Interesting interior details of S101 exposed

There is an interesting new Mahindra vehicle to look forward to the S101, so much is written on the car lately. S101 was captured several times in fully disguised state. It is a point of attraction; car enthusiasts have tracked the car in several infant stages. Earlier the production framework of S101 was revealed, which displayed few actual bits like grille, tail lights and headlights.

Mahindra s101

Mahindra s101

The car has surfaced again, close to Chennai, where Mahindra has its acclaimed research and development unit called Mahindra Research Valley. The earlier spy car displayed bits of development. Now some more features are revealed like dash board fitted gear lever along with previous observations like reverse light, brake light and bulb for turn indicator.

The fascinating element of the spy S101 car is the dashboard fitted lever, which is now on centre console, from the earlier sport the floor. It might seem vague, but it has made room for greater source of excitement, which is bench type seat in front. Sources are wondering if Mahindra will market S101 as six seat piece arranged in 3+3 configuration. A new steering wheel is showcased as well, which looks posh compared to the ones viewed in other Mahindra models sold till now. The steering wheel design is not connected to the brand value image of XUV500.

A new Mahindra SUV sounds exhilarating; a car that has come out of Mahindra has thrilled millions all over the globe. Mahindra vehicles are all over the place on Indian roads, apparent with the continuous form of excitement that goes into cracking the discoveries of S101. It is a below four meter car, and will be designed on a fresh monocoque platform. The vehicle will be sold with diesel and petrol fuels. The car is built on joint partnership basis of Mahindra and Ssangyong. The expected launch date is sometime next year.

S101 is a compact below four meter SUV, the petrol engine will move on 1.2 litre capacity, and the diesel car will gather its energy from 1.5 litre engine adopted from Quanto.

S101 is not yet a fully developed model; it is interesting to read learn about the gradual developments of the car. For the first time attention-grabbing details of the insides are exposed. It is a fascinating tale, where the dashboard fitted lever is on centre console. According to the buzz much of the insides of S101 are inspired by XUV500.

Mahindra SUV’s have always been thrill factors, the acclaimed Indian based firm is among the first to produce sporty and power packed SUV’s. Its fierce rival in conventional SUV segment is Tata Motors. The SUV market at present is highly competitive, evident in the influx of SUV’s like Volkswagen Taigun, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Mahindra has a string of competitors to fight the cut-throat battle with S101.

S101 is an inspiring car even from the current developing state; it will be intriguing to wait for many more spy images to surface.

Scorpio model offered to Prime Minister has bullet proof shield

India has a new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a hot topic here is whether the newly appointed minister will use an armoured BMW 7 series or Mahindra Scorpio. According to the buzz Modi prefers to move around in a Scorpio, Mahindra SUV’s are packed with power and style, and is an honour for Mahindra to learn that the Prime Minister wants to use a Scorpio.

Mahindra Scorpio Vlx BS IV

Mahindra Scorpio Vlx BS IV

The chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra said, ‘’we are overjoyed to hear that the new PM is happy to move around in Scorpio, an Indian made vehicle. The task for Mahindra is to plug in enormous security equipments into the car.’’ Mahindra to media personnel said, that it would look into security upgrades to fuel the Scorpio.

A car that belongs to the Prime Minister is no ordinary vehicle; it has to cover enormous journeys when the minister attends important talks and meetings. Mahindra aims to beef up the safety equipments, and hopeful that the PM will ride in the Scorpio till the end of his term. The president of the company Pawan Goenka spoke on the company’s initiative to have a word with Special Protection Group to discuss security fitments and other essential requirements.

Over the years, the official car allotted to the Prime Minister is Ambassador; in 2003 it was switched to BMW, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee ruled the nation. The reason for change of vehicle from Ambassador to German brand is due to the loaded safety technology tucked into the BMW, to protect ministers from high potential threats. The main issue is the increased cost of buying bullet proof equipments. The Prime Ministers that ruled the nation in the past are known to have a series of posh Limousines vehicles like 760Li and a fleet of BMW models.

As mentioned earlier bullet proof vehicles are differently built, to offer immense protection from vast threats. The armour plates that make up armoured vehicles are tailored with a more robust steel material, and are stacked on the exterior body framework. These vehicles have second layer on the first, and can be compared to a second dressing. The other high-end safety features are intercom system, where occupants can connect to the outside world without having to open doors, an attack system, self-sealing fuel tank and run flat tyres.

Modi will use a series of armoured Scorpio cars, and will be loaded with adequate safety features. Mahindra has a task ahead, to upgrade the car with a second layer. Goenka plans to create a more resistant Scorpio to the expected standards, and also fit in a more efficient engine and other safety insertions.

It is interesting to learn that Modi will drive around in a Scorpio car; the world will witness the power of Indian driven vehicles and Mahindra. Scorpio is inscribed with life long history of success, over 1 lakh vehicles are sold since its launch in 2002. Even today Scorpio is still a more preferred brand to Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport. Mahindra can now celebrate many more years of Scorpio power.

Mahindra S101 to be called the XUV300; interior gets spied partially

Mahindra & Mahindra is known to be working hard on several new SUV models to beat the market competition. The upcoming compact SUV from Mahindra that is still codenamed at the S101 is expected to be the popular EcoSport challenger in India. The S101 has been caught spied several times before, and it is recently being spotted testing more rigorously hinting at its approaching market launch.

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

Mahindra S101 spied picture front

The upcoming Mahindra S101 has been again spied recently while testing near Mahindra’s R&D Center in Chennai. The vehicle has been so far spied only from the outside with all its heavy camouflages intact, though recently a lot of its exterior features are being revealed that seem to be obvious even from over the veils. It has been known that the S101 is going to borrow a lot of design cues from its much larger premium cousin XUV500. Now, for the first time, the upcoming S101 compact SUV’s interior has also got spied partially. The spy pictures of the S101 SUV’s interior that have been doing the rounds on the internet shows that the car is going to have a dashboard mounted gear lever.

The new spy pictures of the S101 also show that the vehicle has now ditched borrowed body panels and has got its own production ready body panels as well as headlights. This again points that Mahindra has finally decided on the vehicle’s production version design. The S101’s featured new dashboard mounted gearlever offers more space for the front passengers.

However, this gearlever arrangement is not liked by all. Nevertheless, it is still not confirmed whether S101 will actually feature the dash mounted gearlever in its final production version, as the model is still in its testing phase and the company might change several things in it before it finally hits the market.

Although there is still no confirmation from Mahindra’s side, the upcoming codenamed S101 compact SUV has been reported to be christened as the XUV300 when it makes its market appearance. The S101 is also expected to have premium looks and feel somewhat like the larger XUV500.

The spied interiors of the S101 are also shown to have a new steering wheel with a design that is very similar to the one that is in XUV500. The s101 or the XUV300 is going to be a sub-4 meter 5-seater compact SUV that will be primarily fighting with the likes of the Ford EcoSport.

The Mahindra S101 is expected to be launched early next year and will be manufactured at the company’s new upcoming facility in Tamil Nadu. This upcoming SUV is going to be offered in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version of the S101 will get a newly developed 1.2 liter 3-cylinder powerful and efficient petrol mill that will come from the new family of engines that Mahindra is producing in association with its Korean subsidiary SsangYong. Mahindra S101 is expected to have a priced range of Rs. 5.5 lakhs to Rs. 8 lakhs.

Mahindra & Mahindra is confident about finishing the Formula E Championship in top 3 positions

Indian vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra is campaigning big for the consciousness and acceptance of the green vehicles in India. Mahindra is known to be working on several electric and hybrid vehicles. Mahindra, after the launch of its first all electric passenger vehicle e2o in India last year is eager to make the Indian consumers conscious about the high benefits of the green, efficient and contemporary cars. Mahindra & Mahindra is also eager to make its mark as a global car brand and is already preparing to launch its electric cars in offshore markets. In order to prove its electric car making prowess and to showcase its abilities, Mahindra has participated in the world’s first Formula E Championship for all electric cars.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

Team Mahindra is the only Indian team that is participating on the tracks of this international electric car race. The team Mahindra consists of the drivers Karun Chandhok from India and Bruno Senna from Brazil. As per reports, the Mahindra team is confident of attaining a position among the top three spots in the Formula E Championship fully-electric car racing series. The Formula E Championship in its inauguration edition has a total of 10 participating teams, each of which consist of two drivers.

Mahindra has said that the team has to think of a top-three finish in the race. Being an electric car maker in India, the company is already placed well in the race and should get a top three finish. The company added that the country’s national anthem on the Championship podium has to be team Mahindra’s goal.

Despite the fact that all the participating teams will have the same vehicle in the first season of the race, Mahindra feels that the company’s expertise in the battery powered vehicles definitely puts them in a better position.

Mahindra’s Shukla said that all teams have to start from scratch, but Mahindra had a big advantage in the fact that the company is familiar with the electric vehicle technology. As the battery life is limited in these green cars, the trick is to optimize the car’s performance. Although the company will get the cars in the month of June, the team Mahindra’s simulation session has given good idea of what the company’s team can achieve in the event.

The announcement of the drivers’ names has taken longer than expected. When asked why Mahindra & Mahindra chose Chandhok and Senna to represent the company team, Shukla said that the company chose the drivers who complement each other and have a great chemistry among them. The company closely studied all the parameters and then finally picked Chandhok and Senna, who have been good teams in the past.”

The two drivers competed for the F1 outfit HRT and the GP2 in the year 2008. The Formula E Championship will involve ten races, all of which will be held on the streets of several famous cities including Los Angeles, Monte Carlo and London.

Mahindra setting up new plant with 400,000 unit capacity

The ongoing discussion about forthcoming production unit of Mahindra and Mahindra which was unclear till now has now been finalized. According to a recent public statement, Mahindra has confirmed that its new production facility will be setup in Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs. 4008 crores. The production unit will be producing 400,000 units per annum comprising of new models and also a couple of existing models. This will be Mahindra’s seventh manufacturing units in India which will be located at Cheyyar and will be spread across 400 acres. The first product to be manufactured at this unit will be newly revised Scorpio followed by compact SUV under tests codename of S101.

Mahindra S101

The construction of this unit will now begin and new vehicles will start rolling out by 2015-16 which will be sold in local markets and may also be exported depending on demand. Though the land had been acquired by Mahindra nearly five years ago as a part of its setup for Mahindra Research Valley project, the carmaker had desisted from making any new plants until it had a sufficient number of models in its portfolio.  Since this production unit will only be manufacturing new models, besides the compact S101, Mahindra will also be making a mid sized SUV presently codenamed U301 followed by MPV W202 and lastly a new replacement for Maxximo pickup codenamed P601. The firm has in-depth understanding of local market requirements in terms of changing tastes for SUV and MUV models therefore its current models will also be equally successful.

The carmaker has started constructing this production unit now that Indian car markets are showing signs of revival and also political situation has become stabilized. Mahindra selected this location to produce its range of new models since its research and development facility which was set up at an investment of Rs. 600 crores is close to it and both can co-ordinate efforts. Mahindra’s research and development team is very talented and was main driving force behind development of its electric car “Halo” which was presented at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi.   To speed up the production of its products Mahindra will develop five platforms which will be used to construct vehicles with varied body types and designs. Once this production unit of Mahindra’s is underway it will be able to reaffirm its position of India’s top SUV within domestic markets.

Mahindra will export the cars manufactured at this production unit to international locations across Asia, Europe and Africa. Since all the products scheduled to be manufactured in Tamil Nadu are of utility vehicle category they will be made in collaboration with Mahindra’s Korean subsidiary SsangYong like Rexton which was recently released. In domestic as well as international markets demand for compact, crossover and large sports utility vehicles is growing across urban and rural markets as they are fuel efficient and ideal for both city life and off road rides.  Mahindra understands that buyers at most times face severe financial constraints when seeking to buy a vehicle of their choice therefore it will try to keep production costs as low as possible to provide high quality products at competitive prices.

Mahindra S102 Crossover to be powered with 1.2 liter petrol engine

Among the new utility vehicles being developed by Mahindra and Mahindra in collaboration with its Korean subsidiary SsangYong Motors is a crossover vehicle presently codenamed S102 which will be powered by 1.2 liter petrol engine with 3 cylinder motor. Since Mahindra is keen on expanding its product line beyond diesel powered vehicles as it makes its foray into international markets it is moving into domain of petrol cars. Even in Indian markets with deregulation of diesel its prices are on par with petrol and buyers increasingly prefer petrol cars as they are easier to maintain and have lower entry price. However all commercial vehicles are driven by diesel as they have to cover long distances.

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

Mahindra’s crossover S102 has been constructed on SsangYong X100 platform and being a compact car will be built in sub 4 meter size therefore will be able to accommodate 5 passengers across two rows. From a few pictures available online about this car’s test model its exteriors are based on global design cues therefore it will have high ground clearance with aggressive bodyline to meet international competition. This model will be based on platforms being developed by its research engineers though its body size will be designed on the lines of its popular XUV500 and will be a mass market product and will be more expensive than S101 which is being developed alongside to meet demands for compact SUV. Specifically built to compete with high quality products of international makers the S102 will have high quality interiors and engine power.

Since very few spy shots of the S102 have been taken it is obvious that Mahindra has not finalized on design though body type has been confirmed. The S102 will be targeted towards urban customers and it will be placed between Scorpio and XUV500 and will compete against crossover vehicles from Toyota and Ford in this segment. Mahindra is developing a family of petrol engines in collaboration with SsangYong which will be of three and four cylinder with 1.2 liter, 2 liter and 3 liter capacities to power car of different body types. It is expected that the Mahindra S102 will be presented with both manual and automatic transmission and will be in the price range of 10 -11 lakhs.

The S102 will be built on monocoque frame since it is stronger and is generally used for developing SUV’s and all terrain compact models of sedans due to stability and balance. Being a crossover this car will have turbochargers with its petrol engine to give thrust and power across rough terrain.  Mahindra is developing car models and engines in partnership with SsangYong as it will save costs and they will also learn from each other’s experience about car manufacturing and markets. The challenge for Mahindra in existing markets lies in ability to gauge changing demands of people and also manage costs so products can be sold to customers at a competitive price. Mahindra in the past has concentrated more on cost than quality therefore lost when international manufacturers like Ford, Renault, Honda and others set up production units in India and started selling quality models at a slightly higher margin.

The classy and pristine Sportz Edition XUV500 spotted

Mahindra XUV500 has been on the frontlines lately, spied images of the car have been spotted several times by enthusiasts. The camouflaged car was said to be an automatic variant. A fully covered XUV500 has been spotted again, few days ago, which is the Sportz Edition model.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra is among the first to explore the SUV segment, and XUV500 is a huge launch. The company has made tremendous profits with the car since its arrival in 2011. What is attractive about the car is its sporty appearance, patches of its inspiration, which is the swift movement of cheetah, is visible on door handles and front. A new Sportz Edition XUV500 sounds interesting, mainly because the car is splashed with sporty DNA. The new Sportz edition car is Mahindra’s first make over project since the launch of first car. It will take time for the car to launch, till then there SUV fans can look forward to tints of excitement with the launch of special edition XUV500.

Apart from the thrill of a new Sportz edition XUV500, the car was spied in an interesting location, warehouse. The engine fitments are unchanged; the factor that highlights the newness is new stickering paint job. The car is fully white with sprinkles of red accents. The roof and bonnet look the same; the distinctive variation is the presence of Sportz tag on the sides. There are red accents on door handles; the alloy wheels look slightly different. The sporty red colour theme is engraved on license plate. What is fascinating about Sportz edition XUV500 is cosmetic modifications, and let’s hope it is sold with a more reasonable price tag than previous variants.

Mahindra has not disclosed information on mechanical fitments of the upcoming XUV500. The company has plunged into the novel hybrid tech theory. Mahindra stunned the public with its hybrid XUV500 car, the first ever hybrid car to launch injected with electric and diesel power trains. The significance of the using electric and diesel engine is lesser fuel consumption. Mahindra has hence lowered the fuel consumption rate by massive 18%. A new XUV500 hybrid sounds exhilarating, because of the double excitement caused by SUV and hybrid vehicle. Let’s hope Mahindra launches the car soon.

XUV500 is a stellar product in Indian and international markets, the car are a major hit in South Africa, US and many other nations. The SUV segment has become more competitive than before, the past years have witnessed a sudden surge in new SUV products, decorated with modern SUV material. The new products are Volkswagen Taigun, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport. A new XUV500 Sport Edition piece will heat up the arch rivalry that exists in this segment. XUV500 has thrilled the public to the core since its arrival; a new Sportz Edition variant of the car will churn greater thrill moments. The common theme here is sporty, the earlier model looks impressively sporty, and outdoor signatures are inscribed on the new Sportz edition car. Imagine the excitement post launch.

Images of the car are up on the web, it looks super pristine and polished.

Senna and Chandok chosen to participate in the upcoming Mahindra Formula E race

Mahindra Formula E is a thrilling event in racing circuit, there is excellent news for ardent racing fans. The team that has signed up for the upcoming Mahindra Racing Formula E event has been exposed. The participants are F1 driver Karun Chandhok and Brunno Senna from Brazil. The signature aspect of the event is participants will ride on electric vehicles.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

The selection process is rigorous, Mahindra has selected three out of tem tams to participate in 2014 Mahindra Formula E racing. The components of Mahindra Formula E event will be outsourced by Carlin Motorsport, an acclaimed British racing outfit. The products obtained from Carlin Motorsport are used in many competitive and exciting events like World Series conducted by Renault, GP2 and Formula 3.

This is not the first time; Carlin has offered to produce its outfit to Indian racing circuit. Way back in 1999, the company manufactured outfits for British F3 race, when Narain Karthikeyan participated and won the race. Since then Carlin is in huge demand.

The thrilling and challenging Mahindra Formula E will be led by Dilbagh Gill, the principle head. He has worked with an array of pioneering sporting majors such as A1GP and many others. In 2011 Dilbagh joined Mahindra Group.

The upcoming race is worth looking forward to with power figures like Senna and Chandhok. The partnership is not new, the two have participated at iSport squad in 2008 and in 2010, and the two had ventured into their first F1 race with HRT F1 team. On being selected to participate in the event, Chandhok said, ‘I am thrilled to participate in Mahindra Formula E, the team is putting in a lot of hard work into the tournament, and it’s encouraging to witness support of senior participants, who will compete in the rigorous European Le Mans series. It is a great honour to be the sole Indian participant. Senna is participating in World Endurance FIA Championship and will drive the Aston Martin. On the upcoming event he said, ‘’I’m delighted to participate in Mahindra Racing; the team is enthusiastic about the racing and aiming to become pioneers of Formula E racing. There are many techniques to grasp, race fans will enjoy the event to the core contributed by proficient drivers and high-tech cars.’’

Mahindra Formula E is a global event; the contestants are from France, China, USA, Japan, Germany and UK. The electric cars are super powerful, the single electric seats pump out 260bhp. For those who can’t wait, the event is scheduled for the 14th of September in Beijing and will span through many nations in the days that follow.

Ardent race fans can view the Mahindra Formula E calendar that provides a clear description of the country, place and date of event. Mahindra Formula E is a unique event, because of the high-tech nature of the tournament with electric cars. Driving an electric car is a moment of exhilaration for car buffs; imagine the thrill factor that goes with driving a one seat electric car. Viewers will certainly be glued to the game.

New PM of India prefers special Mahindra Scorpio over luxury car

The change of ruling party in the Indian government might also bring about a change in the vehicle of the most powerful person in India right now. The new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his personal particular preferences, and has reportedly expressed his preference for the trusted convoy of the special armored Mahindra Scorpios that he used in his campaigning days.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

According to a senior leader, who is closely associated with Mr. Modi said that Modiji had used armored Scorpio vehicles during his campaigns all over the country and also used the trusted convoy as the chief minister of Gujarat as well. He trusts the vehicle so much that he wishes to retain the vehicles at his office at 7 Race Course Road as well. His wish however, is subject to approval from the Special Protection Group (SPG) that will ensure his security.

Ever since the year 2003, the Prime Minister of India has been endowed with an armored BMW 7 series guarded by a convoy of other armored BMWX5 SUV vehicles that are manned by the SPG, the security group in-charge for all high designation administrators in India. Earlier, the now so unassuming Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador did the duty for the most powerful people in India, but the SPG took it on itself to strengthen the security in the light of heightened threats. This ensured the German luxury car BMW to become the new symbol of VVIP convoys. The reinforced BMW vehicles are preferred any other heads of states across the world. The current Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee is driven around an armored Mercedes S Class, another highly accomplished luxury car.

However, Narendra Modi prefers the Indian Mahindra Scorpio and likes high seating position that offers him a superior view of the road ahead. He is also prefers to sit next to the driver and not at the back.

The armored BMW 7 series is a highly sophisticated powerful vehicle that can withstand terror attacks. Though the exact specifications and security equipped in the car are not disclosed, the custom-made armored vehicle uses smart lightweight and sturdy materials that cater to the highest safety requirements and yet little weight.

Some of the features of this highly safe vehicle include capabilities to run on flat tyres, attack alarm, self-sealing fuel tank, an intercom system to communicate with the outside world; it can withstand attacks from hand grenades, pistols or rifle fires including and even latest chemical weapons. The vehicle is also equipped with an emergency oxygen cylinder.

Mahindra and Mahindra is the country’s largest supplier of special armored vehicles. The company said that it is capable of converting the Scorpios as per SPG’s requirements. It added that the special vehicles would be delivered within 12-14 weeks after SPG’s approval.

Mahindra’s ED and president of automotive & farm equipment divisions, Dr. Pawan Goenka said that if Mr Modi chooses to continue with the armored Scorpios, then it will be a matter of pride and honor for the company.

Mahindra preparing to launch the XUV500 Sportz Special Edition model

India bred auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra had revealed some time back that the company is readying a special edition model of its hot selling XUV500 premium SUV pretty soon. The special edition model of the popular XUV500 will be launched in the domestic car market to keep the consumers engaged until the refreshed new model makes way in India. According to the sources close to the development the special edition model of the XUV500 which is called ‘Sportz’ will be based on the high-end variant W8 of the XUV500 and will flaunt some interesting cosmetic upgrades. As this will be special edition model, the changes or additions made to the vehicle will be limited to the cosmetic level only and it will also appear similar to the standard model with no design revision as well.

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue body color

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue

As far as the exterior visual appeal is concerned, the special edition Sportz XUV500 is expected to flaunt some additional and attractive new body graphics in order to mark it as a special edition model and to distinguish it from the regular model. Though not many details are available on this upcoming special edition model other small but trendy additions are also likely to make their way in the XUV500 Sportz exterior in order to make it more appealing and premium. The Sportz logo will surely be flaunted at the rear of the car to make it stand out from the regular model.

On the inside as well, Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to endow new even more stylish and premium upholstery to make the vehicle even more special from the inside as well. The Sportz logo might be featured on the car seat covers as well. As the W8 variant of the XUV500 is already fully packed with world class premium equipments, the special edition model is not expected to add to the list, however some subtle changes in the feature front could be made as well.

Under the hood, the Mahindra XUV500 Sportz edition will not get any sort of alteration and being a special edition model will offer the exactly same specifications as the other variants in the XUV500 range. Thus, it will be powered by the same 2.2 liter powerful mHawk diesel mill. This vigorous engine generates a max power of 140 Bhp and a pea torque of 330 Nm. The engine will be mated to the usual 6 speed manual transmission gearbox.

According to the sources close to the production development of Mahindra & Mahindra, the special edition model of the XUV500 is almost ready and could be soon launched in the domestic car market. Recently, Mahindra & Mahindra is facing a lot of low demand issues due to the market slump and the excise duty reduction also could not come to its rescue. Mahindra is currently busy working on a number of new upcoming launches, while several refreshed models of the existing products are also on the way including that of the XUV500 and the Scorpio.