Mahindra S101 compact SUV test ends in rollover and crash

Pictures of the soon to be launched Mahindra S101 compact SUV have been revealed. The model, which should come in at a base price of INR 5 lakhs, has been sighted on test in a number of locations though heavily camouflaged.

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Mahindra’s compact SUV that has oft been spotted on test runs has now taken a tumble. Quite literally so. Mahindra S101 will measure under 4 meters in length ensuring a favourable price tag, a dilemma that has plagued M&M since the Union Budget this year.

While Mahindra sells the highest number of SUV’s in India, it surely looks like a lot of testing remains with a rollover like this. The heavily camoflouged SUV does wear a wide front grille. In what seems a rather what’s meant to be is meant to be scenario, this test car crashed into a Tamil sign post that reads, ‘For emergency contact 108′.

The test mule from Mahindra, code named as on date S101 tested for a rollover and crash somewhere in the Nilgiri ghats. The rollover resulted in some vehicle damage, a crowd of curious onlookers, and these photographs. M&M well versed in styling rough and rugged SUVs has gone a step further in the design of this upcoming model. To have higher ground clearance and high riding stance which are must see features to tackle Indian road conditions, the new Mahindra SUV should also possess higher centers of gravity.

Mahindra’s S101 is expected to be ¬†cheapest SUV in the company lineup and will come in at a price tag that will even rival B Segment hatchbacks. It will possess seating capacity for upto 6 adults, while it will be powered by a 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine also seen on board the Quanto. Mahindra is also developing a 1.2 liter petrol engine with SsangYong which may make its way into the S101.

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