IAB reader snaps Mahindra S201 (SsangYong Tivoli based compact SUV) undergoing testing
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Mahindra will launch a SsangYong Tivoli based sub-4 m compact SUV this year. Referred to by its codename Mahindra S201, the upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza rival was spotted testing in Tamil Nadu by IAB reader Madhan.
The spy shots captured are of a Mahindra S201 test mile wearing production ready body. Design elements visible in these images are roof rails, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, rear roof spoiler, split tail lights with LED signature, bumper mounted rear reflectors/fog lamps, and 5-split spoke alloy wheels. The rear haunch above the wheel, thick C-pillar, and the DLO are reminiscent of the SsangYong Tivoli. One of the images, upon closer inspection, reveals the presence of rear disc brakes.
The Mahindra S201's interior was spied earlier this month. The images revealed a dashboard layout almost completely identical to the SsangYong Tivoli. Features revealed by the images include engine start/stop button, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and steering wheel mounted controls. Expect dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat anchorage points to be offered as standard.
As has already been mentioned, the Mahindra S201 will duck under the 4 m length restriction imposed on small cars. As per reports, it will use a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The former is likely to be a turbocharged unit with a max power of 140 hp. There will be a 6-speed manual transmission. No word on the availability of an automatic transmission yet.
The Mahindra S201 will rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and the Tata Nexon. It could be priced in the INR 8-11 lakhs (ex-showroom) bracket. In the compact UV space, Mahindra already has the TUV300, NuvoSport, and the Bolero Power Plus.
Mahindra will launch the S201 compact SUV and the U321 MPV by this festive as per a report from March. Another upcoming Mahindra product is the Mahindra badged version of the SsangYong Rexton. The company has also tied up with Ford to co-develop SUVs, EVs, and connected car solutions.