Here are some spyshots sent by BharathAutos reader Hemant Pednekar, of a new sub-compact crossover from Mahindra that’s expected to receive its market launch in India this December, as per the anonymous Mahindra official.
These S101 crossover convoy was spotted in Verna, Goa. Already a lot has been uncovered about the Mahindra’s next big product, including its market name which could be the Mahindra XUV100. This will be the second product in Mahindra’s portfolio to be based on a monocoque platform and get front-wheel-drive layout, after the XUV500.
The sub-compact crossover would be aiming to lure hatchback buyers with its higher ride height and a spacious cabin. Expected to be priced Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom), the new entry-level Mahindra car will compete with the likes of Maruti Celerio, Hyundai Grand i10 and Chevrolet Beat. This all-new platform is expected to underpin more models in future.
A 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine co-developed with Ssangyong is believed to be the main engine choice, while a mHawk 80 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine debuted on the Mahindra TUV300 will also be on offer. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox and an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), both sending power to the front wheels. The company is also rumored to be developing a new 1.2-liter diesel engine, but details of it are scarce at the moment.
What do you think – how will the Mahindra S101 stack up against its rivals?
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GALLERY: Mahindra S101 (Mahindra XUV100)