Mahindra’s EcoSport rival, S101, caught testing in daylight

Posted on: May 6, 2013 - 11:19am IST

Mahindra’s first real compact SUV, developed under the codename ‘S101’, has been in the news for the last couple of years. The baby SUV would be made with learnings from the XUV500 project, for a segment Mahindra hasn’t sold its vehicles to before.

The tentative positioning of what would be Mahindra’s smallest creation yet, could be in the 4-6 lakh rupee segment. The S101 would brush shoulders with B+ segment hatches from Maruti and Hyundai.

Mahindra S101 rear spyshot
The S101 carries a curvy roofline and horizontally oriented stop lights.

Like with all early prototypes, Mahindra doesn’t want you to see what’s going on in the skunk works. The mule is fully camouflaged and sections of its front and rear are missing as many part designs may not be frozen yet.

The stop light cluster is placed on either side of the tailgate unlike the Scorpio or Quanto which have them vertically stacked on the D-Pillar. The roofline is curvier than current Mahindra SUV’s. The stance could be more of a hatchback on stilts rather than that of a go-anywhere SUV’s.

2013 Chevrolet Trax rear
The S101 could be Mahindra’s Chevrolet Trax

Considering its price and size, we are confident that the Mahindra S101 is a monocoque construction with a transverse layout. The engine displacement would be under 1.5-liters for diesel, and if there’s a petrol option, expect that to displace between 1-1.2-liters perhaps with turbocharging. The XUV branding is advisable to use, perhaps this could be sold as the XUV250.

Mahindra S101 front spyshot
Design of body parts such as headlamps and grille may still not be frozen.

The obvious competitors to the S101 are the Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax and the Volkswagen Taigun. Should Ssangyong rebadge the S101, it can immediately offer an SUV to fill the void below the Korando in markets outside India.

Without much ado, we’re waiting for’s readers to send images of a more complete Mahindra S101 test mule.

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7 thoughts on “Mahindra’s EcoSport rival, S101, caught testing in daylight

  1. Praveen says:

    Seems as a Hatch ..else can be similar to FIAT panda ..nothing to compete with ecosport or Duster or comming Maruti Alpha ….

  2. Mohammed says:

    We call this TINY car as a compact SUV ? It is as SMALL as the i20 besides it’s seen on pic 1.

    Looks like we’ve redefining the SUV definition in India. Call it a Hatchback SUV, if you want to …recently we saw the Ecosport parked next to hatchbacks and appearing as small as they’re. Strange are the ways of people …these cars don’t serve any functions of an SUV and are named as SUV’s ? We might see the Alto 800 or even the Nano relaunced as compact SUV’s in the near future 🙂

  3. Vin says:

    Is this thing road legal in the avatar its been tested. I dont see any bumpers / number plates etc.

  4. Jag says:

    Great scoop sir .
    Btw is it confirmed that chevorlet in bringing the trax to India ?

    1. No GM India has not said anything about the Trax, but we believe the demeanor of the S101 could match with the Trax’s.

      1. W110 says:

        I seriously believe that this cant be compared to Chevy Trax. Its bigger and a class above if I am right.

        This certainly looks like a Vista from Mahindra looking at the size and stance!

        Tata could very well bring in a raised suspension, tyre and place it as Vista Crossover against Ecosport. That crossover looked hot but no more Indica/go to hide the sales number please Tata.

        lol, the first photo shows a natural comparison between I20 and this tiny hatchback 🙂

  5. sandy says:

    I hope they are not cutting XUV5OO within 4 meters. First pic with i20 depicts that its gonna be new chassis with similar sized wheels as seen on i20, but suspension seems beefed up well. Could be a good rival to EcoSports if not the likes of Duster. But may prove mid to fatal competitor to its rival; just like relatively undersized Ertiga pulling down Innova.


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