Mahindra S101 front and rear quarter revealed in new spy shots
Spotted in Chandigarh about 10 days back, the S101 was seen testing in Chennai recently with no prominent changes in attire. The sub 4 metre EcoSport rival will be launched in 2015 at a price range of 5.5 to 8.5 lakhs.
The makeshift headlights and tail lamps suggest that it is far from final stage of development, so do the ill fitting front bumper and missing rear bumper. The ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirror) is seen only on the driver’s side, we’re guessing thatâ€™s because it is also pending development. The S101 is likely to share ingredients of Quanto’s although the former is shorter with its new monocoque chassis.
New petrol engines are expected to be co-developed by Mahindra and its Korean subsidiary SsangYong, likely a turbocharged 3 cylinder 1.2 litre or 4 cylinder 1.4 litre. Mahindra’s earlier petrol engines had some compromises as they were based on diesel engines but this new independent petrol lineup should be a good contender in the segment. A Smaller displacement diesel engine is also anticipated to power the S101.
The question remains whether Mahindra will launch the S101 with a flat front seat to make a 3+3 SUV. If so, what safety options will be provided without affecting the cost factor.
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