The Indian automaker, Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch two new additions to its product line in the Indian market by mid-2015. The first one, which Mahindra has code-named Mahindra S101 is currently in the road testing phase and has been spotted around the country. This car is all set to go on sale by mid-2015 and is all ready to make its mark on the country.
It has already been positioned in the market below the Mahindra Quanto SUV. The segment of the market it will enter already has it against stiff competition that already has carved out a niche in the market. The competition in the market is in the form of Ford EcoSport, and upcoming compact SUV’s from cars like the Maruti XA Alpha and the Tata Nexon. This car is set to have a lot of competition as t is also being positioned against the B-segment hatchbacks. B-segment hatchbacks are vehicles that are no longer than 4.5 m in length but have engines over 1600 ccs. In India it resides in the category of A3 (based on the size of the car).
The S101 will have similarities from a fellow new car, the Mahindra XUV500. This car also has a lot of good press riding behind it. Because of the stylistic similarities between the two cars, the S101 also has another nickname, the Mahindra XUV300. Based on the new look, this Micro SUV will offer seating to 6 people with a 3+3 seating layout. The front seat will have a bench like layout to increase the seating and make it seem bigger. As it is a micro SUV and there is seating for 6 people, and to create space, the gearbox has been positioned on the dashboard. Despite the small space, it will have a number of features such as an infotainment system with a touch screen, the air-conditioning unit has been placed in a vertical sequence at the bottom, a multi-functional steering wheel which will have four spokes and will contain audio-controls, automatic climate control, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.
The Mahindra S101/XUV300 will be getting a new 1.2 litre diesel engine, but some rumors suggest that it will be getting a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, the same one that currently powers the Mahindra Quanto. The 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder engine which has been made in conjunction with the company’s Korean subsidiary named SsangYong. The engine is basically meant to be a stripped down version the engine that is currently outfitted in most of the Mahindra cars. It is interesting to note that the micro SUV will have both a manual and an automatic transmission which is rare for this type of car. This car has been rumored to be extremely fuel efficient as reports suggest that it gets approximately 23 kmpl. This car is also rumored to be the second car of Mahindra to have a monocoque chassis and traversal engine packaging.
If all these great features aren’t getting you excited for this car, then nothing will. Mahindra & Mahindra has put a lot of time and effort into making this car a success and they hope that it will o\do well in the market.