Spied – Mahindra S101 reveals its dashboard-mounted gearlever

Posted on: May 28, 2014 - 9:39am IST

The Mahindra S101 was caught on test recently near Chennai, where the company has its R&D center Mahindra Research Valley. The prototypes used for testing weren’t fitted with production ready body panels or lights until recently. Even now, the taillights sport just the basic bulbs for the turn indicator, brake light and reverse light.

Spied Mahindra S101 in Chennai front quarter
The S101 prototype is now seen with more complete production body panels and headlights.

An image showing the interior of the S101 highlights the dashboard mounted gearlever. Relocating the gearlever from the floor to the center console frees up space for a bench type front passenger seat, and we will not be surprised if Mahindra were to market the S101 as a six seater (in a 3+3 configuration).

The interior image also shows the steering wheel which appears to be of a new design unseen in any Mahindra vehicle sold till date. The design of the steering wheel seems influenced by that of the XUV’s.

Spied Mahindra S101 in Chennai interiors
Expect the front row to get a bench type seat thanks to the dashboard mounted gear lever.

The S101 will be a sub-4 meter product built on an all-new monocoque platform developed by Mahindra. It will be powered by petrol and diesel engines, the former jointly in development with subsidiary Ssangyong. The new petrol mill is reported to be a 1.2-liter three-cylinder unit, to adhere its beneficiaries to Indian small car regulations.

The S101 will roll out from Mahindra’s new Cheyyar plant located in Tamil Nadu from next year.

Mahindra S101 Spy Image Gallery

[Images from Motor Vikatan]

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2 thoughts on “Spied – Mahindra S101 reveals its dashboard-mounted gearlever

  1. Dhananjayan says:

    The headlights hints at an XUV like front. Hope it isnt ugly as the XUV.

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  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Hopefully the 3 cylinder engine is as good as Ecosport or better. Considering the competition anything less will be disheartening and derail this product even before it gets rolling. For some reason we have not heard much about the new engines that they are developing with Ssangyong. Considering the development skills, relatively small organization, and poor capability of this Korean outfit in the past, I don’t have good feelings about this. Hopefully Mahindra team has some upper hand in the development of this engine, even though such developments are done with consulting companies like AVL.

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