Homegrown automaker, Mahindra will soon launch the Alturas G4 7-seater premium SUV. Additionally, the company is gearing up for the launch of a sub-4 meter SUV - codenamed S201 - in the first quarter of 2019. This small SUV will be offered in petrol and diesel guise, and will rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. What's interesting is that the company is also working on an all-electric version of this SUV. The all-electric version of the SUV will arrive in the first quarter of 2020. This revelation was made by Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra on the sidelines of the announcement of Mahindra's Q2 results.
The company will invest Rs 4,000 crore into electric vehicles by 2022. The Mahindra S201 Electric is expected to receive a new 380-volt system, which is jointly developed by Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited and SsangYong. The vehicle will offer a driving range of 250km (New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)). The S201 Electric could accelerate to 100kmph from zero in just 11 seconds before hitting a top speed of 150kmph. This will be the brand's second all-new electric SUV; first will be the eKUV100 which will be launched in 2019.
Dr Goenka confirms that the brand's upcoming EVs will be based on the monocoque chassis. He ruled out the possibility of an EV based on the ladder-on-frame. It was speculated that the Scorpio electric could also arrive in future. In fact, rumours also suggest that the Mahindra XUV Aero could be a future electric SUV.
The Mahindra S201 is built on the SsangYong X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. While most of the body panels and design bits shared with Korean sibling, the S201 will have different front and rear design. It will sit below 4 meter in length, while the Tivoli measure above 4 meter. The SUV will also mark the debut of Mahindra's new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which can produce up to 140bhp of power. The diesel version will receive a 1.5-litre engine from Marazzo, which offers 121bhp of power and 300Nm of torque.