Mahindra detailed the all-new Scorpio-N in India, a month after the official announcement. The ladder-frame-based model has been dubbed the “big daddy of SUVs” and comes only in petrol and diesel flavors of the ICE with optional all-wheel drive and plenty of kit for the price. The Scorpio-N will be manufactured in India but is a global model that will be introduced in international markets in the near future.
Mahindra claims that the Scorpio-N is a clean sheet design that does not share any components with the aging Scorpio. The new SUV is based on the third-generation ladder frame architecture, which retains the rugged character of its predecessor while significantly improving ride comfort, handling, NVH, and safety. Engineering took place at the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) near Chennai in India in collaboration with the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC) in the US.
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The design of the new model is a team effort of Italian design house Pininfarina and Mahindra India Design Studio (MIDS). As a result, the Scorpio-N has traditional off-roader proportions but benefits from a more aerodynamic shape than its predecessor. The body is more muscular, the LED lighting units look much more modern while the chrome-infused grille incorporates the new Mahindra emblem that steers clear of being a Jeep rip-off.
Inside the cabin, there is room for seven passengers thanks to the three-row configuration. Coffee/black leather upholstery and a sunroof create an upmarket ambience. In terms of tech, there is an 8-inch central touchscreen and an additional 7-inch screen on the instrument cluster. More importantly, the AdrenoX-powered infotainment is compatible with over 70 apps including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Alexa voice assistance and remote control features. The media system is connected to Sony’s 3D immersive sound system with 12 speakers in the flagship trim.
The Scorpio-N engine line-up includes a petrol and a diesel variant which according to Mahindra offers the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment despite no hybrid assistance. The 2.0-liter TGDi mStallion petrol engine produces 197 hp (149 kW/200 PS) and 380 Nm (280 ft-lb) of torque, while the 2.2-liter mHawk diesel produces 173 hp (129 kW/NPS) and 1750 Nm (295 lb-ft). -ft) torque. Both engines can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
4XPLOR intelligent terrain management technology allows the driver to switch from 2WD to 4WD before taking the SUV off-road to explore its credentials. There is also a choice between three driving modes called Zip (smooth driving), Zap (off-road) and Zoom (performance). The body-on-frame SUV features double wishbone front suspension with Watts-link mechanism and penta-link rear suspension. The shock absorbing suspension features with Frequency Dependent Damping (FDD) technology and MTV-CL technology offer a smooth and comfortable ride.
Veejay Nakra, president of Mahindra’s automotive division, describes the Scorpio-N as “a global product, which is being introduced simultaneously in South Africa and Nepal, with an India launch, followed by the launch in the near future. It will be launched in other international markets”. Among those markets would be Australia and New Zealand, where affordable and rugged ICE-powered SUVs have proven quite popular.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N will be manufactured at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. The automaker will offer test drives in Indian cities in July before opening the order book at the end of the month. Prices in India start from as low as ₹11.99 lakh ($15,178), and go up to ₹19.49 lakh ($24,673) for the flagship 4×4 trim. The first delivery of the Scorpio-N is scheduled for the festive season which is later in the year.