Mahindra is vigorously testing the Mahindra S201. A test mule was recently spotted in the outskirts of Chennai, courtesy Anything On Wheels.
The Mahindra S201 sits on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform. Mahindra will sell it in two versions - one with a sub-4 metre body and the other with an elongated body that offers three rows of seating. The test mule seen here is most likely the 5-seat version. The S201 will slot above the Mahindra TUV300 as the more contemporary and premium option.
Reports suggest that the S201 will differ from the SsangYong Tivoli in terms of appearance. Changes will be restricted mostly to the front, where one of the changes may include a unique upper grille. The interior will be largely carried over from the South Korean SUV. Mahindra will offer the S201 with a 1.2-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol engine will produce around 140 hp and the diesel engine will develop as much as 125 hp.
The 5-seat Mahindra S201 will rival the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur in India. Its market launch will take place in mid-2018.
[Image Source: Anything On Wheels]