Most of the new upcoming car models from the house of Mahindra & Mahindra usually get spied in or around Chennai, as the Indian car maker’s R&D center is located on the outskirts of Chennai. Similarly, the much awaited upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been getting spied testing numerous times in that same area and it keeps getting spotted very frequently, as the vehicle is on extensive test schedule.
The still codenamed Mahindra S101 has been testing for over a year now, and there’s still time before it actually lands in the showrooms. However, its launch time is getting closer and it is thus testing more vigorously than before. Nowadays, the test models of the S101 have revealed many details about the car as well, as Mahindra develops and finalizes the cars own body panels and design language. The S101 will be Mahindra first real compact SUV segment contender, as the Indian car maker does really have one right now, and the Quanto is just a chop-shop version of the Mahindra Xylo SUV. Mahindra, despite being the top SUV maker in India is missing out on all the action of the compact SUV segment and the S101 will be its chance to fight with the likes of the extremely popular Ford Ecosport.
From whatever is known as yet about the new S101, Mahindra is going to endow a newly developed 1.2 liter 3-cylinder petrol motor and a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder mCR100 diesel mill to power the vehicle’s petrol and diesel versions respectively. The S101 is going to be sub 4-metre aby SUV is expected to launch in India by the first half of 2015. The new Mahindra S101 will fight with the Ford EcoSport and a number of upcoming mini SUVs such as Volkswagen Taigun, Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha, and the baby SUVs that Honda, Hyundai and Tata Motors are planning to launch in the country. Rumors say that the Mahindra S101 will be very competitively priced and will be tagged between Rs. 5 to Rs. 7 lakh slab.
The Mahindra S101 has been caught doing its test rounds recently along with its own body panels, and it is thought that Mahindra has finally decided on its production version design. The compact SUV is expected to get a front bench type seat and has been spied with a dashboard mounted gearlever.
The latest set of spy pictures shows the S101 test prototype draped in the usual heavy camouflage, thus offering no new updates. However, it is reported that the new S101 is based on new monocoque platform and would draw design inspiration from the much larger, premium XUV500. It is speculated that the new Mahindra S101 baby SUV could get a slopping roofline and world-class features such as steering-mounted controls for infotainment system and auto climate-control. The Mahindra S101 is also expected to come with ample amount of safety measures, featuring 4 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, etc.