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Friday, December 18, 2015

By Kamal Swami

M&M S101 finally to be named as KUV100; details officially revealed by carmaker

Mahindra KUV100 Unveiling Picture

Betting big on the hatchback crossover (or micro SUV) space, Mahindra & Mahindra on Friday unveiled the official rendering of the KUV100. Bookings for KUV100 or the S101 (as it is codenamed) will open at all dealerships across India from December 19, and the car will go on sale from January 15, 2016.  According to an earlier ET report, the KUV100 is likely to be priced between Rs 3.9 lakh to Rs 5.9 lakh. "After Renault's Kwid compact car caught the market's attention with its SUV-ish design, 2016 will see the entry of more micro SUVS - Mahindra & Mahindra's S101, Datsun's Redi GO and leader Maruti Suzuki's Ignis, which is expected by the festive season next year," ET had reported in November. 

Mahindra KUV100 teaser
The sub-4m crossover's nomenclature stands for 'Kool Utility Vehicle', and will be available in four variants: K2, K4, K6 and K8. The company aims to lure buyers looking at B-segment compact hatchbacks like the Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift, whilst offering the road presence of an SUV, decent equipment list and a new fuel efficient range of engines. Powering the Mahindra KUV100 is a new range of "Falcon" aluminium-block engines, which includes 1.2-liter three cylinder petrol (mFalcon G80) and 1.2-liter three-cylinder diesel (mFalcon D75) engines.
M&M KUV100 Front Side View Picture
The dual VVT petrol unit outputs 82 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 114 Nm at 3,500 Nm, while the diesel engine produces 77 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm between 1,750-2,250 rpm. As for safety features, ABS will be standard fitment, while airbags are optional across all variants. The 'entry SUV' or crossover-styled vehicle is a segment that's unique to India and a select few markets. It's the extension of the Indian car buyer's penchant for novelty, which has led to the creation of sub-segments over the past decade including the 'entry-level sedan' and the various derivatives of compact cars and hatchbacks. Apart from novelty, a key trigger for the shrinking size of vehicles has been the government's incentive to make smaller cars - sub-4 metre vehicles attract half the excise duty of 12 per cent for bigger vehicles. And these sub-4 metre sedans are making their way across the globe, potentially positioning India as a major export hub for this new segment. 
Courtesy: Economic Times

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