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More Details Of Mahindra S101 Compact SUV Emerge


Mahindra S101 Rendering Front

Mahindra is hoping to lift its fortunes by introducing new products in the affordable compact segment. The sub 4-metre lineup of Mahindra already consists of the chopped off Xylo, the Quanto and will soon be joined by the Verito Vibe hatchback in the first week of June (5th). The compact SUV in talks, codenamed S101 is under works, which is intended to compete head on with the soon to be launched Ford EcoSport. We had recently seen spyshots of the S101 fully camouflaged and now more details of the compact SUV have emerged.

The Mahindra S101 will be a new design altogether compared to the Quanto. The baby SUV is being developed on a new monocoque platform that has been designed to duck the vehicle under the 4-metre mark to enjoy excise duty benefits. The S101 has a hatchback like stance but the designers have managed to add some muscle to give it a compact SUV appearance. The design includes high window line, wide front bumper with high mounted grille. The rear door will get a spare wheel housing, which will give an added SUV feel.

The rear-mounted spare wheel also helps the manufacturer for better interior packaging, which results in more cabin space. Talking about the interior space, Mahindra has fitted two bucket seats up front, a single driver’s seat with a wide two-seat passenger bench alongside. The gear lever has been positioned onto the dashboard for added legroom for the middle passenger. In this way the Mahindra S101 can accommodate six passengers but the automaker is rumored to offer a seven or even eight-seater option with the S101.

For the engine options, Mahindra is expected to offer the S101 with the same 3-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine powering the Quanto, producing 98 BHP. Power and torque figures will be tuned up for the S101 and the engine will be transversely mounted, as seen on the XUV500.

Mahindra is developing new engines ranging from 1.2-litres to 1.6-litres, with an investment of Rs. 4300 crore on development. The petrol engine is likely to be a 1.2-litre turbo motor, which comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A more luxurious version is also considered, codenamed as the S102. The S101 is expected with a starting price of Rs. 5 lakhs, hitting the market during 2014.

Mahindra S101 Interiors Spyshot

Mahindra S101 Rendering Side

Source – Autocar India

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  • Jagadeesh.D May 17, 2013, 9:09 pm

    The Above design is awesome. With a 4 Cylinder DOHC 1.5L Diesel, 90 or 95 BHP Power, 5 Speed Manual, 6 Seater with 205/70 R15″ Wheels, 200 mm GC, with reasonable interiors and Price around 6.5L to 8L would be selling like a hot cakes for the Indian Road Conditions. I believe everybody will agree with me. Mahindra Engineers Please proceed with the above Design & Specs.

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  • karan May 17, 2013, 9:23 pm

    LOL….. what the hell is this, i thought they already covered it with quanto. Companies are just desperately trying to fill a segment to boost sales. Only compact SUV that i think actually took its time from R&D to market is Evoque, and it shows. This on the other hand is a disgrace to the segment itself.

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  • Ravi May 17, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Mahindra works well but put the vehical in market without any complained

    now xuv 500 has some complained about the interior are not upmarket fell and breacks

    my favourite car company is Mahindra

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  • Ninu May 18, 2013, 11:56 am

    Wheels are spoiling the design language as well as roof line at rear. Rest is good.

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  • Ninu May 18, 2013, 11:59 am

    And most probably it will come with 3 cylinder 100 bhp diesel engine from Quanto.

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  • Ninu May 18, 2013, 12:02 pm

    gear lever seems to be mounted on dashboard like Ritz..

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  • Ninu May 18, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I think its illegal to seat three in front as ELR type seatbelts (are mandatory for front)can’t be fitted if three people sit in front.

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  • Akash May 18, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Abe 8 log kahaan baithenge ??? Xuv 500 me bhi 8 nahi bethte . . . . . . . ???

    Name it XUV100 :D

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  • Rajan May 18, 2013, 7:26 pm

    Mahindra – Whatever you do, please launch niggle free products. XUV500 owners are not totally happy with their ownership. Scirpio still holds the glory as “Most problem reported per 100 customer” under the SUV category on the survey against number of issues reported by new owners of any vehicle. You can see many XUV 500 in Sunday classifieds…

    I liked the front looks, side looks is not aggressive. Spare wheel looks like a after thought. Roof line abruptly ends at the rear. Gear on dashboard will be time bomb when two people sit in the front, aimed straight to your throat. All the best Mahindra with your thoughtless design… we thoughless customers will flock at it when its launched… and then worry about the maiden niggles….

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  • Dhruv May 19, 2013, 5:28 am

    I personally do not like the 6-seater position. I hope they make a conventional 5-seater position.

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  • srijith May 19, 2013, 8:45 pm

    Heavily inspired from Audi Q series

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  • kishor chavan June 12, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Three in front is not bad idea at all.Only thing, try and bring in small petrol engine like Ecosport (1.0 to 1.2 & 100 odd bhp) with the price tag under 5 lac. should be a game changer, or else this will be another story like Logan or Verito. Remember, you need to be one step ahead of Swift as it is most reliable product then only you will be able capture the market like Maruti.

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