6 Reasons Why the Mahindra Scorpio-N is Worth the Two-Year Waiting Period | Tech US News

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Two years is a long time to be waiting for your new car to be delivered. But somehow, this doesn’t bother Scorpio-N buyers. This is especially true of the base Z2 and diesel trims of the Scorpio-N, which are most in demand. Mahindra, in the last two years, has introduced three outstanding products in the market. As a result, their order book is sold out and the Scorpio-N, just like the XUV700 that debuted a year ago, is selling like hotcakes.

So, what is it that customers flock to Mahindra showrooms for? We spent some time with the top-of-the-line Z8L 2WD variant of the Mahindra Scorpio-N and here are the six things we absolutely love about it.

Design refresh

With something that’s been around for over two decades, updating the design is a daunting task. Err too much on the safe side, and you can have a product that will be called boring, and try to be too radical, and it can just as easily be ridiculed. Mahindra has tried to find a middle ground. The muscular, brown silhouette has been retained but some of the Scorpio’s design features have been dropped. This means things like the stacked taillamps are there, no longer with their quirky shape and lighter signature. Depending on who you ask, the Scorpio-N’s tail lamps look like those of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R or any of the recent Volvos.

That said, the Scorpio-N gets a more mature overall design than the Scorpio. The classic two-box shape is retained but the SUV doesn’t appear square-off. It is streamlined and the details integrate better with the overall design. The headlights are slimmer, and the grille is also restrained, with the only details of note being the vertical slats and the new Mahindra logo finished in chrome. Down on the bumper, you’ll find the fog lamps and DRLs.

There’s no plastic cladding around the car, and on the sides, flared wheel arches add some character to the sides, as do the 18-inch alloy wheels. The Scorpio-N is 206mm longer than the last generation car and gets a 70mm longer wheelbase along with being 97mm wider. The result is an SUV that certainly looks big and that’s part of its appeal.

Space and comfort

With increased dimensions and some very nice packaging, the Scorpio-N feels roomier inside than its predecessor. You still get the commanding driving position that has been the Scorpio’s hallmark. However, you no longer need to sit bolt upright like before. There is plenty of cushioning for the front seats and it’s easy to sit in a good driving position. When you’re in there, you get high-quality materials and fit and finish that are far ahead of any Scorpio before it. Everything, from the switchgear to how the dashboard is put together, screams quality. Several elements have been borrowed from the XUV700 and that can only be a good thing.

The middle row can be with captain’s seats or a more traditional bench setup. The captain’s seats are clearly the more comfortable option and improve access to the third row. It has to be said that no matter which one you decide to go with, there is plenty of head, knee and shoulder room in the second row. The seats themselves are very comfortable with good support all around. Move to the third row and you’ll find that space is now at a premium, and nowhere near as much as it was in the last-gen Scorpio. You sit forward-facing, but the space is perfect for small-framed children or adults, and that too only for short trips. It’s clear that Mahindra has chosen to focus heavily on the middle row and has made compromises when it comes to third-row space, although the car is now much larger overall. With the third row, luggage space is also very limited. If you’re not someone who usually travels with six or seven people aboard, you’ll be perfectly comfortable in the Scorpio-N.

Packed with features

As soon as you get into the driver’s seat, you’re greeted by a chunky steering wheel (borrowed from the XUV700) with a twin-peaked logo. The upright dash houses an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Mahindra’s AdrenoX suite. The UI is easy to use, and the touchscreen is also quite responsive. There’s wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and connected car features include remote access, an SOS function, and some good old-fashioned Alexa integration. The instrument cluster, unlike the XUV700, gets analog dials with a 7-inch display between them. Other useful additions are a wireless phone charger, sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, a powered driver’s seat, drive modes for the diesel and off-road modes for the 4WD variants. The Scorpio-N has front and rear cameras and sensors along with parking guides that make staying on our congested roads a lot easier. Mahindra’s commitment to safety is evident and the Scorpio-N comes with ESC, hill descent and hill hold, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, and drowsiness detection system.

Powerful engine

You can choose between a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine for the Scorpio-N. First seen on Thar, the motors produce 203hp of power and 380Nm of torque and 175hp of power and 400Nm of torque respectively. Like all other aspects of the Scorpio-N, the character of the engines has changed drastically. The petrol is the punchier of the two, although both the petrol and diesel engines return admirable 0-100km/h times (the diesel is a second slower with a time of over 11 seconds). That’s seriously impressive for such a large SUV. But it’s not a performance that will blow you away. How Mahindra’s latest SUV delivers on that. The Scorpio-N is a step up when it comes to refinement, especially for a ladder-frame SUV. All that power, for both petrol and diesel, is delivered smoothly in the lower half of the engine’s respective rev range. This, combined with far more sophisticated and refined powertrains (our test car was a torque-converter automatic; both petrol and diesel automatics are mated to torque-converter units), ensures that the drive is very comfortable. It hurts.

Exceptional ride quality

This is easily the aspect that stands out the most to me. Mahindra has made huge strides when it comes to the ride quality of its SUVs. And when I say huge, I mean huge. The Scorpio-N is no matter what you throw at it. Mahindra has worked hard behind the scenes to make this possible. The Scorpio-N is a staggering 500kg lighter. The suspension is also brand new. There are double wishbones up front and a five-link setup at the rear that uses a Watts link setup to better manage lateral movement under load. Apart from all these, there is also frequency dependent damping.

All this translates to a more comfortable ride on our terrible roads than any other car in the price range. The Scorpio-N seems to handle the worst road sections, and you can easily pick up quite a bit of speed. There’s a bit of bounce at low speeds, but that’s perfectly acceptable for an SUV like this. All the work that went into the suspension also means that the Scorpio-N handles corners very well. At this speed there is definitely a panache while taking corners that previous generations lacked.

Competitive pricing

There is currently no traditional ladder frame SUV in the price range to compete with the Scorpio-N. 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base petrol variant starting from Rs. 23.90 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-of-the-line diesel AWD with automatic transmission, the SUV straddles more than one segment. Its competitors are all in the monocoque SUV segment. The Tata Safari, given its butch looks and size, is perhaps the closest competitor. But even when it comes to what the Scorpio-N has to offer in terms of features, it loses out.

For most buyers, it might just be a choice between the XUV700 and the Scorpio-N. They are also priced similarly but differ when it comes to architecture, with the XUV, as a result, being more sophisticated and the Scorpio-N being much more rugged. This is a good problem for Mahindra.

Photos: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

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