Spied - Maruti Swift-rivaling Mahindra S101 caught on test

16/08/2014 - 13:26 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will source power from new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The Mahindra S101 was recently spotted testing by Facebook user Mathews Naveen. As mentioned earlier, the S101 (codename) is expected to be Mahindra's all-new entry-level offering, and would launch sometime next year.

Mahindra S101 spied FB front
The S101 is being developed at Mahindra's R&D center in Chennai.

The S101 will have compact dimensions (sub-4 meter length), and sources inform Indian Autos Blog that the car will be similar to a Swift (or any B+ hatchback) in terms of footprint. However, the seating position of the S101 will give the driver a feel of driving a crossover. As seen in the image below, the window line and positioning of the steering wheel and instrument cluster are a bit higher than a hatchback (the photograph is taken by a co-driver of a Chevrolet Spark).

Mahindra S101 spied FB side
Mahindra has given the car a high seating position.

Clever packaging of the interior could also result in the S101 offering a 3+3 seating layout, as previous spyshots have shown a dashboard-mounted gearlever. Also, expect the top-end variant of the car to have features such as ABS, dual airbags, steering mounted audio controls, a 2-DIN music system, and alloy wheels.

Mahindra S101 spied FB rear
The car is based on an all-new monocoque platform.

Before the S101's launch, Mahindra will introduce the Scorpio facelift this festive season

Based on an all-new monocoque platform, the car will be motored by new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Mahindra S101 - What to expect

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Competitors: VW Taigun, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon

Expected Price: INR 5-7 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Launch Date: 2015

[Spy Images from Facebook]

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