The Mahindra S101 is certainly one of the most spied upcoming vehicles in India, as the compact SUV keeps on getting spied regularly while going about its test rounds that has been going on for around two years now. The compact SUV from the house of Mahindra & Mahindra has been recently caught doing its test rounds on the Indian roads while a Maruti Swift happened to be driving next to it in the traffic. This image certainly offers a very early accurate idea of what the Mahindra S101 is actually going to look like next to the Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Wondering why the Mahindra S101 compact SUV is being compared to the Maruti Swift hatchback? This is because the Mahindra S101 is not only going to give a tough fight to the likes of the Ford Ecosport, but also to some of the top compact hatchbacks in the country, as the S101 is going to be a under-4 meter vehicle.
The Mahindra S101 is slotted to launch next year, post which it is expected to give tough competition to the models such as the Swift, as the S101’s design is also going to be more like hatchbacks and it is going to be affordably priced as well in the range of around Rs. 5 lakhs.
The Mahindra S101 being a sub-4 meter compact SUV will feature a slopping roofline and come with more hatchback like styling and not look like a boxy conventional SUV. It is going to be great city car with its compact proportions, while it is also going to offer the tough off-road capabilities and high seating position of a SUV. Thus, the S101 is going to offer the benefits of both a compact hatchback and a quality SUV.
Moreover, the Mahindra S101 is also going offer the seating arrangement to accommodate 6 people including the driver, despite its compact proportions. It features a bench type front seat accommodating three people at the front of the vehicle’s cabin, while the gear lever is placed on the dashboard to offer ample amount of legroom at the front.
Under the hood, Mahindra S101 will debut Mahindra’s newly developed 1.2 liter petrol and a 1.2 liter diesel engine. The compact SUV will offer an extensive range of great equipments and safety features. It is going to be sturdy SUV as it is going be based on an entirely new monocoque platform offering great performance and body strength and stability.
Nothing much is yet known about the upcoming S101’s exterior design language, but it is speculated to take inspiration from the Mahindra XUV500 premium SUV. The still codenamed S101 is also speculated to be called the XUV300. It is said to be offering great style and premium feel to compete with the very popular hatchbacks like the Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10. The S101’s direct market competitors will be the Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Nexon compact SUVs.