Mahindra S101 To Be Named KUV100?
Modified On Dec 15, 2015 03:51 PM By Nabeel
Speculations are that Mahindra’s upcoming vehicle codenamed S101 will be named KUV100. According to Autocar India, the reason behind the car being called KUV100 and not XUV100 (which it was rumored to be called earlier) is because the Indian automaker does not want to share the XUV brand name with a ‘smaller and cheaper vehicle’. Also, Mahindra does not want their customers to confuse XUV500 with any other car as it is also commonly known as the ‘XUV’ in the masses. More details on the car will be officially revealed on December 18, 2015. It is believed that KUV100 derives its name from the word “Kompact” as the car will be a B-segment crossover/SUV.
Recently, the car was spied with minimal camouflage shooting for a commercial. It looks more of a crossover than a SUV with roof rails, cladding and sloping body lines. Also, it has Beat inspired pillar mounted door handles for the rear doors. The most striking feature on the side profile of the car is the bold body line which starts from the rear door, curves and ends on the rear profile. The wrap around tail light unit also looks good and neat. Silver alloys are also new with a nicely sculpted rear spoiler. KUV100 will be powered by an all new family of 1.2-litre three cylinder diesel and petrol engines. The power is expected to lie between 75 to 80 BHP and transmission will be a 5 speed manual or an optional AMT. The crossover will compete against the likes of Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat and Maruti Celerio. It will be the first cross of the segment and is expected to be priced around Rs. 4 lac.
Source: Autocar India