested the S101, presently no information is available about suspension, safety features or braking system of this mysterious model. However it is expected that the Mahindra S101 will have strong suspension system of McPherson struts and torsion bar along with security of ABS, airbags and seatbelts.

The Ford Ecosport being a car of international class has multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors, and electronic stability system along with Hill Assist to stop car from slipping backwards while climbing hilly areas. Besides these the Ecosport has engine immobilizer, keyless entry, central locking facility and emergency 3-point seat belts. Its suspension system comprises of a combination of independent McPherson struts, coil springs and anti-roll bar.

Both these models will be competing with each other for same group of compact SUV customers once the Mahindra S101 is launched in India. While the Ford Ecosport has already gained a great reputation in India with 60000 bookings within three months of launch we need to wait and see if the Mahindra S101 will enjoy similar fan following.

Mahindra S101 Compact SUV

One of the most anticipated car models in India is the upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV. The Indian SUV leader has been keen on releasing a potent compact sub-4 meter SUV model in the domestic market in order to grab a piece of the increasingly profitable pie of the compact SUV segment. Mahindra & Mahindra does not have a proper compact SUV model other than the Quanto which is actually a slashed down version of the Xylo and is losing its popularity. On the other hand, the Indian compact SUV segment is getting more and more competitive with almost all auto makers pouring in their own models. While the likes of the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano are ruling over the compact SUV market of India, car majors like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda and Tata Motors are all planning to launch their own representatives soon. In such a situation, the compact SUV from Mahindra which is still codenamed S101 is really crucial for the company.

Mahindra S101

The Mahindra S101 is going to be a sub-4 meter compact SUV model which is aimed to a city car and is going to take on the likes of the very successful Ford EcoSport upon its market launch. The Mahindra S101 has been spied testing a number of times over the past one year. Very recently not one but two of its test mules have been spotted while testing on the roads of Chennai. As always, these prototypes were also heavily camouflaged and did not reveal any details of the vehicle. The S101 is still in its early development stage and is not expected to come to the market before FY 2015-16. The S101 will be based on Mahindra’s Korean subsidiary Ssangyong XLV (eXciting Lifestyle Vehicle) concept that was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The S101 will be jointly developed by Mahindra & Mahindra and Ssangyong and is expected to be positioned in the space between Scorpio and the Quanto SUVs. There are also rumors that the Quanto will be eventually phased out as Mahindra is going come up with many more new compact SUV models.

The recent spy pictures also show the S101 test models being tested alongside a Ford Figo which served as a standard vehicle. The heavy camouflages do not offer any sneak peek, and the vehicle itself looks quite incomplete till now with its headlights and tail lights still not designed and it might be doing its tests with borrowed parts from other Mahindra vehicles. It seems that the S101 will carry some design cues from the premium XUV500 however it will be a much smaller in size. Its under-4 meter length will also help Mahindra price it competitively owing to the excise benefits.

The Mahindra S101 is expected to come in both petrol and diesel versions. While the diesel model is expected to be powered by a 1.5 liter diesel unit, a newly developed petrol engine from the company is expected to power its petrol variant.

Mahindra to produce its new SUVs including the compact S101 in new Chennai factory in FY 2015-16

Indian SUV master, Mahindra & Mahindra has chosen the city of Chennai to set up its new car plant. The Indian car major will be investing a massive Rs. 4000 crore in the new Chennai plant.

mahindra s101 rendering

The upcoming manufacturing facility will be the 7th plant for Mahindra in India, and this new plant will be responsible to churn out a new set of cars that it plans launch by the next financial year. Mahindra is yet to announcement the new plant officially, which will be done in the month of June after the general elections have ended in the country. The Executive Director at Mahindra’s Automotive & Farm equipment division, Pawan Goenka revealed to the media that the state of Tamil Nadu has refrained from announcing the new plant at this point, as a new investment declaration during the polls violates election commission’s code of conduct.

Mahindra will make the Rs. 4000 crore investment over the period of the next 7 to 8 years. Mahindra & Mahindra will be making its new Chennai plant roll out a number of new vehicles. The exact location of the manufacturing facility has not been revealed. The Indian auto major is known to be making an investment of total 10,000 crore rupees on its total capacity and product development expansion over the next three years’ time.

Mahindra & Mahindra is still in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government of Tamil Nadu regarding the commencement of the setup of the new car facility. The new facility will be spread over a land of 400 acres in the southern part of Tamil Nadu. Mahindra & Mahindra already has its research and development facility located near Chennai, Tamil Nadu that is called the Mahindra Research Valley. This R&D facility is responsible for developing a number of the Mahindra products and is currently working on several new products in association with Mahindra’s South Korean subsidiary, Ssangyong.

Mahindra & Mahindra is currently busy developing a wide range of new vehicles both for the Indian and the international markets. Thus, a new manufacturing facility is but natural in order to cope with the increased load of production over the coming years.

Mahindra is planning to launch an array of new vehicles. It is said that the new Chennai facility will also roll out one of the most anticipated upcoming Mahindra car that is the codenamed S101 compact SUV. The compact SUV segment in India is about to get all the more competitive very soon as Mahindra will be launching a range of new SUV models. It is said that the Indian car maker is planning on more than one compact SUV in the sub-4 meter bracket which are extremely popular. Mahindra is also planning to launch a mid-size SUV codename U301 and an MPV codenamed W202. A new LCV is also to be launched replacing the Maxximo pickup truck.

Mahindra S101 sub-4 meter SUV spied again

The Indian compact sub-4 meter SUV segment has been growing tremendously popular in the recent times, and it has witnessed soaring demands with the high flying success of Ford EcoSport. The highly potential compact SUV market in India is thus now attracting a whole new bunch of car makers, all of whom are eager to jump onto the compact SUV bandwagon. The segment is soon to be flooded with many new launches from various car majors such as Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Tata, etc.

Mahindra compact suv caught testing spy shot

Being the Indian SUV leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has been having a hard time digesting the high success of many compact SUVs such as the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano. Needless to say, the Indian car major is incredibly busy building potential competitors to beat competition in India. The car maker is known to be developing two compact SUV models, one a sub-4 meter model to take on the EcoSport and a slightly larger compact SUV to handle the likes of the Duster and Terrano.

Among these, the upcoming compact sub-4 meter SUV model from Mahindra that is still codenamed as the S101 has been getting spied a lot of times, as it entered its road test rounds for quite some time.

Most recently, this Ford EcoSport challenger from Mahindra was spotted by the spy shutterbugs while testing on the roads of Chennai. This upcoming new Mahindra sub-4 meter SUV is now expected to make in India launch in the year 2015, most probably towards the beginning. The Mahindra S101 as usual was spotted with its heavy camouflages intact even in this time, keeping the prying lenses away from its much wanted design details.

However, it is already known that the Mahindra’s S101 is based on an entirely new platform with a monocoque layout. This platform is still being worked on by both Mahindra and its Korean subsidiary Ssangyong, as the company revealed. At present, Mahindra & Mahindra does not have any proper compact SUV, as its Quanto is actually a slashed down Xylo variant which is fast losing its popularity and is no match for the highly successful Ford EcoSport. Thus, post launch the S101 will be going head-on with the EcoSport.

It is being speculated that this new compact SUV from Mahindra will have a stylish premium visual appeal and will borrow design cues from its full-sized premium cousin, the XUV500. Being a sub-4 meter SUV, the S101 will be giving its maker the excise duty benefits that will help in its aggressive pricing to lure in more buyers.

Under the hood, the S101 will pack in both petrol and diesel engines, namely a 1.2 liter petrol mill and a 1.5 liter diesel mill, both coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission.

The Mahindra S101 is expected to be very spacious despite its compact form and is speculated to have an incredulous starting price of around 5 lakhs. If these rumors really come true then there’s no stopping the S101 from being a great hit.

Hidden images of S101 captured in Punjab

Mahindra’s has earned a grand name in sport utility vehicle segment, and has a couple of exciting upcoming SUV launches. The upcoming Scorpio facelift has been spotted several times in spy form, in Indian cities of Coimbatore and Pune. Now another upcoming Mahindra SUV is spotted by car enthusiasts, this time it is not the Scorpio, it is S101 SUV.

Mahindra S101

The car was spotted by group of people on Chandigarh highway, and there was not just one car, but many varieties, and one of them was the 2014 Scorpio prototype. The design frame of S101 is based on advanced monocoque chassis, and designed by Mahindra and Ssangyong. S101 has special aspects attached to it, the petrol car is among the first of small gasoline power train developed on joint partnership basis.

From the spy images, car enthusiasts have emerged with interesting details, S101 is a sub four meter SUV, and is built in accordance with stringent excise duty regulations. The petrol car according to sources should have a displacement capacity of 1,200 cc or lesser, and with the diesel car, the expected figure is 1,500cc.

There is another exclusive factor associated with S101, apart from the first small gasoline engine tag. The car is developed in partnership of Mahindra and Ssangyong in line with future projects. A company official revealed the tentative launch date of the car, and stated that it will happen in early 2015. The launch of the car will stiffen the brutal battle that exists in SUV segment, few among the strong contenders for S101 is Volkswagen Taigun and Ford EcoSport.

Mahindra has thrilled the public with its incredible line up of sport utility vehicles, like XUV500, Scorpio and many others. The company’s SUV’s are strong sources of arch rivalry among other auto firms in the country. There has been an influx of SUV’s lately with the launch of Renault Duster, new Tata Safari Storm and Ford EcoSport.  The new SUV’s are built with modern SUV material different from that used in Mahindra Scorpio, and XUV500. Mahindra has still managed to churn amazing profits with Scorpio and at one time the sale portfolio of Scorpio was higher than Renault Duster.  The S101 might spin amazing profit stories just like the Scorpio.

Earlier news of spy images of Scorpio was the talk of the town, now there is a sudden appearance of test mule image of S101, and maybe a few months from now just like spy Scorpio facelift, the S101 might take the center stage. S101 has been in the spotlight for quite a while, and since the launch date is not anywhere close, and is developed on joint partnership basis with Ssangyong, the features have to be special and grand.

Mahindra S101 will have to battle it out with other upcoming SUV’s which is Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha and Hyundai ix 25 or Intrado. It will be interesting to observe the harsh battle of S101 with its contenders, and wonder how the S101 looks on the inside, and is in line with Mahindra’s conventional SUV creations.

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Mahindra S101 will be rolled out next year

One of the country’s top utility vehicle manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, in association with Sang Yong motors, has decided to develop a compact Utility Sports Vehicle which will be kept under the present day Quanto. This latest sports utility vehicle is being condemned as a S101. It may be priced at a cost of rupees five point five lakh. The extremely aggressive prices will be making a note of the cheapest SUV in India. Also, it is not just a revamped design of the existing automobile like the Quanto but is a new car all together. Along with Quanto and the small Verito will also be becoming the member of the sub four meter vehicle club’s members.

mahindra s101 rendering

The experts of the industry are of the belief that the S101 will be prepared on the platform which will be similar to XUV 500 as well as its chass shall be of the monologue built design exclusively to be used in the compact Suv. The over-all look of this SUV will be very much similar to hatchback. Although the bulk of its nose will be an additional feature. Additionally, it has also been given a rear mount wheel which will give this vehicle a very distinct appearance. S101 will be having sufficient space for six to seven passengers.

S101 is to be fabricated on a platform similar to the XUV500

Industry specialists think that S101 is to be fabricated on a stage like the XUV500 and its shape will be of monologue structure made particularly for utilization in compact sport utility vehicles. The complete look of the sport utility vehicle is quite like the hatchback, whilst bulk has been appended to the front side. In addition, it has a back mounted wheel, which offers the car a different look. The vehicle is supposed to have sufficient space volume for six riders, though there are also discussions on producing space for one or two additional occupants in the coming time. As per reports, the SangYong in addition to M&M are making plans to set up the engines boasting a capacitance of 1.2 ltr to 1.6 ltr in petrol in addition to the diesel edition. But the specialists of the business are of the faith that it could possess the related 1.5-liter Turbo diesel that is presently allowed in Quanto.

Mahindra’s S101 will be having a 2 seater space

From inside, Mahindra’s S101 will be having a 2 seater space in the front. Also, the driver seat would not be having a typical passenger seat bucket, for the passengers sitting in the model, sufficient leg space will be created in the frontage by deducting the console at the centre and then moving the knob gear ahead. However it some additional passengers, it will be interesting to watch the way the seat belts will be organized.

If we talk about the fuel capacity of the car, it is yet to be testes how it performs. However the Comport from Ford will be setting the benchmark for the SUV domain in the market. Ecosport might get a tough competition once the Maruti Suzuki’s xA Alpha is out on the roads. The domain leader Duster from Renault diesel trims will deliver the ARAI licensed fuel consumption rate of twenty point four kilometers. On the other hand the diesel model of the premier Rio compact car SUV will offer seventeen point five kilometers per hour.

Mahindra is working on a number of vehicles to challenge the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Ford EcoSport

Indian leading utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra is contemplating a number of new soft-roader models as well a new range of MPVs (multipurpose vehicles) in order to reinstate its leading position in the utility vehicle market in the country.

mahindra s101 rendering

Mahindra has confirmed the fact that the company is busy working on at least 3 to 4 soft roaders and a whole host of MPVs to cater the rising demands of the market and to beat competition from its rival companies. At present, the compact utility vehicle market gets very popular models from the house of Maruti Suzuki, Ford and Renault in the form of the Ertiga MPV, EcoSport compact SUV and Duster compact SUV respectively. And this is where; Mahindra is planning to attack with its new family of vehicles.

The soft-roader models or the utility vehicles that are primarily meant for the city roads are increasingly growing in demands, in which the models Maruti Ertiga, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster are the current rulers. Mahindra & Mahindra being the UV leader does not actually have a strong contender in the compact UV segment; while a lot other car makers such as Hyundai, Honda, Nissan and Fiat are all planning to roll out more new models in this segment pretty soon.

Now it has come into light that Mahindra is not only working on many such vehicles but is also working on an absolutely new design language for the MPVs to catch the attention of the young consumers. Mahindra is expected to make a new MPV based on the SsangYong X100’s platform to compete with the Ertiga, while an all new Xylo and a new MPV based on the W201’s platform are also on its cards. Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to unveil all these new vehicles after the financial year of 2015-16.

On the sidelines of the just concluded Auto Expo Mahindra’s ED & president of the automotive sector, Pawan Goenka said that the utility vehicle segment’s changing demands have led to the company’s new approach.

Goenka reveals that the company is now segregating the UV segment into UV-1 and UV-2. While UV-1 is the traditional form of UV’s with rugged strength and off-road capabilities and includes models such Scorpio, Sumo, Safari etc, the UV-2 is the soft-roader variety with plush interiors, vehicles that offer high comfort but looks like utility vehicles and this includes the models of Ertiga, EcoSport and Duster. He added that Mahindra is getting hurt in today’s market place as its strength lies in the UV-1 segment, while people are increasingly preferring the UV-2 models.

For the first time ever Mahindra is working on an all new design language which will rather be flamboyant to please the modern Indian customers who now prefer greatly styled vehicles.

Mahindra can’t possibly overlook the quality part and has started an initiative that is termed ‘Crusade’ by the company which focuses on high quality of each product ensuring wonderful customer experience.

Mahindra S101 five-seater SUV launch soon in India

Mahindra &Mahindra is surely a pioneer in the release of SUV cars and luxury segment. The company has something great in its shed for the SUV fanatics in the coming year. Being a pioneer in the production of SUV and MPV, the company is planning to release more of it in the preceding year.

mahindra s101 rendering

The next big release from Mahindra& Mahindra will be a sub-4m five occupant car which compacted with a petrol mill and will be positioned under the Scorpio segment. At present, three platforms are under development and the car will be launched commencing from 2015, stated the Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr. Pawan Goenka.

Similar to the XUV 500 and Scorpio, Dr. Goenka stated, the new product will serve as a market SUV range.

As per the sources, the very first of the series can be the amazing S101, as captured by the spyshots. The spyshots have so far revealed that Mahindra is yet to finalise the body parts of the yet to release vehicle. This can be stated by the fact that tail lamps, rear bumper and few bod panels weren’t seen when the test mule was seen on the road. Thus, the engineers suggest that they were running the car more as a powertrain mule more than anything else.

M&M has already made a confirmation in the previous year that it will be working on a series of petrol motors which will be inventively new. These 3 and 4 cylinder engines will work as ground ups and will be crafted and developed under the name of M&M.

The second release out of the three platforms will likely be christened as S102 as confirmed by Mr. Goenka. M&M is working to produce this 2nd platform which is bound to release in the year 2015 depending on the Ssangyong X100 basis. There are few pictures released of the practicing mules displayed online. One can surely check out all of these.

Mahindra is working from a long time and endeavouring its best to release the best from its shed in the coming years. After the XUV nothing more impeccable has been released from the sheds of the Mahindra. However, with so much planning and strategies, it will soon release S101 and S102 and the yet to be named car in the year 2015. They will all be released in the petrol versions and will be smaller than Scorpio.

Mahindra is also planning to release the face-lifted version of Scorpio. The Auto Expo will also prove to be a turning point for the company with so many releases lined up. Another statement made by the company of investing 500 crore in the commercial vehicle segment is also causing a lot of buzz. Thus, Mahindra is all full for the year 201 and 2015.

All we need to do is to wait for the releases and check out the new inventions made by the company for the coming years.

Mahindra S101 five-seater SUV to launch next year

Indian carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra which is a market leader in making sports utility vehicles in India, is now developing a new compact sports utility vehicle which will be ready for production by 2016. The firm has announced that its research engineers are developing three platforms on which future products will be constructed with varied body types. A compact SUV codenamed S101 is being tested which is a sub-4 meter compact passenger SUV smaller in size and price than its Scorpio. Sources within the firm have stated that this new compact car will be designed on the lines of its popular XUV500 and will be a mass market product.

mahindra s101 rendering

Though several spy shots of the S101’s test model have appeared on automobile sites, Mahindra has not finalized on launch design therefore is not making a formal announcement about launch of this product. This S101 will be placed between Scorpio and XUV500 and will compete against Ford’s Ecosport which is most popular car in this segment. If one looks carefully at the spyshots appearing on websites it is obvious that important body parts like taillights and rear bumper were missing on this test vehicle so Mahindra is likely to take time in finalizing complete model before release. It appears as if the upper body is just for test purpose and its engineers were trying actually testing its engine power, suspension and chassis strength.

Mahindra has recently stated that like its compatriot Tata Motors, its engineers are also working on developing a new range of petrol engines which will be used on its future products. This family of petrol engines will be in the range of three and four cylinder with 1.2 – 3 liter capacities. Besides the S101, Mahindra’s engineers are also working on a new platform based on SsangYong’s X100 so that it can develop a compact version of that car which will be codenamed S102. Since this new car will be slotted below Scorpio it could be priced in range of 5 – 6 lakhs similar to most mid range vehicles in this range. The S101 will be built on monocoque frame which is being regularly used for developing compact models of sedans and SUV’s due to better stability and balance.

From the outline of S101 spotted testing on Indian roads it is obvious that its frame is sleek with backward sweeping roof and prominent nose. Its rear door mounted spare tyre gives it an adventure car appearance and sources inside Mahindra have stated that though it is a compact vehicle the S101 will be able to seat 5 – 6 passengers. Since the firm is developing a new family of petrol engines the Mahindra 101 is likely to be presented with both diesel and petrol engine options. To increase performance and speed Mahindra will be empowering both diesel and petrol engines with six speed automatic gearbox and turbochargers. To create sufficient leg space for 5 – 6 passengers the designers are likely to remove central console and move gear controls ahead. Since there is fierce competition in this segment for fuel efficiency with Renault Duster showing highest at 20 kmpl, it will be interesting to see performance of Mahindra’s S101 model.

Mahindra & Mahindra gearing for fresh assault on Indian auto industry with a range of new vehicles

The Indian utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has been facing low sales rates for some time now, and as the Indian auto market is staying under the effect of slowdown, the company’s situation is not expected to turn any soon. However, Mahindra is not sitting quietly for the market situation to change and is preparing for a major attack on the Indian car market in the coming years with a slew of brand new cars.

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While for the time being Mahindra is making do with the refreshed 2014 Scorpio that is expected to boost its sales, the Indian auto major is busy developing new global models. In this year Mahindra is expected to offer only refreshed models of its existing product portfolio, but in the coming years a slew of new cars that are meant to take the Indian car market by storm. These new cars are going to be global vehicles, as Mahindra wishes to expand in the international auto industry.

For this huge expansion plans, Mahindra is working in collaboration with its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong Motors. The Indo-Korean auto companies are together developing many new platforms. As per reports, Mahindra is developing 6 new car platforms along with Ssangyong to produce a line of brand new vehicles. Moreover, the company is also developing a family of new engines that comprises of both diesel and petrol engines. Mahindra says that it can’t remain a diesel centric car company and needs to have many petrol models also in order to make a mark in the international car markets that are primarily petrol centric.

Mahindra has confirmed the developments and says that its petrol engines are not any sort of derivatives of its diesel engines and are being built from scratch. On the other hand, the new platforms that are going to debut with new models are expected to come out in the market by 2016.

The recent reports say that Mahindra and Ssangyong are currently working on a new compact SUV model that is going to challenge the likes of the Ford EcoSport. This new compact SUV model is codenamed as the S102 and is expected to be come into the Indian car market by the end of next year.

Mahindra has is already known to be working on the compact SUV model codenamed S101 that has gone into the testing phase already. The much speculated S101 is expected to be unveiled towards the end of this year or in the starting of 2015. This was previously expected to the primary upcoming rival of the EcoSport.

Moreover, now it has come into light that Mahindra and Ssangyong are working on another utility vehicle based on the new platforms named as S103 apart from the S102. Thus, Mahindra is bringing a whole lot of new vehicles to take the Indian car market by storm.

It is also likely that Mahindra is going to come up with more than one compact SUV models.

Mahindra & Mahindra gearing for fresh assault on Indian auto industry with a range of new vehicles