A couple of weeks before, AutoCarIndia shocked the entire automobile enthusiast with firstever spy pictures of Mahindra’s upcoming compact SUV codenamed ‘S101’. Now they come-up with rendered image giving us a brief idea of what the production model might look like. If you watch this carefully, you can see some inspiration drawn from its big brother XUV5OO, thus, there are chances that Mahindra might call it with a similar name – XUV1OO, XUV2OO or Babloo.
It will be the third offering from Mahindra in the sub-four-metre segment after the Quanto and the upcoming Verito CS. According to AutoCarIndia, the S101 is based on an all-new monocoque chassis and will sit below the Quanto. Furthermore, they shockingly reveal that apart from a confirmed 6-seating option, Mahindra is also working on 7- and 8-seater configuration. How, in the whole world, will they manage it, only future will reveal!
Also from the previous spy pictures, it is evident that Mahindra is intelligently packing stuff. The spyshot of the front seat shows that there is no center console and the gear lever moves up on to the dashboard providing leg room middle passenger, that means 3-adults can be seated in the front row like something seen in old cars such as hand geared Fiat Padmini and HM Ambassador. This mini-SUV is really interesting, Mahindra has done its best to make S101 an instant hit.
Mahindra is developing 6 new engines and S101 will get a diesel and a petrol engine from this family. The S101 will be a front-wheel drive car and speculated to come powered by a 1.2-litre turbo petrol motor and 1.5-litre oil burner. Also the company is likely to come-up with many new cars based on a same platform. This includes a luxurious version of S101, codenamed ‘S102′.
This interesting mini-SUV’s another plus point is that it would be priced aggressively, possibly starting as low as Rs 5 laks for the base model, which means it will have a large bookings and take months to get deliver the vehicle to the eager customers. If everything goes well, Mahindra S101 might see the light of the day by the end of 2014.
Checkout another picture below the jump.