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Mahindra working on a mini SUV along with Ssangyong

     We had mentioned earlier that Mahindra is developing a mini SUV to be priced under Rs. 4 lakh. We have got more information about the mini SUV which is codenamed as S101 and Mahindra is working on this project along with the Ssangyong Motors of South Korea.

     Mahindra wants its S101 mini-SUV to be an off-roader along with better fuel efficiency; hence the vehicle is being called as ‘Nano SUV’ by some workers at Mahindra’s shop floors. The S101 mini SUV will be powered by a 1-1.2 liter petrol engine and a 1.5 liter diesel engine. Work on the S101 project began a year ago and the vehicle will roll out of the Mahindra’s Chakan plant in 26-28 months.

     The price factor is the major issue as the other mini SUVs in the international markets such as Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti are positioned in premium segment. However the S101 will be the first mini SUV under Rs. 4 lakh in India as well as the world over.

     A Team of over 100 engineers are working on the S101 project. The project is in its middle stage with styling and customer research work going on at present. According to the company sources, the S101 will be a monocoque vehicle and the plan is to develop different body sheels for Mahindra and Ssangyong vehicle. It is now evident that like the XUV500 Mahindra is planning to internationally with the S101 mini SUV but with a Ssangyong name.

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