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.
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.