The Mahindra S101, or what will officially be called the XUV100, has been in the news for quite a few weeks constantly, owing to all the interesting revelations the spy pics are bringing in one by one from all corners of the country. The latest news that is keeping potential buyers hooked is that Mahindra has postponed the launch of the car.
Mahindra is focusing on the sales of the TUV300 and has therefore postponed the launch of the XUV100 to next year. The mini SUV was earlier scheduled for a December launch, but the Company has recently pushed the launch date to January 2016.
The TUV300 was launched in the market in September this year, and has already recorded over 12,000 bookings. Mahindra is coping with the overwhelming response by making the model the top priority of the coming months. Mahindra’s Chakan factory is being used for the manufacture of the model. The XUV100 is temporarily on hold.
In the meantime, the sub-4 meter small SUV is taking the opportunity to test for finer details. The car has been in the test phase for over two months now and this time is being used to gauge the car’s performance and its potential competence against its rivals.
Like the XUV500, the mini SUV is built on the monocoque platform. As per reports, it is supposed to have both, petrol and diesel options for the domestic market. The capacity of the engine is likely to be 1.2 liters. The car will offer both, manual and automatic-manual transmission options with a 5-speed gearbox.
As far as the interiors are concerned, the car will come with a redesigned styling to make it stand out among all the rivals. The center console will have a piano black tone with chrome detailing on the outer rim of the console, on the AC vents and also on the steering wheel. The doors will get the same piano black color with silver combination.
The car will also feature a small display unit in the front, somewhere above the steering wheel. The gear lever has been spotted mounted on the dashboard. The door handles will be pillar-mounted, like in the Chevrolet Beat.
The latest spy shots captured showed a different type of alloy wheels compared to the original ones seen on the XUV100. Although the car was supposed to launch in December, the test phase is still not through with and the car can be seen on the Indian roads with an elaborate camouflage.
Mahindra is getting the car ready to enter the entry-level market at the B segment with a price around the INR 4,00,000 mark. The mini SUV will rival the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR and the Datsun Redi GO. The Tata Kite will also be a potential rival of the new XUV100. The Chevrolet Beat itself, from which the door handles are inspired, will be a tough competition for the new car. It will be an eager wait until the New Year to find out how the car does against all its rivals.