The 2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N continues to get a butch-looking appearance
The 2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N continues to get a butch-looking appearanceTeam evo India

2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N launched, prices start from Rs 11.99 lakh

The legendary Mahindra Scorpio nameplate carries on in the form of an all-new SUV

It’s been 20 years since the first Mahindra Scorpio was launched in India and the SUV has been a smashing hit since then. Given its capability off the tarmac, the solid road presence and its popularity with the politicos, cops and even those up to no good, the Scorpio has become a by-word for SUV in the Indian context and now there’s a new one in the form of the Mahindra Scorpio-N. The Scorpio-N is priced at Rs 11.99 lakh and it will continue to be sold alongside the previous-gen model, which has now been dubbed the Scorpio Classic. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out more about the Scorpio-N!

New Twin Peaks logo on the Scorpio-N's grille
New Twin Peaks logo on the Scorpio-N's grilleTeam evo India

2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N design

We have been spotting test mules of the Scorpio-N since a long time and now that it has finally been revealed in the flesh, it does look like a muscular machine with a brutish charm. While the leaked images of the Scorpio featured the old Mahindra emblem on the grille, the final production-guise of the Scorpio-N wears the new Twin Peaks logo which is exclusive to Mahindra’s newer SUVs like the XUV700. You get C-shaped LED elements around the fog lamps and along with the double barrel projector headlamps and the muscular front grille, the Scorpio-N continues to pack in the same butch appearance that its predecessor possessed. You get 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels on the Scorpio-N along with a black body cladding to add to the ruggedness of the design. The shoulder line continues to be well defined. Unlike its contemporaries such as the Tata Safari which have switched to a monocoque construction, the Scorpio-N continues with a body-on frame design that is likely to give the SUV better capability for off-roading. Over at the rear, the Scorpio-N gets vertical tail lamps which are reminiscent of the older Scorpio (and also certain Volvo SUVs) along with the rear spoiler. Keeping in mind that the older Scorpios got sideways-opening tailgates, the Scorpio-N continues to get it and the overall design of the Scorpio-N is more evolution rather than revolution.

Interiors are feature-loaded
Interiors are feature-loadedTeam evo India

2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N interiors and features

The insides of the Mahindra Scorpio-N get coffee black leatherette interiors on the top-spec variant, with a dual-tone dashboard and metal finished rails for the centre console. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and the Scorpio-N will be available in both 6 and 7-seat configurations. You also get a 7-inch touchscreen powered by AdrenoX with wireless CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa what3words built-in, along with wireless charging for your smartphone, and the instrument cluster is identical to the Thar’s with analogue dials and a MID in between. You also get a Sony 3D sound system with 12-speakers and a dual-channel subwoofer. The Scorpio-N is packed to the gills with enough and more equipment and this also includes a remote engine start function. Safety is also well taken care of, with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, driver drowsiness detection, hill hold and hill descent control, along with traction control.

2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N engines

The Scorpio-N will be powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel and the 2-litre mStallion turbo-petrol engines that do duty in the Mahindra Thar and the Mahindra XUV700, but are present in the latter’s tune. This mHawk diesel engine makes 172bhp of power and 400Nm of torque while the mStallion petrol engine makes 200bhp of power and 380Nm of torque. Both can be mated to a choice of a manual or an automatic gearbox. True to its off-roading heritage, the Scorpio-N also comes with 4x4 and low-ratio transfer case and a suite of 4XPLOR selectable terrain modes, in addition to the three driving modes on offer. The Scorpio-N also gets a mechanical and brake locking differential.

2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N pricing and rivals

Prices for the Scorpio-N start from Rs 11.99 lakh for the base petrol manual and prices for the base diesel manual variant begin from Rs 12.49 lakh. You get a choice of three variants – Z2, Z4 and Z8, with Luxury pack being optional on the top-spec Z8. Here’s what the pricing breakup for the variants looks like:

Z2 Petrol MT: ₹11.99 lakh

Z4 Petrol MT: ₹13.49 lakh

Z8 Petrol MT: ₹16.99 lakh

Z8L Petrol MT: ₹18.99 lakh

Z2 Diesel MT: ₹12.49 lakh

Z4 Diesel MT: ₹13.99 lakh

Z6 Diesel MT: ₹14.99 lakh

Z8 Diesel MT: ₹17.49 lakh

Z8L Diesel MT: ₹19.49 lakh

These are the introductory prices for the 4x2 variants with the manual gearbox and Mahindra will reveal prices for the 4x4 and automatic variants on July 21.

In terms of rivals, the Scorpio-N goes up against the like of 7-seaters like the Hyundai Alcazar and the Kia Carens, SUVs such as the Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Tata Safari and its own sibling, the Mahindra XUV700. How does the #BigDaddyofSUVs stack up against its rivals? Only a proper road test would help us find out.

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