With the XUV500 in 2011, Mahindra expanded its off-roaders line beyond the Scorpio and Bolero. Since then, the car-maker had introduced Quanto (now called NuvoSport), TUV300 and KUV100, now the company has sought to repeat it with a new midsize model slotting between the KUV100 and the TUV300 – the sub-compact SUV (codename: Mahindra S201).
This new model will be based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform, and this is the reason you find Tivoli being tested in India. Unlike Duster and Terrano, Mahindra in collaboration with Pininfarina and SsangYong will redesign the vehicle completely, and this won’t be limited to cross-badging. In addition, the Tivoli will not be on-sale in India, owing to the Rexton’s poor performance in the country.
Engine options for the Mahindra S201 is unclear at the moment, Mahindra do offers a wide range of diesel engines, but not many petrol ones. The KUV100’s mFALCON G80 61 kW (82 bhp) 1.2-litre 4 cyl petrol engine will feel underpowered for the S201, thus, a newly developed 1.5-litre petrol engine by engineers at both Mahindra and Ssangyong is very likely to be introduced.
Once launched, the S201 Compact SUV will eat shares of the immensely popular Maruti Vitara Brezza, Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta.
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