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Mahindra Quanto Facelift & XUV100 to be launched in Early 2015

The dull performance of the Quanto in the Indian automobiles market has further forced its maker Mahindra & Mahindra to re-launch the facelifted version of this model here. The entire make of the car seems to be changed with a newly sculpted nose and complete re-positioning of the over body of the car. Apart from this Mahindra is all set to launch its compact crossover model XUV100 which will be more spacious as the car makers claim it would be.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

As to what Pravin Shah, Mahindra & Mahindra’s president and chief executive for the company’s automotive division had to say to the media, two products of Mahindra will be launched this financial year which is most likely to be the Mahindra Quanto and the XUV100 which might be debuted in the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2016.

Let’s dig in deeper into the hood to know what these beauties have in store for the discerning enthusiasts. The Quanto will feature the 1.5 litre diesel engine which is expected to be adopted from the TUV300’s mHawk80 diesel engine. The uplifted version will also have the automatic gearbox which will play a major role in the entire performance output.

The XUV100 is expected to further carry the ‘tough guy under the hood’ legacy of the XUV. It will have the much talked about 1.2 petrol engine and 1.2 diesel engine both having their power transmitted through an automatic gearbox transmission. The estimated price of the XUV100 is 4-5 lakhs. So there is no doubt that the XUV100 is going to be a game changer for Mahindra if it does well against the hatchback segments of the Indian automobile industry. The XUV100 is most likely to be a six-seater which means more space as to what the hatchbacks offer in the same price range of 4-5 lakhs.

The XUV100 will rival the Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10 and the Chevrolet Beat. on the contrary the Facelifted Quanto will stand upright against the Maruti Ertiga. The XUV100 which is the second model of Mahindra built on the monocoque platform which basically points at having the chassis integrated with the body. This means that the XUV100 will be more spacious which adds on to the features that this vehicle has to compete with its rivals.

It would be interesting to see what will happen to the much talked about SUV like feature that Renault Kwid has to offer with the XUV100 being equally compact with realistic SUV features. Indeed it’s the compact SUVs that are drawing the attention and are growing day by day to be the most popular segment in the Indian automobiles industry. It’s yet to be seen whether the XUV100 will capitalize on this.

Mahindra is looking forward to rise up to the top at a fast pace in the small SUV segment and defeat its rivals with the launch of the XUV100. Adding fuel to this will also be the Mahindra Quanto which will be relaunched for good.

Mahindra & Mahindra bracing up for 2 new launches by March 2016

Homegrown utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra seems to have revived from its rough patch. After a long period of stifling sales, Mahindra & Mahindra has witnessed great sales growth in the last two months which marked the primary festive period this year. The Indian SUV master has been encouraged by a fortune turnover again and is expected to end this current calendar year on a good note, all thanks to its new model launches this year which comprises of the new Mahindra XUV500 facelift, new Mahindra Thar facelift, the Mahindra Jeeto commercial vehicle and the brand new Mahindra TUV300 sub-compact SUV. All these new launches were albeit also aided by the increased demands for the company’s old warhorses like the Bolero and Scorpio SUV.

Mahindra S101 Interiors spy picture

Now, it has come to light that Mahindra & Mahindra is readying up to launch two new vehicle models to its current lineup soon in the nest year. This means that the Indian car major is prepared well to get some major action and show its rivals that it is still the reigning ruler of the Indian utility vehicle market. The fact that Mahindra will be launching two new vehicles in the domestic market has been officially revealed.

While interacting with the media, the company’s President & Chief Executive of the Automotive division, Pravin Shah said that the financial year of 2016 is going to be a great comeback time for the company. He said that the sharp drop in the company’s rural sales seems to have got equalized, while the company’s latest product the TUV300 sub-compact SUV has been receiving good market response since its launch in September this year. And now, the company is all ready to add 2 more new products to its family that too within the ongoing financial year.

Shah also revealed his confidence on Mahindra’s ability to withstand as well as sustain the current sale rate growth. He said that considering the fact that the company’s current product portfolio is continuing with its success, while the brand new products are on the anvil, on the whole the company has moved to the positive territory. While the proper buoyancy might not be back, but the company is well prepared to handle the current market situation.

While replying a query on the new upcoming Mahindra S101 soft roader, he said that he is not in the position to make any comments on any future product launch, however he did mention that similar to the new TUV300, the company will continue with its trend of manufacturing tough and rugged vehicles although along with plush and comfortable car like features.

This means, that he confirms the fact that while the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will be a mini SUV model with patent tough capabilities, it will also offer the conveniences of a modern urban car to impress the Indian car buyers.

While one of the upcoming new products is certainly the soon to launch S101 micro-SUV, it is not yet clear which is the other new product.

Upcoming Mahindra S101 gets spied yet again revealing new chrome details

The new upcoming Mahindra S101 compact crossover is sure to launch in the Indian car market soon, and this is clearly indicated by the very short intervals in which the brand new vehicle is getting spied during its road tests nowadays. Now, it is very apparent that the Mahindra S101 has got all its production ready original parts on it while its new test prototypes go for their road test schedule. However, the more interesting part is that apart from shedding all its dummy parts, the upcoming vehicle also seems to be losing its heavy camouflages bit by bit as it inches forward towards its actual market launch.

mahindra s101 rendering

Mahindra S101 Rendering

This is pretty apparent, as the shutterbugs that go crazy around the Mahindra S101 are offering new details about the vehicle every now and then. Just recently, the car flaunted a more hatchback-crossover design amalgamation through its thin veils while also revealing Chevy Beat-like door handles. Now, as the vehicle gets spied again during its test runs on the roads, it has revealed its original chrome details as well. Thus, revealing its exterior design language bit by bit.

As per the new set of spy pictures, the pre-production test mule of the new upcoming Mahindra S101 has revealed its rear bumper design that comes with stylish chrome bezels for its sporty angular reflectors.

After the recently launched Mahindra TUV300, the still codenamed S101 will be a big launch from the Indian SUV leader, which is betting big on these new small vehicles to revive its sales. The S101 is speculated to be called the XUV100 or the KUV100 though there’s no official word on it. The Mahindra S101 will be sub-4 meter compact crossover model that will be placed in the market as a micro-SUV model. Owing to its size, styling and expected price range, the S101 is expected to be fighting with the popular hatchback models such as the Maruti WagonR and the compact SUV models like the Ford EcoSport alike in the Indian car market.

The upcoming Mahindra S101 SUV is based on a monocoque platform and will not get a boxy design language that is patent to Mahindra. The S101 will be offered in both petrol and diesel versions in India. Its diesel avatar is expected to be equipped with the new mHawk 80 3 cylinder 1.5 liter engine from the TUV300, while its petrol version is going to debut a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor which has been co-developed with Mahindra’s South Korean subsidiary, SsangYong. The transmission options on the vehicle will include a 5 speed manual gearbox and an AMT or automated manual transmission gearbox.

The much awaited and highly spied Mahindra S101 micro-SUV model is expected to hit the Indian car market by the end of this current calendar year of 2015. Mahindra is expected to be pricing its new compact SUV warrior very aggressively with its starting price tag likely to be around Rs. 4 lakhs.

Upcoming new Mahindra S101 to get equipped with new 1.2 diesel and petrol motors

As Mahindra & Mahindra is gearing up to launch it’s long awaited and constantly speculated S101, the buzz regarding the brand new compact crossover is getting more intense. So far, there have been great speculations regarding the category of the new sub-4 meter vehicle and its actual official name. And while these speculations regarding the still codenamed Mahindra S101 continue, fresh rumors have it that the vehicle will get a new 1.2 liter diesel engine.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

While it has been confirmed that the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will be launching in both petrol and diesel versions and will be getting powered by a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol engine, its diesel motor was not confirmed. So far, it was widely believed that the S101 will be getting a 1.5 liter diesel mill, most probably the one that powers the newly launched Mahindra TV300. However, as per the latest reports the new S101 will be equipped feature a new 1.2 liter diesel as well as a 1.2 liter petrol engine, while no 1.5 liter diesel motor would be on offer.

An automotive portal claims that company sources revealed that the soon to launch Mahindra S101 will pack in 1.2 diesel and petrol motors. While the S101’s petrol motor is a newly developed engine that will mark Mahindra’s entry into the petrol vehicle market, the 1.2 liter diesel motor is thought to be dwindled version of the TUV300’s 1.5 liter mHawk diesel mill.

It is also pretty much certain by now, that the new upcoming Mahindra S101, won’t be a compact hatchback as some rumors say and will actually be a sub-4 meter crossover which Mahindra’s patent tough SUV DNA. The S101 will be 6-seater small crossover that the company will be presenting as a micro-SUV model. Owing to its small size, the S101 post its official market launch will not only challenge the likes of the Ford EcoSport compact crossover, but also popular hatchback models such as the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, which will fall in the similar price bracket. This means that Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to price the S101 very aggressively in the range of around Rs. 4.5 lakhs.

The brand new upcoming Mahindra S101 is built on a new monocoque chassis, which will make it tough. The vehicle will get a 3+3 seating configuration featuring a bench type front seat to offer more space. The S101 is also expected to offer great safety features including 4 airbags, anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake-force distribution system and electronic stability Programme.

This new upcoming sub-4 meter mini-SUV is also likely to arrive with an AMT gearbox option. The still codenamed S101’s actual name has also been a highly speculated and debated one. While some reports say that the S101 will be christened as the XUV100, others say that it will be called the KUV100, while others still say it will be known as the CUV100. Whatever be the name, we hope to see the actual Mahindra S101 soon in the showrooms.

Mahindra says the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will wholly different from the TUV300

Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra has been suffering from plummeting sales rates for quite some time now, but is currently well braced to turn the situation into a more favorable one for itself. The leading SUV maker of the country has just launched its brand new compact SUV model – Mahindra TUV300 on 10th of this month, and now it is preparing to launch another all-new product in the domestic car market in the form of the codenamed S101.

Mahindra TUV300

The Mahindra S101 has been a largely awaited product which has been getting spied for over two years now and was thought to be the first compact SUV model from Mahindra’s stable to launch ahead of the TUV300. However, the S101 is yet to launch in the market. However, reports have it that Mahindra & Mahindra is going to launch the new compact vehicle very soon and if speculations are to be believed, Mahindra is going to call the new vehicle the Mahindra XUV100. Though, we would like some new name for the brand new S101 instead of something which seems to be the baby version of the XUV500, if Mahindra really chooses this name then it may be thinking of giving the idea of a small premium SUV with this vehicle.

As both the new Mahindra TUV300 and the upcoming Mahindra XUV100 are compact sub-meter models, it is easy for people to think that they will be similar vehicles offered as options to the Indian SUV buyers. However, as per Mahindra’s executive director Dr. Pawan Goenka, these two baby SUVs will be completely dissimilar and thus, won’t cannibalize each other’s sales in the market.

Goenka told the media that the company is conscious about the fact that it does not offer very similar products and stressed that there are many major differences between these two new compact SUV models which have been built to cater to different demands and requirements of the buyers, while terms of pricing as well these two models are different. He said by adding that the company intends to offer a different appeal with the new Mahindra S101.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Goenka further said that the company has made TUV300 to appeal to the audience while like tough and rugged appeal, while the S101 will be different. He said that he can’t even imagine that a customer will be able to compare the S101 with the TUV300, giving the impression that they are that different vehicles.

The S101 is thus, expected to be more stylish and sleek looking to appear wholly different than the TUV300.

The brand new Mahindra S101 will be equipped with a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor making it Mahindra’s first vehicle with an in-house petrol engine. This petrol engine has been developed by Mahindra in collaboration with its Korean subsidiary SsangYong.

The Mahindra S101 will be a light weight vehicle based on a monocoque chassis. Recently, it is believed to be a competitor of the B-Segment hatchbacks such as Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Celerio.

Upcoming Mahindra S101 speculated to be christened as the KUV100

Homegrown auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra has grabbed attention again with the recent launch of its brand new Mahindra TUV compact SUV. However, within days of its launch the focus has shifted to another brand new Mahindra vehicle, which is still codenamed as the S101. Well, it is nothing new for the upcoming new Mahindra S101 to be in the news, as the vehicle has been in news for too long now; more than two years and is certainly one of most spied and speculated new vehicle in India. Surprisingly, the Mahindra S101 always seems to be a center of attraction despite the long wait. And, when the new vehicle is finally expected to launch soon (certain this time around) in India, there are numerous speculations regarding the moniker of the vehicle.

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

As per the latest report by an automotive portal, the new upcoming Mahindra S101 is going to be christened as the Mahindra KUV100 when it launches in India. On the other hand, just recently rumors were doing the round that Mahindra is going to call the S101 as the Mahindra XUV100. The one thing common in both the speculated names for the S101 is the numeral ‘100’, though the prefix changes from XUV to KUV.

Though the report claims that the Mahindra S101 will be called the KUV100, it is not really clear as yet what the letter ‘K’ implies in the moniker. The reporting site thinks it could stand for ‘Krossover’, which would be a diversion of crossover and doesn’t really seem to fit in, as Mahindra uses actual words for the abbreviated alpha-numeric names for its other products such as the XUV500 where ‘X’ stands for ‘Generation X’, and TUV300 where ‘T’ stands for ‘Tough.’

Whatever the name be, the focus is back on the Mahindra S101 as it will be an entire new vehicle from Mahindra that will pack in a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor. Apart from the new petrol engine, the S101 is expected to get the same mHawk80 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel mill that debuted on the newly launched Mahindra TUV300. The engines will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission along with an AMT option.

Mahindra & Mahindra is also speculated to be working hard to make the S101 very aggressively priced. It will be another sub-4 meter compact vehicle, while its category is speculated ranging from a SUV to a tall-boy hatchback that would go up against the likes of the Maruti Wagon R and Chevrolet Beat.

The Mahindra S101 is also speculated to have designed inputs from the Italian design house Pininfarina, which Mahindra is going to take over. The S101 is also likely to have a contemporary design with safety features like ABS and Airbags as an option for all variants.

Mahindra’s executive director Dr. Pawan Goenka has recently said that the S101 will be a completely different product than the new TUV300.

Getting back to the speculated name, while XUV100 sounds better, KUV100 is more unique as it doesn’t sound like a slashed down XUV500. We hope to know the confirmed name for the Mahindra S101 soon.

Codenamed Mahindra S101 to be christened as the XUV100

The new upcoming Mahindra compact SUV that is codenamed as the S101 has been in the news for more than two years now and has been one of the most spied upcoming vehicles in India. This highly awaited baby SUV model from Mahindra & Mahindra is one of two compact SUV launches that have been promised by the company for this year. The other compact SUV model from the house of this Indian SUV master is already known as the TUV300 which will launch tomorrow on 10th September. The TUV300 is all set to fight in the highly popular compact SUV segment of India and has been developed on a new ladder-frame platform along with the seating capacity for seven occupants.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Coming back to the Mahindra S101, this will be another tough fighter to the likes of the Ford EcoSport primarily, as this one too will be a sub-4 meter compact SUV model. The upcoming new Mahindra S101 is developed on a brand new monocoque platform that comes with a front wheel drive system as per the reports.

Now, as per the reports the codenamed S101 will be christened as the Mahindra XUV100. This name of the upcoming product is pretty confirmed, as a new website by the name of ‘www.mahindraxuv100.com’ has been registered to Mahindra’s head office in Mumbai.

The new Mahindra XUV100’s name might not be so impressive, as it gives the notion of a slashed down version of the already existing premium XUV500 SUV. However, in reality the XUV100 is an entirely new compact SUV that has been built from scratch up. Thus, Mahindra would have done better, if it named the vehicle in a better way with something completely new and unique. However, with this name may be the company is giving an idea that the new vehicle will be a premium and up-class SUV like the XUV500 only in a smaller package.

Earlier spy pictures have already revealed that the new upcoming Mahindra XUV100 will be offering a seating capacity of 6 occupants despite being a compact vehicle. It will have a 3+3 seating arrangement, and its interiors will get a bench-type seat at the front, allowing ample space to seat 3 occupants. The spy shots have also revealed that the baby SUV will also feature a console mounted gearlever, a 2-DIN music system, a stacked center console, a three spoke multifunction steering wheel and manual AC among others.

According to the reports, the new Mahindra XUV100 compact SUV will be coming in both petrol and diesel versions and will be powered by a newly developed 3 cylinder 1.2 liter petrol mill and a diesel engine respectively. Similar to the Mahindra TUV300, the XUV100 is also expected to standard manual transmission along with AMT gearbox option along with only a 2WD layout.

Post its Indian launch, because of its compact size and design, the XUV100 will not only rival the compact SUVs, but also offer competition to the B segment hatchbacks such as the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and the likes.

Mahindra S101 Interior Revealed in New Spy Shots

Mahindra & Mahindra is all braced up with its all new vehicles to reclaim its positioning in the domestic car market. While the Indian SUV leader is ready to launch its new compact SUV model the TUV300 on 10th of September, it is also preparing the long awaited S101 compact SUV for its imminent Indian launch.

Mahindra S101 Interiors spy picture

The codenamed S101 compact SUV is going to be the second brand new compact baby SUV model from the Mahindra stable, which will follow the launch of the TUV300. The S101 has been a very much anticipated new launch, as the vehicle has been on test for over two years now and has also been highly spied. Now, a fresh batch of spy pictures of the new Mahindra S101 baby SUV has been splashed on the web, which offer a number of new details about the S101’s interior.

The spy pictures have been posted by a popular auto portal, revealing more of the interiors of the Mahindra S101 SUV. According to these latest spy shots, the S101 will get a very contemporary looking cabin decked in dual tone upholstery, a stylish 3-spoke steering wheel, touchscreen integrated multimedia system and classy faux wood inserts on the inside door panels for really impressive looks.

It has been already revealed before that the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will have a 6-seater configuration with a 3+3 seating arrangement. There will be foldable bench type seat at the front for enhanced space and comfort of the occupants. As per the new pictures, the vehicle seems to have missed out on some convenient features such as the rear AC vent.

The S101 is expected to be offered in both diesel and petrol options for wider appeal to the customers. Under the hood, the upcoming new Mahindra S101 is expected to be equipped with a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor and a new 1.5 liter diesel mill. The engines are expected to be mated to 5 speed manual transmission gearbox as standard, while an AMT or Automated Manual Transmission gearbox is also said to be on the cards.

The new upcoming Mahindra S101 is expected to hit the Indian car market by the end of the current calendar year, soon after the launch of the new TUV300 compact SUV. The S101 is expected to come with a competitive price tag.

In the meantime, Mahindra is busy with the pre-launch activities of the new TUV300 next month, just prior to the Indian festive season this year. The new upcoming Mahindra TUV300 baby SUV is an entirely new vehicle like the S101, and has been designed with the inputs of the famous design firm Pininfarina. The yet to launch Mahindra TUV300 will be powered by a new mHawk80 motor under the hood, which has been teased by the Indian car giant. The Mahindra TUV300 will probably get features such as an infotainment system integrated with touchscreen, stylish three-spoke steering wheel, a flat roof, a spare wheel mounted on its tailgate and short overhangs.

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Mahindra launches 3 New Cars already, another 6 to follow suit this FY

Indian car major and utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is not able get out of its demand drop woes even while the other car makers are experiencing decent sales growth. However, Mahindra & Mahindra never seems to feel low and works with more vigor to overcome its sales woes whenever it faces some. Right now, this is what exactly the home grown car major is doing. While being very positive about its future market prospects, Mahindra is working on a slew of new vehicles in order to boost its sales considerably. The car major has announced that it is bracing up for a major launch attack on the domestic market pretty soon.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

During the launch of the new refreshed Mahindra XUV500, the company’s executive Dr. Pawan Goenka revealed that Mahindra & Mahindra will be launching as many as 9 new models within this current financial year. He had further thrown light on the development by saying that among these new 9 launches, 3 will be all new vehicle model, 3 will be major refreshed models, and the remaining 3 will be minor facelift models.

Till now this year, Mahindra has already launched the new refreshed XUV500, the Scorpio Automatic variant and the new Thar facelift models. Now, the Indian company is expected to expand its portfolio by introducing an all new vehicle model very soon in the form of the TUV300 compact SUV, while more are expected to come in the next 7 months’ time.

Mahindra & Mahindra has already teased its new upcoming TUV300 sub-compact SUV model by posting its official sketches which have gone viral online. The new Mahindra TUV300 is slated for its official market launch in the month of September this year, while it will be exported to the offshore car markets from next year onwards.

Another new SUV model that is expected to come soon after the TUV300, is the heavily spied codenamed S101 compact sports utility vehicle. For over two years, the S101 has been getting spied while testing on the roads. This all new compact SUV is said to be the company’s perfect contender against the very popular Ford EcoSport urban SUV.

Then there are the electric car models from Mahindra’s stable. Encouraged by the Indian government’s recently introduced subsidy scheme for the eco-friendly electric vehicles, FAME Mahindra is planning to introduce the electric version of its popular Verito sedan to join the company’s electric vehicle portfolio which currently has only the Reva e2o. Mahindra & Mahindra is also getting to launch the new Bolero facelift and the new Xylo facelift models within this financial year.

Taking into consideration, the all new two compact SUV models from the stable of Mahindra quite soon, market experts think that the company should re-consider its strategy for the compact Quanto, which has lost its popularity in the market. When asked to throw light on the expected facelift Quanto, Dr. Goenka simply told to wait and watch, while refraining to give any definitive details.

Mahindra to launch more products by end of March 2016

Mr Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra said recently that in order to fight the very harmful volatility in the sector Mahindra and Mahindra, the Indian carmakers have decided to launch a handful of vehicles in the period between October to March during the current financial year. This big announcement was made keeping in mind the throat cut competition happening in the Indian market due to the successful run of many new and modified car models from the big companies. He further added in front of the company shareholders that the company is very much confident about the vehicles they have lined up to get launched and they have all the abilities to change the face of Indian car market in a good way. He said that the vehicles that the company is having in the pipeline have the factor they need to break into the market in a big way and that they are going to show the said abilities in the second half of this year when they start entering the market one by one.

Mahindra TUV300

Stating the importance of resilience, Mr. Anand Mahindra got quite excited as he compared the company with a bamboo and said that is has all the abilities to go through the most difficult of times and succeed never the less. He further added that the sales of the Mahindra vehicles have dropped to 10 percent in the final quarter of the last fiscal year and its probably most profitable sector, the tractor segment got plummeted by a big 30 percent. It reminded the company of the time during the third quarter of the year 2009 when the net profit recorded by the company was a very shameful 1 crore rupees.

He also said that, even after doubling the volume drops for the Mahindra tractors which is touted as the biggest drop in the volume in the last decade, they generated a profit of a whopping 617 crore rupees while achieving a profit margin of 11.8 percent. He said that it was made possible only because of the right measures taken in order to protect the profits and the revenue.

Mr Anand Mahindra also said that during the financial year 2014-15 even the top manufacturers recorded a big decline in the sales of original equipment due to the fact that the demand was on a downslide on a global level. And to further complicate the matter, the tractor market, where the company is the most successful than any other segment, had a remarkable drop in the total growth except for one or two states. He also mentioned the fact that the farm equipment market isn’t showing any promises to grow during the September either. Their tractor sales were decreased by 12 percent in the last month and he said that he expects that the market low will continue during the remaining months of the quarter as well. But the silver lining is that the monsoon season is expected to be quite good this year and October will be the month to recover all the losses.