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The Mahindra S101 test prototype model gets spied once again

The upcoming highly awaited Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been already spied a number of times before, with the more recent ones revealing some of its interior features. The S101 has again been caught by the spy shutterbugs and this time around, the spy pictures reveal some more interesting bits of details on the upcoming vehicle.

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

On several occasions, it has been observed that the Mahindra S101 test mules are testing along with dummy headlamps. The dummy headlights are often simply bolted on and look scruffy. However in the recent spy pictures, one can notice the S101 is testing with an unusual bob that is perched much higher above where the vehicle’s headlamps should actually be.

An experienced eye can figure out that the Mahindra S101’s test prototype model looks as if it has been inspired by the Range Rover Evoque. The test mule’s headlight assembly seems to be strangely similar to the upswept, slim and tapering headlight enclosures of the Evoque. Are the Mahindra’s designers actually thinking to create something drawing inspiration from the Evoque? Moreover, even when the S101 always gets spotted with full heavy camouflaged, it does appear that the compact vehicle’s overall profile somehow bears some sort of similarity to the Range Rover Evoque. For instance, the vehicle’s slopping roofline and the prominent window line that rises up a bit upwards all seem to be similar to that of the Evoque.

However, while the front and the side profiles of the upcoming Mahindra S101 seem to be really stylish and premium, the vehicle’s rear profile looks like it has been worked on in a real jiffy. The rather chubby and non proportionate rear part seems to be a misfit with the rest of the car. While the front end of Mahindra S101’s test mule from even under the heavy veils appears to be very aggressive and menacing, the rear end seems to be pretty boring and bulky. Moreover, the tail lights also seem to be equally boring and do nothing to salvage the rear styling. Will the Mahindra’s engineers continue with this rear design or will it get fine tuned further? This remains a big question still now.

Even though the much talked about Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been getting constantly spied for quite a long time now, the vehicle never revealed any definite design language. However, recently it seems to be getting closer to the final production ready model. We surely hope that Mahindra certainly does a better job at the rear side of the S101, as it is the expected primary upcoming rival of the very successful and stylish Ford EcoSport.

Mahindra is hoped to roll out an aggressively styled monocoque compact SUV. The rumor mills are spinning about saying that the Mahindra S101 might be christened as the XUV300, thus it will be a placed under the larger XUV500. The Mahindra S101 is speculated to be powered by a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol mill as well as diesel engine.

Mahindra S101 vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster

Just like the compact car segment, the compact SUV segment in India is at its brim. Various automobile manufacturers are contending each other to win the top position and Ford, with its EcoSport, made sure that they have to work days and nights to reach there.

mahindra s101 rendering

Mahindra S101 Rendering

It has been months now since Mahindra began testing its upcoming compact SUV codenamed as the S101. Mahindra S101 has been spotted testing on the roads numerous times since last year. Recently, it was spotted again. The test mule which Mahindra used was still highly disguised and did not reveal much of the vehicle. Also, nothing much has found to be changed since the S101 was last spotted. Mahindra, perhaps, would unveil the S101 late in 2015 and its being rumoured that it will be called as the XUV 300. It is likely that Mahindra will equip the S101 with its new engines- a 1.2L, 3 cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5L, 3 cylinder mCR100 engine. These are the same engines which are doing their jobs in the Mahindra Quanto. We are expecting Mahindra to put a price tag of Rs 5-7 lakhs on the Mahindra S101 but still everything is blurred right now.

ford ecosport

Ford, literally, blew up the minds of the car makers when in launched the EcoSport in the Indian car market. No one was expecting such an amazing product from Ford and that’s when the Americans fired their weapon. The Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV or a mini SUV which has bagged in various awards to its name. Ford played tricky here. The EcoSport is available in more than 8 variants in India and you have many things to choose from. It has three engine options: 1.0L petrol EcoBoost, 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel engines. All the engines are fabulous, especially, the 1.0L EcoBoost unit. Ford EcoSport is a complete package of looks, comfort, space and power.

Renault Duster

Renault Duster

Renault launched the Duster in India to establish itself in the domestic market. The Duster got some mixed reactions by the people. Some liked the tough thing while some said it won’t stand a chance here. Well, the Duster is competing against the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Terrano. Renault is new to the Indian market and has around 3-4 more products here. The Duster is a well thought out vehicle by Renault. Perhaps, it doesn’t look much like a SUV but it tries to keep on. It is a handsome looking vehicle and has got ample spacious cabin. 5-6 people can easily fit in. The Duster is available in a 1.5L diesel engine which has been tuned to produce 85PS and 110PS of max power. You can choose the one which you require. There is also a 1.6L petrol engine on the stock too. All the engines are mated to a manual transmission and an automatic transmission is absent. Renault Duster falls in the price bracket of Rs 9-12 lakhs whereas you can get the top end variant of the EcoSport in around Rs 9.6 lakhs.

Caught by the spy camera – the upcoming Mahindra S101

There are lots of talks going on about the upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV. This Ford EcoSport challenger from the house of the Indian car major, which is still known by its codename, the S101 was caught during its test once again, on the Chennai-Trichy highway. The test location of the Mahindra S101 was once again very close to the Mahindra Research Valley, the company’s R&D Center which is located on the outskirts of Chennai.

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

The highly speculated and much awaited Mahindra S101 compact crossover is likely to launch sometime in the next year along with the project U301, which is actually the next generation Bolero. The S101 is said to be the smallest utility vehicle from the house of Mahindra and is going to be a sub-4 meter SUV. It is going to be based on an entirely new monocoque and is expected to flaunt great design language. Being a sub-4 meter SUV, it is going to get the advantage of the reduced excise duty benefits from the Indian government.

The latest spy pictures show that the Indian car maker has finalized the designing of the S101, while still some of its features need to be finalized, such as the turn lights and tail lights. Though the vehicle has always been spotted with heavy veils, it is speculated that it will borrow design cues from the much larger XUV500 premium SUV.

On the inside, the S101 is revealed to have a dashboard mounted gearlever which could mean that Mahindra would introduce a bench type front seat in order to offer more space at the front. The same sort of seating arrangement can be found in the Datsun Go hatchback.

It is also said that Mahindra will employ its newly made engines that it is developing in association with its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong Motor. Under the hood, the upcoming S101’s petrol version will be packing in an entirely fresh 1.2 liter petrol mill, while its diesel version will also have a new diesel engine. It is also speculated that the diesel S101 might be fitted with the same 1.5 liter 3-cylinder diesel engine of the Quanto though after being tweaked by Mahindra. A 5 speed manual transmission gearbox is expected to be offered as the transmission, while Mahindra is also expected to offer an AMT automatic transmission version.

The upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV is also speculated to be called the XUV300 and is going to be placed below the larger XUV500. The S101 together with the upcoming Mahindra Bolero compact SUV version are expected to form the sub-4 meter compact SUV portfolio from Mahindra in India for the next couple of years, before it rolls out even more compact utility vehicles. On the other hand, the current only compact SUV from Mahindra, the Quanto is fast losing its popularity and is speculated to be discontinued after the S101’s launch in the Indian market. The upcoming Mahindra S101 is expected to be priced between Rs. 5 to 7 lakhs.

Mahindra’s upcoming SUVs that will destroy its competitors

Mahindra has officially announced that the company is working on two new compact SUVs for the Indian market. M&M is planning to launch both the two new compact SUVs in 2015. There have been rumours about the company’s work a few months ago but eventually it turns out that those were not just rumours. M&M has something special for us in its bag.

mahindra s101 rendering

Mahindra S101 Rendering

Recently, in an interview to Hindu, the Executive Director and President Automotive, Farm Equipment and Two wheelers, M&M, Mr Pawan Goenka said, “We would have been more comfortable if new products had been launched this year rather than the next. The change or impetus for compact SUVs happened a year sooner than we thought. That’s the way I would put it. We have two new products coming out next year which are in the compact SUV segment. Once we have them, then we’ll have a strong line-up in the segment.” He also confirmed that the company is working very deliberately on two new compact SUVs which could be ready to be launched in 2015.

We already saw that Mahindra were testing some vehicles, which were highly camouflaged, on the roads. These test mules were caught testing several times last year. This year also the company kept testing the test mules. One of the test mule which Mahindra has been testing for many months now is codenamed as the Mahindra S101. It is being anticipated that the S101 would be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine which has been further enhanced by adding twin turbochargers to increase the power output. It is the same engine which is currently being employed in the Mahindra Quanto. The other engine which could make its way under the hood of the Mahindra S101 is a petrol unit which will be borrowed from SsangYong, Mahindra’s Korean partner.

The other camouflaged vehicle which Mahindra is testing is codenamed as the Mahindra U301. It is quite possible that this vehicle, when put into production, would replace the Mahindra Bolero. Mahindra has very high expectations from the U301 as it would replace the Bolero, which is Mahindra’s one of the best selling MPVs in the country. It is being said that the U301 would be equipped with a tougher chassis to give the MPV more strength.

Mahindra has always been known for its reliable and durable vehicles and it is very optimistic about its new upcoming vehicles. According to Mahindra, everything is working as per plan and their new upcoming vehicles will be something which will completely destroy the other competitors. The two new compact SUVs, which Mahindra is working on, are being expected to be launched in 2015. Meanwhile, Mahindra is also working on the face lifted version of the successful Mahindra Scorpio, whose test mule has been caught various times on the Indian roads. Are you listening fellow car makers? M&M has got some new weapons in its bay. It is only a matter of time when every one of you would be nothing but history.

The Mahindra S101 baby SUV spied testing along with a Quanto

Mahindra is making fresh news almost every day, as many of its upcoming launches get spied while going about their test schedule. Among the Mahindra upcoming launches, the S101 compact SUV is the one which has been getting spotted testing for over a year now. The upcoming compact SUV from Mahindra is the new Ford EcoSport challenger, and is still known by its codename S101.

Mahindra S101 SUV

Mahindra S101 SUV

Recently, the Mahindra S101 was spotted testing once again. This time around though, the S101 was spied testing along with Mahindra Quanto compact SUV which approximately the same size of the S101.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV is developed on an entirely new monocoque chassis which would make the SUV very strong and rugged. Mahindra is reportedly making the S101 as a sub-4 meter compact SUV which will lock its horns with the very popular Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. The under-4 meter length of the S101 will also facilitate Mahindra to price the vehicle attractively, as the vehicle will get excise duty benefits from the government of India.

The upcoming baby SUV from Mahindra is expected to be offered for sale in both its petrol as well as diesel versions. The S101 will be powered by a set of newly developed engines. The petrol version of the vehicle will be packing in an all new 1.2 liter petrol mill, while the diesel version will be powered by a 1.5 liter diesel motor which may be a new engine or a refined version of the Quanto’s. The all new petrol engine is currently being developed by Mahindra in collaboration with its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong.

An earlier spy picture showed a portion of the interior of the S101, which revealed the dashboard mounted gearstick. This also indicates that Mahindra could introduce a bench type seat at the vehicle’s front. This would also allow the Indian car major to launch the S101 as a 3+3-seater vehicle despite its compact form.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV will be launching in the domestic car market of India sometime in 2015, followed by some more compact SUV models.

Mahindra is in dire need of some new compact SUVs in its product portfolio, as the Indian compact SUV segment is highly popular. At present, Mahindra has only one compact SUV that is the Quanto, which is actually the chop-shop version of the bigger Xylo SUV. The Quanto is getting less popular with passing time owing to its not so refined interiors and noisy engine. It is also rumored that post the launch of the S101 in India, Mahindra will discontinue the Quanto, so the S101 might be the all new replacement of the Quanto.

Apart from the S101 compact SUV, Mahindra is currently busy with several other upcoming launches that are also getting constantly spied. These are the 2014 refreshed Scorpio that should launch during this year’s festive season, and the next-gen model of the Bolero SUV which will launch sometime in 2016.

Mahindra planning big for future models

Mahindra and Mahindra is a popular Indian manufacturer and now they have strong presence in various other markets. Their flagship product XUV 500 was received very well in the market and now they are working on many other products to create a strong line-up. The compact SUV with the design inspired by XUV500 has been the hot topic these days. It is codenamed S101 and has been spotted testing multiple times. It would enter the market at a point where the Ford EcoSport sits at the moment. They have prepared an all new platform for this vehicle and have got big expectations from this new car.

mnahindra s101 suv

Mahindra S101 SUV side view

The S101 will be less than 4 meters long to gain excise duty benefits. The diesel model will be powered by the same engine that powers the Mahindra Quanto. It is a 1.5 litre three cylinder turbocharged unit that generates a peak power of 100 bhp. While until now we have seen Mahindra cars with diesel engines only, this one might make an exception. It will come with a 1.2 litre petrol engine option as well. This engine is being developed in conjunction with Ssangyong and will also power Ssangyong’s compact SUV that will be coming out soon.

Apart from the S101, they have been testing the new face lifted Scorpio as well. The Scorpio has been more or less the same since it was last updated 6-7 years ago. Minor changes have been made to its bumpers and headlamps but nothing really prominent. This time however, it is getting a more comprehensive treatment. The front end receives a lot of changes and the headlamps look sharper and flow inwards into the grille. The redesigned bumper gives it a wider profile which looks better than the current Scorpio.

The changes have been carried inside as well. They have worked on the quality and design of the material used inside. There is a new instrument cluster and the steering wheel appears to be from the XUV 500. The powerhouse is still the same faithful mHawk engine which generates a peak power of 120 bhp. This time apart from the 5 speed manual, they might also add the option of a six speed automatic gearbox. This new updated Mahindra Scorpio is expected to come out near the end of this year.

While these vehicles will be launched in near future, they have got new vehicles lined up for 2016 as well. The Mahindra Bolero has been one of their most successful products ever and it will be updated as well. The update won’t come anytime soon and reports suggest that it will come out in 2016. It looks very much different from the current generation of Bolero. Gone are the flat and dull panels and instead it gets nicely styled body panels. It gets a restyled bonnet that is curved unlike the current Bolero. It is also being said that this new Bolero might come in two different wheelbase variants. There will be a sub 4 meter variant as well to gain excise duty benefits on the vehicle.

Mahindra busy working on a potent Ford EcoSport rival

The compact SUV is one of the most lucrative and popular segments in India today. This gives almost all the major car makers in India enough reason to come up with their own compact SUV representative. The saga began with the Renault Duster coming to India which instantly won over the young, urban Indians and grabbed huge profits. It went ahead to become the top-selling SUV in India in a very short time. Then Ford came along with its urban SUV EcoSport which heightened the excitement of the baby SUVs even more. Then again, came the Terrano from the Japanese car maker Nissan. This made the compact SUV market grow considerably and also made the Duster’s sales fall a bit. Currently, the Ford EcoSport is the most popular baby SUV in India. The EcoSport is a sub-4 meter compact suv, which makes it super affordable owing to its excise duty benefits that it gets from the government.

Mahindra S101 spied

Mahindra S101 spied

At present, a huge number of car makers including the Indian car market leader Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen and Tata Motors are all working on their respective compact or sub-compact SUVs to take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport or Renault Duster.

Indian home grown SUV leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is severely hurt and worried as it does not have any true baby SUV in the market. Despite having a wide range of utility vehicle and some bestselling SUVs such as the Scorpio and Bolero, Mahindra lacks a proper compact or sub-compact SUV. At present it only has the Quanto which is actually the slashed down version of the Xylo and is fast losing out in popularity. In order to tap the superb compact SUV market, Mahindra is planning to launch a slew of sub-4 meter compact and the larger sub-compact SUV models in India in the next two years’ time. Among these the most imminent launch of a compact SUV from Mahindra is the S101. The Mahindra S101 compact SUV is going to be a sub-4 meter SUV and will be pitched against the very popular Ford EcoSport.

Mahindra has been testing its sub-4 meter S101 compact SUV for quite some time now in India. It has been spied a lot of time as well. The SUV is still known by its codename S101 and it is expected to be an affordable compact SUV owing to the excise duty benefits. Though measuring less than 4-meters in length, the S101 is expected to offer good interior space, great features and attractive exterior design language.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV is expected to be coming in both its petrol and diesel avatars. The S101 will be powered by an entire new range of petrol as well as diesel engines that Mahindra is developing along with its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong Motor; these are expected to be compact and powerful 1.2 liter turbocharged engines. The upcoming Mahindra S101 is expected to be priced between Rs. 6 to Rs. 10 lakhs and launch in 2015.

Mahindra S101 spotted again and again

Only a while ago, an entirely new class of vehicles started gaining popularity in our market. This new class was compact SUV. These vehicles come with small but fairly powerful engine, high ground clearance, capable suspension, hatchback like dimensions and attractive price tag. These compact SUVs are giving competition not only to the low end SUVs but also some of the diesel hatchbacks and compact sedans.

Mahindra s101

Mahindra s101

The reason this new class is becoming popular is because they tick just the right boxes. The road conditions in our country don’t really allow low ground clearance vehicles to survive for long and the compact SUVs offer high ground clearance. A small engine, in most cases a diesel under 1500 cc is efficient but has enough power to serve the vehicles. And then the sub 4 metre length is another factor that helps manufacturers save on excise duties. Longer vehicles attract a higher excise duty and by keeping the vehicles under 4 metres, they can bring down costs by transmitting the excise duty benefits to the customers.

Ford Ecosport is one popular compact SUV being sold in our market and it will soon by joined by many other vehicles like VW Taigun, Maruti XA Alpha and the Mahindra S101. The S101 will be Mahindra’s entry in this popular segment as they try to go against the big guns. Recent spy shots reveal that it will carry design cues from their popular model XUV 500. The spy shots show the car covered in camouflage so minor details aren’t revealed but still they give a very good idea of the overall vehicle profile.

It has a flat roof and the rear windscreen is slightly tapered towards the end. The dimensions are similar to Quanto. Some other spy shots revealed that inside the car, it has a dashboard mounted gear lever. This would free up space on the floor which might find some other uses. Mahindra is working on developing a petrol engine for this vehicle. We will see a 1.2 litre engine developed jointly with their South Korean subsidiary, SsangYong Motors. It is expected to be a three cylinder engine. Obviously it will come with a diesel engine option as well. The engine would be the same engine that we see on the Mahindra Quanto.

The engine inside Quanto is a 1500 cc turbocharger unit. It develops an impressive 100 bhp of peak power and a peak torque of 240 Nm which is spread from 1600 to 2800 rpm. We expect the S101 to come with this engine offering similar performance numbers. For this new vehicle, it is rumoured that they have developed an entirely new platform. It is a monocoque construction similar to the XUV 500. This improves the vehicle dynamics as compared to a body on ladder or semi monocoque type construction. The vehicle is still being tested by Mahindra and is expected to be launched somewhere around the mid of 2015 or maybe even later. For now, Mahindra is planning to launch the refreshed version of Scorpio soon.

Mahindra S101 spy shots surface again

Compact SUVs are catching up really well in our market and almost all major manufacturers are preparing to enter this segment. These vehicles come with small yet fairly powerful engine, small size but with SUV like presence and an attractive price tag. The small dimensions, a sub 4 meter length to be precise, help manufacturers keep the costs down by getting the excise duty benefits. It also makes them very practical for everyday use in city driving.

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

Engines under 1500 cc get the tax benefit and most of these soft roader compact SUVs come with the option of a sub 1500 cc oil burner. Soft roader, because these are essentially toughened up hatchbacks rather than being a scaled down SUV. You don’t get options like four wheel drive on these vehicles so they are more of the urban vehicles. Mahindra made an attempt at one such vehicle earlier with the Quanto but it failed to gain popularity.

Now they are coming up with another product in this category. The name isn’t known yet but its development name is S101. More spy shots of this upcoming product have surfaced now. This is expected to be an impressive product as this is more of a completely new vehicle unlike Quanto which looked more like a chopped down Xylo. The XUV 500 came with an entirely new monocoque frame. The S101 follows the suit and they have developed an entirely new monocoque frame for this new vehicle. This would improve driving dynamics and safety over other conventional types of frames we see.

This new Mahindra vehicle would challenge the popular Ford EcoSport and the upcoming VW Taigun and Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha. This will compete in this popular segment. Most of the spy shots we have seen yet show the vehicle covered in camouflage so the details aren’t very clear but still the large bits can be figured out easily. It comes with a flat roof and the rear windscreen is at a sharp angle. The interiors have been revealed in some spy shots as well. They have moved the gear shifter to the dashboard like on Ritz to free up more space on the floor. While until now Mahindra has been seen using diesel engines only, but this time they will come up with a petrol engine as well.

This new petrol engine being discussed here will be a 1.2 litre unit. It is newly developed by them working with SsangYong. This engine will not only power the S101 but also run under the hood of the Ssangyong X100 compact SUV. The oil burner that would be offered with this vehicle will be the same 1.5 litre three cylinder turbocharged unit that is seen on Quanto. It develops a peak power of 100 bhp and a peak torque of 240 Nm which is available between 1600 and 2800 rpm. This is an impressive engine and we don’t really think they will make any changes to it. Expect the vehicle to come out near mid of 2015.

The Mahindra S101 Compact SUV gets spotted again; more details revealed

The Indian utility vehicle leader is currently very worried over its dampened sales situation, while most of its rivals are hoping for full market revival. While, the Indian car major’s primary bestselling vehicles are still equally popular and drawing good volumes, the lack of compact SUV models in its product portfolio is the chief cause of Mahindra’s woes.

Mahindra S101 spied

Mahindra S101 spied

The compact SUV segment is one of the hottest segments in the Indian auto industry at present. The modern, stylish Indian car buyers love the sporty stance and space of an SUV, while the compact design makes them a superb city car. While many car makers have released their compact SUV models in India, a whole lot other car majors are soon going to jump into the compact SUV bandwagon. Thus, being the Indian utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is certainly not happy with the situation. The company’s only compact SUV, the Quanto which is actually a chop-shop version of the Xylo, is fast losing its popularity. However, Mahindra is getting all braced up to handle the situation, and it is always better late than never.

Mahindra is planning to launch a slew of new utility vehicles and many of these will obviously be compact SUV models. The one much awaited compact SUV from Mahindra, is the codenamed S101 model which has been doing tests for over a year now and has been spotted a number of times.

The Mahindra S101 has got spied yet again recently, while testing in Chennai and Bangalore.

The upcoming new Mahindra S101 compact SUV will be a sub-4 meter SUV offering tax benefits and allowing a very competitive pricing. The vehicle will feature a dashboard mounted gearstick to facilitate more space for the front passengers in its compact form. Mahindra is also speculated to use the 2+1 seating arrangement similar to the Datsun Go hatchback at the front.

The new Mahindra S101 compact SUV is expected to get two new, compact and powerful engines both in petrol and diesel, which are being developed by the company in collaboration with its subsidiary Ssangyong. The S101 is an entirely new vehicle developed on a new platform and its powertrains will also be completely fresh.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV is the Indian company’s response to the hugely popular Ford EcoSport which is dubbed as the urban SUV for its sleek, stylish and compact design along with superb features.

The Mahindra S101 is speculated to be styled taking inspiration from the much larger premium XUV500 SUV. The compact S101 is also speculated to be called the XUV300 and would be positioned below the XUV500. The S101 is also supposed to get an array of world-class features along with premium interiors.

Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to bring in the S101 to the Indian car market within the first half of 2015. Expected to be priced around the price bracket of 5 lakh, the S101 is bound to boost Mahindra’s sales figures.