Mahindra S101 or XUV 100 as speculated has been caught testing and what seems like these are the final product spec vehicles. Mahindra has had a good 2015 with 2 major launches XUV 500 facelift, automatic version and the new baby TUV 300 which has been quite successful in the first three months of launch.
The S101 or XUV 100 is going to be Mahindra first product to be introduced in the popular and most competitive small car segment which is ruled by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.
The S101 was caught testing looks like the final production model and may be in its final phase of testing. The vehicle was caught testing in Goa some weeks before.
The S101 like the Renault Kwid will feature an SUV stance and in the camouflaged model looks like a Range Rover Evoque (please stretch your imagination a bit here). On the front the grille is similar to that found on the XUV 500 and Scorpio unlike the TUV 300 and mesh finished ducts on the lower end of the bumper. From the side the vehicle looks like a hatchback with a sloping roof line. The rear end is round and the overall silhouette is quite proportional. The S101 or XUV 100 gets door handles similar to the Chevrolet Beat mounted on the door pillars.
The cabin gets bench style seating in the front row and dash mounted gear box. The Infotainment system gets a LCD screen with AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Power will come from a newly developed 1.2 petrol engine with about 60-65 horse power and the diesel engine will be borrowed from TUV 300. Transmission options include a 5 speed manual and Mahindra may offer an AMT in furture.
The S101 or XUV 100 will be launched in January and could be priced under Rs. 4.5 lakhs.
Competition basket includes – Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo, Hyundai Grand i10 and the upcoming Tata Motors Zica hatchback.
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