Mahindra S101 has been spied testing once again. Set to be slotted below the Quanto, the S101 compact SUV has been spotted testing in the suburbs of Chennai. These new spyshots reveal interesting bits about interiors of the car.
As can be seen in the images, the S101 will feature a center console mounted gear lever. With the gear lever moved up to the console, the space on the floor is freed up. With the space freed up, Mahindra may use the 2+1 seating configuration at the front, akin to the Datsun Go hatchback.
According to reports, the S101 will come with two new, highly modern, small capacity petrol engines from Mahindra. These engines are currently being developed with assistance from Ssangyong. While one of these engines would be a three pot unit, the other would be a four pot petrol unit. The upcoming engines won’t even be remotely related to any of the older Mahindra petrol engines and hence, it is safe to assume that unlike older petrol engines from the car maker, the upcoming crop of motors won’t be derived from diesel engines.
Speaking about the upcoming engines, Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director M&M, has previously said, “We are currently working on two engines, a three and a four cylinder, coming out of the same platform. These would be mainstream engines for our petrol driven UV range and would power vehicles much smaller than what we have today. Our earlier petrol engines had some compromises because they were based on a diesel engine but our new petrol engines will be an independent, grounds up development and therefore it will be as good as any other petrol engine in the market at that time.”
It is being said that the S101 is likely to be christened as the XUV300. The XUV300 will borrow a lot of features from its bigger sibling and might even feature plenty of design cues. The S101 is likely to be launched by the second half of next year and will be priced at around INR 5 lakh mark.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the upcoming Mahindra compact SUV.
Spy pics via : Motor Vikatan Fb page