Mahindra has exciting new launches like new Scorpio facelift, new Bolero and S101. The most fascinating of all is S101 because it is a completely new car, and is being developed along with Ssangyong an established Korean firm. The competition levels in SUV market is heating up, the past few years has witnessed a surge of new products like Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Taigun and Renault Duster, all these sport modern SUV designs.
S101 is manufactured on the lines of intense competition; the expected launch date is sometime next year. It is a sub four meter car, and will have new form of styling inspired by the creativity of XUV500. The car will be positioned alongside Quanto, an entry level Mahindra car. Mahindra products have excited the crowd to no end; the company is exploring the unexplored on the back of S101.
Although the launch is happening next year and the vehicle is still in initial stages of construction, it was captured several times by car enthusiasts. S101 is being manufactured at Mahindra’s established Chennai plant in Tamil Nadu. The exciting bit about S101 is the design creativity; reports claim it is part hatchback and part crossover. To explain this statement in detail, the fantastic visibility and high seating gives it a crossover feel. The vehicle is designed with the vision to offer enhanced comfort and convenience. To achieve greater volume the gearlever is placed on dashboard column. The bonnet is an imaginative clamshell type packed with modern cuts and creases.
The movement of roofline plunges downwards and it does not hinder headroom volume. The vast cabin room can effectively accommodate 6 to 7 occupants, the doors will have few horizontal lines, the dimension of wheels and tire is small, the feel is more hatchback than crossover and its mileage capacity is expected to be powerful.
The platform used to design the car is all new monocoque, it is Mahindra’s second attempt in monocoque platform technology, and the first was used on XUV500. The fuel options are three petrol and a diesel power trains, the diesel engine will give out power ranges of 100-240bhp also observed on Quanto. Sources say S101 is likely to be developed into a front wheel drive vehicle with monocoque type of architecture. The diesel vehicle will run on K9K 1.5 liter capacity adopted from Verito.
S101 has everything a SUV fanatic would desire, it’s got style, creativity, space and technology. It offers great value for money; the price range will fit under the Rs 10 lakh bracket, and is likely to cost Rs 5 to 7 lakhs. The car is still in the initial testing stages, and so far the information generated is amazing, ardent Mahindra fans can wait for some more spectacular and intriguing information.
Mahindra has lost out on its SUV battle, the attention has shifted to recent arrivals, the company is geared to make a comeback and bring back its lost share. Let’s wait for some more interesting details of S101.