Mahindra Scorpio-N preview
Mahindra & Mahindra have launched the new ‘Scorpio-N’ in India and it’s planned for Australian release in 2023.
The all-new, three-row-seating Scorpio-N is said to have premium interiors and a host of advanced modern features, including electric power steering.
The Scorpio-N is powered by what Mahindra calls a ‘spirited’ diesel engine, with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.
In the Indian market, the range-starting Z4 and Z6 diesel-manual variants have only 132hp of power and 300Nm of torque, but the Z6, Z8 and Z8L variants get the same engine but with 175hp.
Manual versions of these variants have peak torque of 370Nm and the automatic versions have 400Nm. The 175hp variants are also available with three drive modes – Zip, Zap and Zoom.
The Scorpio-N features true 4×4 capability, thanks to its ’4XPLOR’ 4WD system, with a mechanically locking rear differential and a brake-locking front differential. Four terrain modes – normal, grass/gravel/snow, mud/rut and sand – are selectable, along with low-range.
The Scorpio-N is a body on frame design, with double wishbone independent suspension at the front and a Penta link with Watt’s linkage on the live rear axle.
Scorpio-N was designed at the Pininfarina, Italy and Mahindra India Design Studio (MIDS), Mumbai and engineered by the teams at Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) near Chennai and Mahindra North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in USA.
Scorpio-Ns will be manufactured at Mahindra’s modern facility at Chakan, Pune.
The market launch of the Scorpio-N in Australia is intended for 2023, subject to improvement in global supply chain. Australia is a priority market, as the Mahindra brand is established and represented by a network of 49 outlets across six states.
Australian specifications and pricing will be announced closer to launch.