Mahindra have been testing its sub 4-metre compact SUV codenamed S101 for quite some time. Reports say that the car will be calledXUV100. A recent spy imagecar has a three-spoke steering wheel, space for 2-din music system and rotary knobs to operate the AC. With the dash-mounted gear lever and the handbrake with a pull mechanism under it, it is clear that the front row is designed to fit inthree passengers, similar to the Datsun Go.
Recently, another test mule was spotted with wheel-caps. Thiscar could be one from the lower trims and we expect the higher trims to get alloy wheels. Therear door handle is alsomounted near the windows, a laChevrolet Beat.
With a tall stance and a new monocoque chassis inspiredfrom the Mahindra XUV500, the XUV100 should compete against the cross-styled hatchbacks currently available in the market, which includes Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen Cross Polo, Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross. It will also compete with the Maruti Wagon R and Celerio hatchbacks.
The new Mahindra XUV100is expected to be launched with a new 1.2-litre petrol engine and the diesel engine borrowed from the TUV300. Mahindra may also offer a diesel AMT as an option along with a 5-speed manual. The XUV100 is expected to be priced around Rs 5 lakh.