All Things You Need To Know About The Mahindra S201

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Mahinda and Mahindra has been preparing for the launch of a brand-new compact SUV, the Mahindra S201 sometime in the period from late 2018 to early 2019. In this article, we have collected all the things you need to know about this new vehicle.

Mahindra & Mahindra has recently announced that it is ready to expand its range of Indian products with the launch of a series of new vehicles. The domestic Indian automaker has launched the MPV (Marazzo) and will introduce a compact SUV (S201) and an exceptional SUV (XUV700/Rexton) in the coming time. While we have talked a lot about the Marazzo and XUV700, there has been somewhat little information regarding the S201. Let’s discover some interesting information about this new compact SUV with us in this article.

Mahindra S201 blue colour angular look

The Mahindra S201 is going to be launched sometime in the period from late 2018 to early 2019

1. Mahindra S201 is originally a Tivoli

Although the launch of the Ssangyong Tivoli in the Indian auto market has been skipped, the domestic Indian auto maker is going to replace this vehicle with a new Mahindra S201, which is, in fact, a Mahindra-spec version of the Tivoli with considerable changes. The new version looks quite different in both the exterior and the interior; however, it is based on the same platform as its Korean sibling. Therefore, undoubtedly, Mahindra will base on the Tivoli to develop the Mahindra S201.

2. Mahindra S201 will have attractive exterior

In the front, the Mahindra S201 is likely to feature automatic LED headlamps with LED DRLs at least on the top-end variant. This will support the driver a lot when driving at night, compared with the traditional headlights. Moreover, some other features will also be added to make the car more attractive such as a newly-designed front grille, a sculpted bonnet, chrome-surrounded fog lamps, new pumper, etc.

Mahindra S201 front

The Mahindra S201 front is going to be equipped with such features as chrome-surrounded fog lamps, a newly-designed front grille

The side profile will get many curves and creases as well as a fashionable 17-inch double-spoke diamond alloy wheels on the high-spec variant to look sportier.

Mahindra S201 side profile

The S201 SUV will come with many curves and creases to look sportier

The rear of the S201 will come with revised LED tail lamps, an integrated roof spoiler with a stop lamp, an automatic windshield wiper, robust bumper and fog lamps in the rear.

S201 SUV rear spied testing

The Mahindra S201 rear will be packed with some new features like a stop lamp, a robust pumber, etc.

Image source: Rush Lane

All of these features will contribute to the appeal of the new vehicle.

3. Mahindra S201 will have a feature-rich interior

As regards the interior, the new compact SUV is expected to be equipped with a wide range of modern features including

  • Multi-functional steering wheel

  • Cruise control

  • Large 7-inch infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a navigation system

  • Automatic two-zone temperature control

  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat

  • Keyless entry

  • All-four disc brakes

  • In-built maps

  • Reverse parking sensors and camera

  • A panoramic sunroof

Mahindra S201 interior

The S201 compact SUV interior is expected to come with a wide range of modern features

Here, we want to focus more on the two important and trendy features of the S201 compact SUV. Firstly, the dual-zone automatic temperature control is another important feature which shows that the company understands the market well. Considering the climate in India, a good AC system is a must. It is a unique feature which none of the competitors offers.

The second one is the panoramic sunroof, which is becoming more and more popular with Indian auto buyers these days. Many rivals of the S201 including Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does not offer a sunroof, so it can be considered an advantage of the S201. Although by now whether the sunroof will be incorporated into the S201 or not has not been confirmed by Mahindra, we can still expect that the rumour is true.  

Mahindra S201 paranomic sunroof

Besides the automatic AC system, the panoramic sunroof is another unique feature of the S201 compact SUV

With respect to safety features, the Mahindra S201 will likely come with

  • Standard dual airbags

  • A standard anti-lock braking system

The top-end variant will get some advanced features such as

  • Seven airbags

  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

  •  Seat belt alert

  • Automatic door locks

  • Dynamic stability control 

  • Rear parking sensors

With a wide range of safety features, the Mahindra S201 can conform to the BNVSAP safety norms and leave the passengers with no doubt and worry about safety.

3. Mahindra S201 will be the first compact SUV to offer a low-displacement turbo petrol-powered engine

The S201 compact SUV will be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine with four cylinders which can deliver 123 bhp of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual and semi-automatic transmission. With this motor, the S201 will possibly be the most powerful compact SUV in its segment.

Mahindra SUVs are famous for the powerful diesel motors. However, petrol engines are never really an advantage of the company. The Mahindra 201 is expected to be the first SUV to offer a low-displacement turbo petrol motor. This engine provides the compact SUV with a combination of both impressive performance and mileage. This petrol motor will be a 1.2-litre unit with three cylinders, generating a max power of 140PS and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The power is sent to the four wheels through a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.

 Mahindra S201 silver colour from back to front

The Mahindra S201 will be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment in India

Refer to the table below for a summary of the Mahindra S201 mechanical specifications.

 Specifications Petrol   Diesel
 Engine  1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, Turbo  1.5L mHawk100
 Power  140bhp (Estd)  123bhp
 Torque  200Nm  300Nm
 Gearbox  5-speed manual & 6-speed automatic transmission  5-speed manual & automatic manual transmission

4. Mahindra S201 will have a longer 7-seat sibling

There are, in fact, two Tivoli-based Mahindra compact SUVs projected to be launched in India. The vehicle competing against the Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecospot and Tata Nexon is a 5-seat vehicle which will be under 4 meters long. The next one is longer with the addition of 200mm in length. It will be equipped with 7 seats and compete against the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.

5. Mahindra S201 will be a NuvoSport substitution

The NuvoSport has spread disappointment across the Indian auto market. The S201 is expected to be a far more modern vehicle in comparison with the NuvoSport. Based on the Tivoli, it can be expected to be a top-notch vehicle and effectively replace the NuvoSport but many times better than its counterpart.

With an attractive exterior, modern interior with a wide range of safety features, impressive performance and a completive price of Rs 9.00 Lakh – 12.00 Lakh, the Mahindra S201 is expected to be a potential vehicle in this teeming compact SUV segment in India. With a lot of features incorporated in the car to catch up with the trend of the market, Mahindra and Mahindra has been reinforcing its prestige among the Indian car buyers and its position as one of the leading car manufacturers of India.

Manhindra S201 vs. NuvorSport

The Manhindra S201 is expected to be a successful replacement for the NuvorSport

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