Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to come up with its new SUV that will be named Mahindra S101. The company is developing this sports utility vehicle in partnership with SsangYong Motors. The car is speculated to be priced above 5.5 lakh. Mahindra is one of the best utility car manufacturers of India and with this pricing scheme, their new venture is expected to be the most affordable SUV’s in India. The manufacturers have been inspired by the Quanto and Verito and are all set to make a good combination of both the car’s features.
The SUV will have three seats in the front row instead of regular driver seat and a passenger seat. There will be enough leg space in the middle row with seat belts for all as well. The look will be more or less similar to the hatchback. Additionally its features include a rear mounted wheel, enough space for six passengers; the engine is speculated to be 1.2 up to 1.6 liter. It will be made available in both petrol and diesel variants. There could be room for 1 or 2 more passenger seats and also they could use the same 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine that fuels the Quanto. It will come with a six speed manual gearbox.
If we talk about fuel efficiency, it could be only experienced once the car will be launched. Upon its launch, the Maruti S101 is most likely to compete with Ford EcoSport, Renault Diesel which gives a mileage of 20.4 kmpl, Premium Rio which runs 17.5 kmpl and also not to forget the yet to be launched Maruti XA-Alpha. It is also speculated by industry experts, that the diesel variant of the SUV will be more popular than the petrol variant, even though the petrol version will be useful in adding to the sales volume of the automotive company. Also the mileage of the petrol version is expected to be very low than the diesel version.
The distinct pricing will make it much affordable than the Mahindra Quanto. Mahindra is also said to be working on a premium version of S101 SUV that will be named S102. Another entrant that is expected in the automobile market soon is the Chevrolet Trax SUV which will be a MPV (multi purpose vehicle). If we consider the pricing as compared to its competitors in the market, the Maruti S101 will be the cheapest of all and could be easily affordable by SUV lovers. Where all its competitors are priced between Rs 6 to 11 lakh, the Premium Rio is somewhat near in pricing. However due to service and feature differences, Premium Rio will be less opted than the Maruti S101. The exterior body designing of the car is not that appealing but still it is likely to become one of the most purchased SUV’s with its low pricing and quality.
More than 100 automobile developers are said to be working on designing the new Maruti S101 and the company executives say that it will be more of a mini Gypsy kind of a car.