Spied – Mahindra’s EcoSport slayer S101 is caught again


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

We all know that Mahindra is cooking up a compact SUV that targets the Ford EcoSport. Codenamed Mahindra S101, the mini SUV has started making news lately.

Mahindra S101 spied in Tirupur front
The test mule, with decoy elements, doesn’t give away the design details of the car.

Mahindra had restricted itself from taking the SUV outside the premises of its R&D centre located in Chennai, but not anymore. The mini SUV has graduated to the testing phase and here is a set of spyshots from Tirupur, the textile capital of South India, sent in by Mr. Subramaniam to Motor Vikatan.

The test mule wears decoy body parts and is thickly camouflaged. If you remember, this is how Mahindra started testing the XUV500 and the Quanto in 2010. The production car would have the mule’s footprint but that’s about how much we can decipher from these shots.

Mahindra S101 spied in Tirupur side
The overall size is in the ballpark of the Ford EcoSport.

Just like the Ford EcoSport, the S101 will be a sub-four metre vehicle looking to cater to the SUV frenzy Indian customers. While the Quanto is more or less a makeshift arrangement, the S101 will be a car that is developed from the scratch to be an SUV for urban needs.

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