Mahindra has released the first images and videos of the Scorpio-N, its all-new ladder-frame midsize SUV, which will be launched in the Indian market on June 27. The automaker calls this model the “grandfather of SUVs”, in a bid to highlight significant improvements over the aging of the previous generation Scorpio.
Design-wise, the Scorpio-N represents a significant step up from its predecessor, looking quite modern and sleek by Indian market standards. The young talent at Mahindra Design Studio in Mumbai (India) kept the traditional off-roader proportions but gave it a more aerodynamic look, toned up its muscles, and added new features. These include LED headlights, Mahindra’s new grille and emblem, a more prominent step on the window line as seen on the XUV700, and a set of Volvo-style taillights.
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Mahindra didn’t show pictures of the interior, but described it as premium and promised “advanced features and cutting-edge technology,” presumably referring to a large infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument cluster in high trim.
On the technical front, the Scorpio-N – internally codenamed Project Z101 – lives up to the rugged nature of its predecessor, a new body-on-frame architecture designed in-house by Mahindra Research Valley near Chennai (India). is built on , and Mahindra North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills (US). The new platform is expected to bring significant improvements in safety and technology, while Mahindra claims it will boost performance and off-road credentials.
In terms of powertrain, the Scorpio-N will be offered in both petrol and diesel flavours, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. There will also be a 4×4 option, meaning entry-level trims will likely come with rear-wheel drive. Local media suggest that it may get the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines that are already under the bonnet of the XUV700 and Thar.
We’ll know more about the Mahindra Scorpio-N as we get closer to its official debut. The SUV will be manufactured at Mahindra’s Chicken plant in India. Competitors in the Indian market include the Tata Harrier (based on the Land Rover Discovery), and the MG Hector Plus. We don’t know if Mahindra will export the new Scorpio-N to other markets where ICE-powered SUVs are still a thing.
The first generation Mahindra Scorpio (Mahindra Goa in Europe) was introduced in 2002. The SUV received a series of facelifts in 2006, 2009 and 2014. In the meantime, Mahindra revealed a pickup body style variant called the Scorpio Gateway. Despite its age, the old boy will continue to be sold alongside the new Scorpio-N with the Scorpio Classic nameplate.