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Mahindra S201 (codename) is a SsangYong engineered SUV for India

 
SsangYong Tivoli at 2016 Geneva

SsangYong X100 platform would help Mahindra target the successful Creta without exceeding the cost structure.

Mahindra is reported to be working on a compact crossover to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Codenamed as Mahindra S201, the new SUV will be based on SsangYong’s X100 platform.

The X100 platform also underpins the SsangYong Tivoli which was showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year.

SsangYong Tivoli Air South Korea launch

The X100 platform has also spawned a stretched version of the Tivoli which is called as XLV or Tivoli Air.

Economic Times reports that Mahindra is currently in talks with its Korean subsidiary to get the licensing rights to the X100 platform. Though Mahindra owns SsangYong, the latter’s board has three independent directors who have to approve of this move.

Mahindra is not expected to face any hurdles in securing the platform rights. While the hardware will be shared with the Tivoli, the Mahindra top hat is expected to be entirely new, possibly with considerable inputs from Pininfarina.

It’s to be noted that the X100 platform has also spawned an extended derivative of Tivoli called the XLV (Tivoli Air in Korea). The existence of two SsangYong products of different sizes points towards the platform’s flexibility. However, it’s too early to speculate if the Mahindra S201 will be a 5-seater or 7-seater.

SsangYong Tivoli at 2016 Geneva

Mahindra has already started working on the S201 crossover based on Tivoli’s platform.

ET also reports that in Mahindra and SsangYong will work jointly in developing the new 1.5-litre TGDI (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection). This motor would be used by all X100-based products and is expected to be ready by 2018.

SsangYong Tivoli – Photos

Via – Economictimes.Indiatimes.com

 

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