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Mahindra & Mahindra’s planned upcoming vehicles for India

India’s leading utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra is facing tough competition, as all the other car majors seem to be interested in the UV segments. India has been always a tough vehicle loving market, and it is very natural on the context of the very bad road conditions of the country. The roads in India pose as big challenges for the vehicles, as they are mostly rough, unpredictable and badly maintained. Roads on the remote parts of India are even more hostile making it necessary to travel in rough and tough and reliable vehicles. Nowadays, even the city dwellers are leaning towards the SUVs, and to cater to these demands the car majors are pouring in compact SUV models that offer the convenience of both city cars as well as SUVs. Thus, the market competition is really spiraling.  Moreover, Mahindra does not currently have any able compact SUV model in the market and its only compact offering the Quanto has lost its initial charm.

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra & Mahindra being the SUV leader of its home market certainly does not wish to fall behind in the increasing competition and thus it is ready with a slew of new models to be launched in the Indian market in the next few years. Mahindra certainly has huge plans and has many UV models in its schedule, as the Indian car major itself says that it has got car launches planned for as far as the year 2020. The car major is also building many new platforms and a new family of petrol and diesel engine. However, we only know of few very important upcoming vehicles from Mahindra that are expected to come in the next year.

First in line comes the Mahindra S101, which has been long in news. This one is going to be the primary compact SUV contender from Mahindra & Mahindra that will go against the likes of the very popular Ford Ecosport. This still codenamed upcoming SUV from Mahindra is going to be a sub-4 meter compact SUV that will get excise duty benefits and thus is expected to come with great aggressive price tag. It is going to come with a seating capacity of 6 occupants thanks to its front bench type seat. It is also going to be a feature-rich SUV and is expected to get an up-market style inspired from the XUV500. The S101 is expected to launch towards the beginning of next year.

Followed by the S101, the next-gen Mahindra Bolero is expected to hit the Indian market. The all new Bolero is internally codenamed as project U301. The all new Bolero MUV is expected to be greatly improved vehicle similar to that of the new-gen Scorpio. It is going to come in two sizes this time around, one full-sized and the other a compact sub-4 meter variant.

Mahindra & Mahindra is also said to be working on a next-gen Quanto or a Quanto replacement that will be based on the new Scorpio’s platform. It is also expected to get new engines to fight better in the market.

Cost of S101 revealed at Rs 3.99 lakhs

Mahindra is working on a new S101 SUV; it is among the most sought after upcoming cars, built on a joint partnership basis with Ssangyong. So much is written about the car, and the unanswered question was the price, news of the average price of the car has been exposed and it is expected to cost Rs 3.99 lakhs.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

S101 is an exclusive car which has a design structure that is varied from many of its kind. The styling is modern with clam shell bonnet architecture; it is a two box vehicle which means the interior space is going to be constrained. There is not much of a compromise on the headroom area, the roofline will slope downwards towards the rear, the shoulder line will be sharp and the doors will have slight horizontal creases which make add a bigger length dimension to the vehicle compared to the current measurement. The size of tires and wheel is smaller against the capacity of the car. The exciting element of S101 is the design, it is a SUV, but has the visuals of a hatchback, which implies an impressive mileage power.

Mahindra will incorporate S101 with a robust engine structure, the company is developing a seven power train family, all of it engineered on the same platform, and the variables are fuel, and displacement powers. The variants will have 1.2 liter petrol and diesel engines, a 1.5 liter diesel mill and 1.6 liter diesel engine. There will also be an additional 1.0 liter and 1.5 liter petrol engine. The average energy efficiencies churned by the engines are 240Nm and 100bhp.

The interiors of S101 is as distinctive as the exteriors, the front compartment has three bench seats, which is going to excite the crowd to no end. There is also a three spoke steering wheel fitted with audio controls, a polished instrument cluster that is likely to have a dial-inside-dial theme adopted from XUV500, there is also a multi-information display that showcases relevant information on mileage, tripmeter and so on. The air con vents are rectangular in shape, and the gearlever merged with dashboard to accommodate the bench seats. There is a world class music system and the most loaded car will have an automatic climate control unit.

Mahindra is a forerunner of the SUV market, for years the firm has developed class performing models such as XUV500, Bolero, Scorpio and Quanto. Although the company has the SUV supremacy engraved in it, it has to be wary of the current and upcoming competition, when launched, it’s one of a kind design structure is going to make it a threat to Tata Nixon, Volkswagen Taigun and Ford Ecosport. The car will also compete with the forthcoming Hyundai ix25 and Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha cars.

For months, so much of excitement is centered on S101; it’s got a new design twist, and certainly a potential threat to its competition. The description of the car is mysterious and inspiring, and what is even more exciting is the price of Rs 3.99 lakhs.

The upcoming Mahindra S101 gets spied again – rear design details

The new upcoming Mahindra S101 has surely created a record for getting spied innumerable times for a long time now. The new upcoming sub-4 meter SUV from the house of the Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra is still known by its codename S101 and is continuing its tests on the Indian roads. The upcoming Mahindra baby SUV is expected to finally have its long awaited market launch in early 2015.

Mahindra S101 spied

Mahindra S101 spied

The Mahindra S101 has yet again got spied which it was religiously following its tests schedule prior to its official market launch. The compact SUV has now caught from the rear side. Though the SUV maintains its thick veil of camouflages, it can be easily ascertained that Mahindra is not going to make this baby SUV look like the traditional full-fledged SUV models. It has already been reported earlier that the S101 is going to look more like the modern hatchbacks considering its small size and its urban vehicle status. The S101 is going to be primarily an urban vehicle along with raised ground clearance and great rough road handling capabilities like any good SUV. However, on the whole it is going to look more like a hatchback, and its rear part indicates towards the same. The veiled rear part of the spied S101 surely points that it is going to come with city car stance rather than that of a tough SUV.

The upcoming Mahindra S101 being a sub-4 meter vehicle is also going to get excise duty benefits from the Indian government and thus, is going to be priced highly competitively. According to the sources, Mahindra is trying hard to offer the vehicle with the lowest possible price tag that should completely awe-struck the Indian SUV buyers. It is being speculated that the S101 could be tagged as low as a starting Rs. 3.99 lakhs. Moreover, despite this incredible low price tag, the S101 is expected to be an up-market vehicle loaded with a plethora of alluring premium features.

If the Indian car major can really make the S101 a superbly packed premium baby SUV with an unbelievable low price tag, then it will surely simply kill the competition from its market rivals. Mahindra’s S101 is primarily an answer to the very popular Ford EcoSport. The compact SUV segment of India is soon going to get many more upcoming models including, Maruti XA Alpha, Volkswagen Taigun, Tata Nexon and many more.

The new upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV is speculated to offer great many features including, rear A.C vents, cruise control, electrically adjustable OVRMs, pushbutton start/stop system, up-market upholstery and more. It is also expected to be designed attractively taking styling cues from the much larger premium Mahindra XUV500. Another great USP of the upcoming S101 will be its seating capability. While the SUV will be a sub-4 meter compact vehicle, it will have the capacity to accommodate 6 people in its cabin, thanks to its bench type front seat resulting in 3+3 seating arrangement.

S101 and next generation Bolero are amazing cars to look forward to in 2015

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

S101 and next-generation Bolero are compact sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) scheduled to launch in 2015. The cars are engineered on a new innovative platform, and both are sub four meter SUV’s. S101 is a micro SUV and the next-generation Bolero is christened U301.

S101 is developed on a joint partnership basis with Mahindra and Ssangyong, the engine development is new as well, which is a 1.2 liter petrol engine that will be fitted into S101 and U301. The diesel car will run on a 1.5 liter engine also fitted into Quanto. U310 and S101 are exciting new cars to look forward to; car enthusiasts have captured test mules of both models.

S101 is going to an intriguing car; it’s packed with one of kind elements rarely visible on the present range of SUV’s. The styling of the bonnet is an extraordinary clamshell type filled with modern cues. The nature of hood scoop is more muscular, the car is engineered into a fashionable two box structure and sources are clear on the abundant interior room which is going to make it a threat to its competition. The sporty type of roofline will flow downwards, which means decreased head room space, and take note of few cutting-edge horizontal creases that adds additional length to the car. The dimension of wheel is relatively compared to the overall dimension of the vehicle. It is expected to move on a power packed mileage.

S101 is a new form of SUV excitement and will be offered in the innovative 3+3 seating configuration. The exhilaration lies in the bench seat tucked in the front, and to accommodate sufficient space to fit in three occupants the position of gear shift lever is stacked on dashboard to enhance the level of space. According to the buzz Mahindra may consider building a automated manual transmission gearbox (AMT)

Bolero is a high selling utility vehicle of Mahindra, the new U301 Bolero car will replace the present ageing car. The vehicle is a product of new innovation evident with the vision to construct a hydroformed ladder frame chassis. The SUV will be constructed with an intense level of aggressiveness and power and will captivate its customers to the core. It is the perfect upcoming product for the adventure crazy demographic.

The forthcoming Bolero will arrive in a greater feature package with new muscular bumper, and slender front grille, the sophisticated rear has crystal clear tail lights. The new headlights will emit clear illumination, and the ground clearance value is 180m.

The interior of new Bolero will have newly styled seats, electronic shift transfer case and dashboard panel. The inner space is vast to tuck in seven occupants, and there are ample storage spots on the central console to stuff magazines, pens and all kinds of items.

Mahindra keen to refresh its product range

Mahindra has recently refreshed its age old Scorpio, the car has been on the scene for over ten years.  The company launched the new Scorpio facelift in September, and within four days post launch, 3,000 vehicles were booked. Despite the instant success, Mahindra is considering a strategy that will involve quick refreshed models of its cars.

2015 Mahindra S101 Front view

2015 Mahindra S101 Front view

The head of automotive division of Mahindra, Pawan Goenka commented on the expected future performance of the new Scorpio facelift and said, ‘’ the car will remain a success only if it generates impressive outcomes consistently for at least a few more years from now, till the investment revenues are recovered. ‘’

Scorpio is among the popular models of the stables of Mahindra, and also a high-selling SUV in India. The car has been a steady performer all through the years; Mahindra has however not witnessed desirable outcomes with its famous Bolero utility vehicle. It is the most popular utility vehicle of Mahindra, but its sale performance has been rather inconsistent, with an 11% sale decline.

Scorpio and Bolero are steady profit gainers for Mahindra, and the two cars contributed 65% of overall utility vehicle sales. Although the company has gained significant sale volumes with Scorpio and Bolero, Goenka is of the firm view that it is difficult to revisit the success of Scorpio at witnessed twelve years ago. The market share volume of utility vehicle dipped recently, according to a data provided by (SIAM) Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers the decline fell to 37% from 55%.

Mahindra is a pioneer of the utility vehicle market, the competition levels in this segment has increased lately, contributed by the arrival of Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, it is not just the competition that has hindered the profit making ability of Mahindra recently, the firm has not enhanced its utility vehicle product launch portfolio recently, within a long span of 24 months.

Honda too has invested majorly in the utility vehicle segment with the launch of Mobilio MPV. It is an instant success and a threat to Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV, which is a strong contender to Mahindra Xylo. The consumer preference levels in the SUV space has recently drifted towards Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport, and lesser attention was paid on Mahindra products.

Mahindra has built its SUV’s with a typical rugged appearance; different from the recent products from Renault and Ford that have brought in modernized SUV’s covered with impeccable shine visible on Duster and EcoSport. The market is getting filled with products from Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Volkswagen and General Motors. Mahindra is among the first to capture vast shares of SUV segment, the competition has just bulked up recently, to flow with the battle tide, the company has recently launched the new Scorpio facelift with a more modernized covering from the past.

The new Scorpio facelift is a well groomed model of the past, and sports a more professional design. Mahindra is working on a refreshed Bolero car as well, with the same strategy to enhance design professionalism. Let’s watch out for many more of such refreshes.

The next-gen Bolero and S101 mini SUV caught testing together; new interior details

The Indian SUV leader Mahindra & Mahindra is very busy working on several new models in order to beat growing market competition and to reinstate its leading position in its home market. Among the number of new vehicles in the pipeline from the house of Mahindra, the mostly spied S101 compact SUV has been regularly in news for over two years now. The S101 was joined pretty recently by another new Mahindra vehicle, the next generation Bolero which is supposed to come this time around along with its compact counterpart as well. Both these upcoming Mahindra vehicles have been spied many times. And now, new set of spy images have been posted on the internet that reveals both the vehicles testing side by side.

Mahindra S101 spied

Mahindra S101 spied

The next generation Mahindra Bolero which is codenamed as the U301 and the company’s new compact SUV codenamed S101 have been caught while the vehicles were testing together. Not only the two vehicles were spied together, but the new set of spy pictures also throw light on the new details of these two vehicles’ interiors.

Bothe the all new Bolero and the S101 baby SUV are scheduled to launch next year. While the S101 is expected to launch within the first quarter of 2015, the next-en Bolero is going to launch sometime later in the year. The S101 is going to get powered by the newly developed engine range of the company which is going to debut under the hood of the S101 next year, while the next-gen Bolero is also expected to feature them. Among a family of new petrol and diesel engines from Mahindra, the S101 is going to get the new 1.2 liter petrol and diesel motors.

Now, coming to the new set of spy images and the revelation they make about the vehicles’ interiors. As per the spy shots, the next-gen Bolero is likely to feature a newly designed dashboard along with a new central console, new rectangular shaped AC vents and a new three spoke steering wheel. The vehicle is also going to get a bigger screen infotainment system. The fully camouflaged test mule of the Bolero is surely expected to come with new styling, but the overall shape of the vehicle says that the basic design language of the SUV will be retained. The Bolero is also expected to come this time with two body sizes, namely a full sized version and a new sub-4 meter compact version.

The S101 is Mahindra’s first full-fledged sub-4 meter SUV contender to fight in the country’s increasingly popular compact SUV market. It is likely to feature steering wheel mounted controls for the infotainment system and auto climate control among others.

Post its market launch, the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will be rivaling with Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Nexon. The S101 is expected to be competitively tagged in a price range of around Rs. 5 to Rs. 7 lakh.

The Mahindra S101 readying up to challenge great hatchbacks – Spied next to Maruti Swift

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.

Mahindra S101 spied

Mahindra S101 spied

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.

What we know about the Mahindra S101 compact SUV – launch details, new petrol mill, expected price

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been in the news for long, as this is a proper baby SUV contender from the Indian SUV leader and has been getting spied regularly while doing test rounds. Till now we know quite a few details about this new baby SUV from the house of Mahindra & Mahindra which is still codenamed as the S101. Though the SUV has always been spotted with full body camouflages, the eagle eyes of the spy photographers have already revealed many details about this upcoming vehicle.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

To begin with, the Mahindra S101 will be a sub-4 meter SUV in order to compete in the highly popular and emerging mini SUV segment in India and will fight directly with the very successful Ford Ecosport. The sub-4 meter length of the S101 will also allow Mahindra to avail the tax benefits and thus, offer the vehicle in an aggressive price range of Rs. 5 to Rs. 7 lakh.

Mahindra S101 is expected to launch in the Indian car market in the first half of 2015. The SUV is based on an entirely new monocoque platform that has been developed from ground up. Though an affordably priced mini SUV, the S101 is expected to offer premium look and feel with great features such as steering wheel mounted controls for the infotainment system, auto climate-control and plush interior materials. The S101 is also going to get impressive safety measures including four airbags, ABS, EBD and electronic stability programme.

It has also been confirmed by the latest spy pictures of the vehicle that the previously speculated 3+3 seating arrangement is indeed going to be offered by the Mahindra S101. The vehicle has been recently spied with a bench type front seat that will accommodate 3 adults in the front seat including the driver. The vehicle also has a dashboard mounted gear lever to accommodate the bench type front seat and to offer ample amount of front legroom.

When under the hood specifications are concerned, the speculations have now been confirmed by Mahindra & Mahindra itself. The S101 compact SUV will get a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor under its hood from Mahindra’s new family of engines. Besides the new 1.2 liter petrol engine, the SUV is also expected to get a 1.5 liter diesel mill. Mahindra’s president of auto business, Pawan Goenka confirmed to the media that the new petrol engine will debut under the bonnet of the SUV that is going to launch next year, which is none other than the S101. The new 1.2 liter which is essentially the slashed down version of the 1.6 liter mill is expected to generate 80bhp of power.

When the exterior design of the compact SUV is concerned, nothing much is still known, but it is speculated to get design inspiration from the premium Mahindra XUV500, and is also going to get a slopping roofline to look more like a hatchback than a boxy SUV.

The Mahindra S101 spotted again; expected feature and details

India’s SUV master Mahindra & Mahindra is coming with a range of new compact SUV models and this is a very well-known fact. Mahindra’s most spied upcoming compact SUV that is still known by its codename S101 is continuing to make news for its frequent spy shots and new details emerging every now and then. The upcoming compact SUV from Mahindra has been caught by the shutterbugs again while doing its test again recently in India and providing the information about its seating layout. It has been already reported that the new vehicle is going to offer a 3+3 seating layout in all probabilities, and the new spy shots just confirm that. The Mahindra S101 mini SUV has been caught with a front bench type seat which confirms the fact that indeed it is going to accommodate 3 people at the front including the driver.

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra’s S101 is one of the most spied upcoming cars of India. The SUV has been testing for over two years now, and is scheduled to go on sale in the country in sometime early next year. As part of the new details that surfaced along with the latest spy shots, the new upcoming S101 is undergoing tough road tests and is getting real road condition simulations with the help of dummy weights.

Though the Mahindra S101 still continues to remain under heavy veils, it is clear that the vehicle is steadily getting close to its final production version with its own body panels. However, the SUV has yet to get its own lighting, as the latest set of spy pictures again shows the mini SUV testing with basic bulbs in place of the fog lights.

The new upcoming Mahindra S101 SUV still protects its key design elements from being revealed to the widely scattered spy shutterbugs. Though most of the exterior design language has been always protected from the spy photographers, some interior features of the vehicle have leaked out like its dashboard mounted gearstick and the bench type front seat.

The S101 will be sub-4 meter SUV from Mahindra and will be an able contender in the highly competitive compact SUV space in India. It will be based on an all new monocoque platform and is said to get slopping roofline and premium features like automatic climate control, steering wheel mounted controls and advanced infotainment system.

It is widely speculated that the Mahindra S101 will get powered by a newly developed 1.2 liter 3-cylinder petrol mill and a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder mCR100 diesel engine. The vehicle is also expected to boast safety features such as four airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Electronic Stability.

The Mahindra S101 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 5 to 7 lakhs price bracket and will fight with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Nexon.

Expected to see the unveiling by the end of this year, Mahindra Quanto is also likely to come with automated manual transmission (AMT).

The upcoming Mahindra S101 spied with its bench-type front seat resulting in 3+3 seating arrangement

The Mahindra S101 is one of the most cars in India that has been caught while testing. The upcoming compact SUV has been testing for long now and is not expected to launch until next year. Needless to mention, the Mahindra S101 baby SUV has been caught by the spy shutterbug once again and the new spy pictures reveal new interesting fact about the vehicle. This new set of spy pictures now confirms the fact which was being speculated for quite some time now. The vehicle was caught with a dashboard mounted gearstick which raised the speculations that the new Mahindra S101 might be introduced with a bench-type front seat to offer more space and accommodate 3+3 seating arrangement.

2015 Mahindra S101 Front view

2015 Mahindra S101 Front view

Well, this new spy shot confirms the fact that the new Mahindra S101 is indeed going to accommodate 3 people at the front including the driver for the first time. The vehicle was spied sporting a bench type front seat for the first, which also indicates that the vehicle is gaining its totality and is getting all ready for a new future launch in India boosting the mini SUV market competition.

The bench type front seat of the Mahindra S101 means that the vehicle though compact in size will be accommodating 6 adult passengers without much difficulty. The front leg space has also been saved by the incorporation of the dash mounted gear lever which was revealed by the earlier spy pictures.

However, the Mahindra S101 compact SUV surely needs some more time to actually launch in the market, as the vehicle has yet not gained all its own parts and the engineers seemed to be testing the vehicle with dummy weights in order to simulate real driving conditions to test the SUV’s tough driving capabilities.

The test prototype model of the upcoming Mahindra S101 that was spied most recently was equipped with fog lights, but the light elements seemed to be dummy and not the real production units. Thus, the vehicle still seems to be testing with dummy parts, though it has been spotted doing the recent tests with its own body panels.

The new upcoming Mahindra compact SUV which is still codenamed as the S101 is going to be a very worthy mini SUV. The vehicle from Mahindra will be based on an entirely new monocoque platform and will be sub-4 meter in length in order to get excise duty benefits and to keep its price tag affordable.

The S101 will be one of three new vehicles, based on one of two new platforms that Mahindra is going to launch in India next year.

Mahindra S101 will also be powered by a newly developed 3-cylinder petrol and diesel motors mated to a manual and an expected AMT gearbox.

The new compact SUV is going to compete with Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Volkswagen Taigun and is expected to be tagged at around Rs. 5 to 7 lakhs.