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Mahindra S101 spotted testing again

Snapshot: Mahindra S101 recently spotted in Chennai while testing. The new compact SUV is likely to enter the Indian market before the end of 2014

Mahindra is continuing the testing of its upcoming compact-SUV S101 (codename). The test mule recently got clicked in India in Chennai. As seen in the images, the mule was completely camouflaged, revealing very little styling details about its design but the compact dimensions and high stance like other Mahindra's are prominent in the new model. The car will in all probability be sub-4 metre in length to get government excise benefits, which mean that pricing will be competitive. It will be powered by the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, that also does duty under the hood of Quanto.

This oil burner produces power of 100 BHP and 240 Nm of torque which is expected to come in a better set of tune. However, the company still has to finalise styling elements like headlights, tail lamps and might redesign the bumpers too but the S101 is expected to look like a chopped yet more modern version of the XUV500. The car seen in the pics here has temporary halogen lamps.

The Mahindra S101 is constructed on an all-new monocoque chassis while the suspension setup is likely to be similar to the Quanto's setup, but with major upgrades to improve the dynamics. Mahindra's R&D center is said to be working on the development of a new petrol engine which is likely to make its debut on this new model also.

The S101 will be Mahindra's new player which company hopes will provide it with a solid footing in the compact-SUV segment in the market. However, the Quanto already represents Mahindra in this segment but it has never succeeded to make an impact over the compact SUV buyers in India. Hopefully, the S101 will be a more direct rival to the likes of the Ford EcoSport. Although, the company has not shared any word over its launch as yet but we expect it to reach the Mahindra's outlets before the end of 2014.



Image Source - Motorbeam.com

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