Update - Reader Shashi has shared an image of the Mahindra S201 parked next to the an earlier prototype of the Tivoli-based SUV. The image captures a few changes by Mahindra's designers and engineers which include trimming the length, redoing the tailgate and reorienting the stoplight to the horizontal position.
July 10, 2018
Mahindra is preparing a fresh assault on the compact SUV market with the SsangYong Tivoli based Mahindra S201. The Maruti Vitara Brezza/ Ford EcoSport challenger was spotted testing by Team-BHP user audioholic revealing a bit more of its front end.
The spy pictures reveal the presence of wraparound headlamps with sharp edges. Their internal structure features black bezels surrounding projector units for low-beam and conventional reflector units for high-beam. Information shared in the same thread makes mention of LED DRLs that extend all the way down to the bumper.
As observed on multiple occasions now, the rear end features LED tail lamps with a distinct LED signature. The number plate recess complements the lower profile of the tail lamp cluster. Further, the Mahindra S201 test mule can be seen sporting roof rails, 10-spoke alloy wheels, and a roof spoiler with integrated auxiliary stop lamp.
The interior of the Mahindra S201 borrows heavily from the SsangYong Tivoli. It gets the same centre console, central AC vents, steering wheel, and instrument panel. However, the steering wheel design of the final production-spec S201 may be different.
The compact SUV will be a 5-seater. Based on information shared elsewhere on the thread, the Mahindra S201 will feature, at least in its top-end grade, leather seats, push-button engine start/keyless entry, sunroof, and seven airbags (including knee, side & curtain airbags).
Mahindra will deploy 1.2 L turbo petrol and 1.5 L diesel engines. The former will reportedly have a power output of around 140 hp, which will make it the most powerful car in its segment by some margin.
The Mahindra S201 will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and the Tata Nexon. Expect to shell out anywhere between INR 8 and INR 11 lakhs for the SsangYong Tivoli derivative once it goes on sale around the 2018 festive period.
[source - Team-BHP]