A test mule of Mahindra’s upcoming S101 was spotted making rounds on the roads of Chennai. The car was out on a road-test, wrapped in camouflage. By the looks of it, one can deduce that the car was sporting a silver color scheme, which might be one of the colors in which the car will be offered. Mahindra will probably introduce S101 this fiscal year. The car is being categorized as a sub-compact crossover and will be Mahindra’s second monocoque-based product following TUV300.
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Under the hood, the car is expected to feature a new 1.2-liter petrol engine, which is being developed in collaboration with Ssangyong and the mHawk 80 three-cylinder 1.5-liter diesel engine. The car will be front wheel drive only and the engines will be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an automated manual transmission.
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Previous spy-shots of the S101 showed the car with temporary headlamps but this variant was making its rounds with final production-spec headlamps. The car’s sleek grille and clamshell hood also made their appearance. The vehicle also showcases a completely different design approach by Mahindra, contrasting the XUV500’s “cheetah inspired” and TUV 300’s “tank inspired” design.
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The car will help Mahindra strengthen its foundations in the sub-compact segment and with a newly developed petrol engine, Mahindra will be able to stand its ground against the competition.
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