The upcoming Mahindra compact SUV codenamed S101 has been spotted once again. This time, a couple of pictures reveal many details about the interiors too.
Mahindra has been known for its UVs and SUVs in the Indian market. Most of the other segments it has ventured into have been a case of low sales for them. Concentrating on the core strength is what most companies do and Mahindra is doing the same too. With compact SUVs being the new rage, they are coming up with not one but two offerings at different price points. While the TUV300 will be the bigger out of the two and the pricier one, the S101 will be an affordable option. Recently, the S101 was spied testing in India and the pictures reveal the interiors too.
Although Mahindra is calling the S101 a compact SUV, we would say it is more of a hatchback with higher ground clearance, more height and additional space. On the exteriors, the car will get projector headlamps, grille inspired by newer Mahindra offerings, rear wiper, wraparound tail lamps and 15-inch wheels shod with 185/65 tyres. Features like ORVM integrated turn indicators and fog lamps might be added to the top-end variant. While the exteriors look pretty standard, it is the interiors which are interesting and are feature loaded like modern Mahindra cars.
A dual tone dashboard welcomes the ones entering the Mahindra S101 and plenty of silver accents add to the looks. Although the spotted vehicle isn’t the top-end variant, it gets plenty of features asserting the fact that the top-end variant is likely to get more features. A touch-screen audio system sits right under the rectangular centre AC vents. Three knobs arranged vertically to control the AC sit below the music system and the gear lever has moved next to these knobs. This has been done in order to make space for the third passenger in the front row which makes the S101 a 6-seater vehicle.
The Mahindra S101 doesn’t get any chrome inserts on the inside while the exteriors are likely to get some to add to the design. The rear seat looks comfortable for three people since the bench is relatively flat but under-thigh support may be a problem. The middle seat in the front row also folds down to become an armrest and a very comfortable one at that. Front seats get fixed headrests which will be comfortable enough for most but a few wouldn’t like it. Rear seats however get two adjustable headrests while the middle passenger has to make do with a fixed one. A launch early next year seems likely as the TUV300 is scheduled to launch next month and Mahindra wouldn’t want to launch two vehicles in quick succession.
Source – MotorTrend.in