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.
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.