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.
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.
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.