Mahindra has released the first photos and videos of the Scorpio-N, its brand new ladder-frame midsize SUV, which will be launched in the Indian market on June 27. The carmaker referred to the model as the “big daddy of the SUV”, highlighting the significant improvements it has made over old age, the previous generation of Scorpio.
By design, Scorpio-N represents an important step compared to its predecessor, which looks quite modern and streamlined for Indian market standards. The young talent at the Mahindra Design Studio in Mumbai (India) maintained the traditional off-road ratio but gave it a more aerodynamic shape, toned its muscles and added new features. These include LED headlights, Mahindra’s new grille and emblem, more prominent steps in the window line seen on the XUV700, and a set of Volvo-style taillights.
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Mahindra did not show off the interior, but described it as premium and promised “advanced modern features and latest technology” which probably meant a larger infotainment touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster at a higher cut.
Technically, the Scorpio-N – internally codenamed Z101 project – built by Mahindra Research Valley near Chennai (India) on a new in-house body-on-frame architecture, true to the rough nature of its predecessor. , And the Mahindra North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills (US). The new platform is expected to bring significant improvements in security and technology, while Mahindra claims that it will increase barriers to performance and off-road certification.
In the case of powertrain, Scorpio-N will be offered in both petrol and diesel flavors, with a choice of manual or automatic transmission. There will also be an option of 4 × 4, which means that entry-level trims will probably come with rear-wheel drive. Local media suggest it could get a 2.0-liter petrol and 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine that has already been found under the XUV700 and Thor bonnet.
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We will learn more about the Mahindra Scorpio-N as we move closer to its official launch. The SUV will be manufactured at Mahindra’s Chakan plant in India. Competitors in the Indian market include Tata Harrier (based on Land Rover Discovery), and MG Hector Plus. We don’t know if Mahindra will export the new Scorpio-N to another market where ICE-powered SUVs are still a thing.
The first generation of Mahindra Scorpio (Mahindra Goa in Europe) was launched in 2002. The SUV received a series of facelifts in 2006, 2009 and 2014. In the middle, Mahindra unveiled a pickup bodystyle variant called the Scorpio Getaway. Despite the age, the old man will continue to be sold with the new Scorpio-N, along with the Scorpio classic nameplate.