The Ford EcoSport rivaling Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been caught testing in Chennai CLICK HERE for our earlier story on Mahindra S101. The S101 test mule that has been spotted can be seen carrying some production body parts such as headlamps and bumpers.
It is expected that the upcoming Mahindra S101 compact SUV will look much like a smaller XUV500. Hence, we won’t be too surprised if the upcoming model goes on sale under the XUV3OO moniker. On the inside, the XUV300 is likely to borrow in plenty from the XUV500 and could even get a smaller version of the XUVs audio-visual-navigation package. Features for the car would include- auto climate control, steering mounted buttons for infotainment system and safety features like ABS, EBD, 4 airbags and ESP.
The upcoming compact SUV from Mahindra will be built on a monocoque chassis and the powertrain options would include a 1.5 litres, three-pot, twin scroll turbo engine that would come from the Quanto. However, as you must have expected, the motor will be re-tuned before being plonked into the S101. For the S101 compact SUV, this motor could is expected to have an ARAI fuel mileage of approximately 23 kmpl. The S101 could get an automated manual transmission variant.
As is quite obvious, the Mahindra S101 compact SUV would measure less than 4 metres in length. Hence, the upcoming EcoSport rival would be entitled for excise duty benefits provided by Govt. of India. The soon to be launched Mahindra compact SUV will become the second monocoque with transverse layout from the popular UV maker.
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