After over a dozen teasers and speculations, Mahindra has finally launched the all-new Scorpio today. Called the ‘Scorpio N,’ this third iteration of the popular SUV will be offered in two different engine options, priced from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 19.5 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). But note that these prices are for the manual variant and are limited to the first 25,000 bookings only. Prices for the AWD and AT versions will be announced at a later date.
It’s been a couple of years since we saw the SUV get a facelift, making the occasion even more special. For 2022, the ‘Mahindra Scorpio N’ opts for a modern-looking design, with soft and clean lines all over the body. The front grille now gets a new look and is flanked by two LED dual-beam projector headlights. If you look from the side, the large alloys give it an imposing stance, while the rear sport a new set of LED tail lamps.
Things seem quite premium on the inside, with premium black/brown interiors highlighted with plenty of silver elements. The instrument cluster and the dashboard sport a minimalistic design, sharing a resemblance to Mahindra’s XUV700. Which isn’t a bad thing.
Mahindra has also upped the ante on bells and whistles on offer here. This includes a new dual-zone climate control system, connected car tech with Amazon Alexa, wireless phone charging, a Sony sound system with roof-mounted speakers and more. Retaining their place here is a single-pane sunroof, cruise control, and keyless entry.
Under the hood, the Scorpion N offers two engine options, across three variants – a 2.2-litre Diesel (Base), 2.2-litre diesel (Top) and a 2-litre Turbo-petrol. The two diesel motors make 132PS and 175PS of power respectively while the petrol engine churns out 200PS of power. Apart from the base diesel variant, the other two can be had with all-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed automatic.
If you do opt for the AWD, you also get other goodies like a special off-road mode, a locking differential, a low-range transfer case and an ESP-based brake locking front differential. With its tempting price tag, the Mahindra Scorpio N goes up against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the MG Astor.
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