Mahindra S 201 Expert Review

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Introduction

Mahindra is expected to launch yet another sub-4m SUV, codenamed the Mahindra S201, by the end of 2018.

Pros
  • Since the cabin appears to be identical to the SsangYong Tivoli, which wasn’t designed as a sub-compact SUV, the S201 could be among the more spacious offerings in the sub-4m SUV space
  • Being a monocoque SUV, the Mahindra S201 should offer better handling dynamics and fuel efficiency compared to Mahindra’s existing sub-4m SUVs – the TUV300 and NuvoSport
Cons
  • Interiors seem to be a straight lift from the Tivoli, which has been on sale in Europe since 2015, so the cabin might look a bit dated upon launch
  • With Mahindra’s existing sub-4m offerings, the TUV300 and the NuvoSport, not being able to make any mark in the segment, it is certainly late to the party now

Stand Out Features

  • Expected to get XUV500-borrowed 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto support 

    Expected to get XUV500-borrowed 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto support 

  • With all-four disc brakes, the S201 could be among the handful of cars in the sub-Rs 10 lakh price bracket that offer all-around disc brakes 

    With all-four disc brakes, the S201 could be among the handful of cars in the sub-Rs 10 lakh price bracket that offer all-around disc brakes 

  • Like the Tivoli, the S201 is likely to get dual-zone climate control, which will be a segment-first feature 
 

    Like the Tivoli, the S201 is likely to get dual-zone climate control, which will be a segment-first feature   

CarDekho Verdict

Despite its existing sub-4m SUVs not being so successful, Mahindra would be betting big on the upcoming S201 in the ever-growing sub-compact SUV space. It is ruled by the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza currently, followed by the popular and extremely competitive Ford EcoSport and the economically priced Tata Nexon.

" If you factor in the expected packaging of the SsangYong Tivoli-based offering, the S201 does appear to be a promising product"

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