Mahindra Inferno (S201) will launch next year to rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon, Prices should start around 8 lakh
Mahindra & Mahindra will launch the Alturas G4 (India-spec G4 Ssangyong Rexton) later this month. However, its new car onslaught, which began with the introduction of the Marazzo, will not stop at the alleged XUV700. You would know that the company has been working on a Maruti Vitara Brezza rival that will be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli. While it was rumoured to launch as the XUV300, it has now come to be known that it will instead called the Mahindra Inferno.
Other than the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Mahindra Inferno will rival the Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. Its prices are expected to start at Rs. 8 lakh, which will make it more expensive than most of its rivals but there are good chances that its specs, mileage, and interior features would justify this price. Our Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza rival will give you an idea about how the new model would fare against the traditional best-seller in this segment.
Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Price Comparison
|Mahindra Inferno (S201)||Rs 8.00 – 11.50 Lakh (est)|
|Maruti Vitara Brezza||Rs 7.58 – 10.55 Lakh (ex-showroom)|
In terms of pricing, the Mahindra Inferno is expected to cost a bit more than the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The hot-selling Maruti Suzuki compact SUV currently retails in a price bracket of Rs 7.58 lakh to Rs 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom). The Inferno, however, should have a starting price of Rs 8.00 lakh, which will make it a more expensive proposition than its main rival. Moreover, the base price will be of the petrol model. The diesel-only Brezza will rival the diesel version of the Inferno, which should have a base price of almost Rs 8.8 lakh.
Hence, in terms of pricing alone, the Brezza will have a clear advantage over the Inferno. But the latter is expected to be a lot more premium offering, with more power, more features, a high mileage, and a petrol engine option, too. This should help it justify the higher price tag. Still, it’s a bit early to pick out a clear winner of this section of the Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza rival.
Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Specs Comparison
|Model||Mahindra Inferno||Maruti Vitara Brezza|
|Engine||1.2-litre turbo petrol, 1.5-litre turbo diesel||1.3-litre turbo diesel|
|Maximum Power||130 PS, 123 PS||90 PS|
|Peak Torque||160 Nm, 300 Nm||200 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual and 6-speed AMT||5-speed manual, 5-speed AMT|
The Mahindra Inferno (S201) will be sold in both petrol and diesel engine options. The compact SUV will be available with a FWD layout only. The diesel engine will be powered by a 1.5-litre D15 four-cylinder diesel engine that made its debut on the Marazzo MPV. It outputs a maximum power of 123 PS and a peak torque of 300 Nm. The 1.2-litre petrol engine for the Inferno will employ a turbocharger to produce a maximum power of 130 PS. Its peak torque should be pegged in the region of 160 Nm.
With power figures like these, the Mahindra Inferno will become the most potent model in its segment. Transmission options for the petrol engine should include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT, while the diesel engine is likely to be sold initially with a 6-speed manual transmission only. The new model will be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s platform. This should guarantee world-class dynamics.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is available with just one engine options – 1.3-litre DDiS200. It produces a maximum power of 90 PS along with a peak torque of 200 Nm. The only transmission on offer is a 5-speed manual gearbox Hence, in terms of specs, the new sub-4-metre SUV from Mahindra is the clear winner of our Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza comparison.
Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Mileage Comparison
|Model||Mahindra Inferno (est)||Maruti Vitara Brezza (ARAI)|
|Mileage||17 kmpl (petrol), 20 kmpl (diesel)||24.3 kmpl|
This is one area where the Vitara Brezza should hold an advantage over the Inferno. With an ARAI-tested mileage of 24.3 kmpl, it is the best mileage SUV in India. In comparison, the Inferno, which will have more powerful engines, is likely to offer around 20 kmpl from its diesel engine and 17 kmpl from its petrol motor. The lower mileage from the Inferno could work in favour of Brezza, which has a stellar fuel economy figure.
Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Features Comparison
The Maruti Vitara Brezza has been a sufficiently feature-laden model that offers premium bits like a Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, and cruise control.
The Mahindra Inferno will offer this and a lot more. In fact, it will be the most feature-rich model in its segment. The interior of the new model will have a lot in common with the Ssangyong Tivoli. This should ensure a world-class fit and finish other than the high equipment levels.
The dashboard will be home to a large touchscreen system that will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering will have controls for the audio system, telephone, and cruise control. The instrument cluster will have a large MID.
Like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Mahindra Inferno will also have an automatic climate control. However, it will have a dual-zone temperature setting option. This will be a first-in-segment feature. The new SUV will also have other segment-first features like disc brakes on all four wheels and seven airbags.
Of course, these features will be restricted to the top-end variants but should help the SUV come across as a more premium offering. Other than this, the Inferno will feature an electric sunroof, reverse parking sensors with camera, dual-tone alloy wheels, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and LED DRLs.
Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Comparison Verdict
Price – In terms of price, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is unbeatable. However, the Inferno could come across as a better value as it has more powerful engines and more features.
Specs – The Inferno is in a league of its own in this department. With turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and 6-speed manual transmissions and AMT, it is a league ahead of the Brezza in this aspect.
Mileage – The Maruti Vitara Brezza has no threat from the Inferno in this aspect. With a peak mileage of 24.3 kmpl, it’s the best mileage SUV in the country and will continue to be so.
Features – The Maruti Vitara Brezza feels a bit too under-equipped in comparison with the Mahindra Inferno in this aspect. The latter will be sold with many first-in-segment features, which will make it the most feature-laden SUV in its class. The Brezza simply can’t match the new M&M model in this part of the comparison.
From the above, it is clear that the new sub-4-metre SUV from M&M will have a lot going for it. It looks like the Indian UV manufacturer is finally ready with a proper rival to the popular compact SUVs. So far, the Ssangyong Tivoli-based model looks like the winner of our Mahindra Inferno vs Maruti Vitara Brezza comparison review.