Pushing the limits and much more

It is finally here. The manufacturer calls it the Big Daddy of the SUV, enthusiasts call it the true rear-drive SUV, and we call it the search engine crash. Mahindra Scorpion awards are out and we have a lot to talk about.

So here it is, our first review of the latest Mahindra Scorpio-N. Team Times Drive was invited for the national media campaign at the Mahindra factory in Chakan. After the launch, we went to an organized off-road track next to Lonavala. We walked it about 170 km and thought to answer a few questions we asked on our social platforms. So, in case you are also interested in the new Scorpion, read on. This review will try to answer all your questions. But, as usual, let me start at the end.

What I liked

Not really

old school look Rear view camera
Driving dynamics Infotainment screen
Ride quality Third row space
Management Response
Off-road capabilities
Second row space

Mahindra Scorpio-N: conclusion of the first disc

Scorpio didn’t live up to his expectations, he exceeded them. That doesn’t mean it topped the XUV 700 on the tech and gadget front, or the Thar in the coolness quotient. ScorpioN’s features aren’t the best in the segment or the space. But that’s not what was expected of him. The Scorpion bolstered the Scorpion badge, with its off-road capabilities, rear-wheel drive and exceptional ride quality. The suspension and steering surprised me. Mahindra’s engineering team has achieved a rare balance of off-road and on-road dynamics. My ride was around 170km and in that my biggest advantage was removing the space constraints and bumpy ride issues of the older sibling, and adding new era refinement and handling . With an old-school stance and its capabilities, the Scorpion looks like a product that hardcore SUV enthusiasts have been waiting for.

Scorpio pushes the boundaries
Scorpio pushes the boundaries

Mahindra Scorpio-N: Variants and prices?

This is the most important question of pricing any Scorpio. In a very cleverly chalked presentation, Mahindra’s top management started with the premium pricing unlike what we see at launches. The reason for this was clearly aggressive pricing. The ex-showroom prices for the top-end Z8L diesel variant are Rs 19.49 Lakh and for the petrol powertrain Rs 18.99 Lakh. The prices for the base variants are Rs 12.49 and Rs 11.99 Lakh respectively. But, there is a twist. This article will be updated in a few weeks for actual high-end pricing, as Mahindra has yet to announce pricing for two other options.

Mahindra Scorpion variants and prices
Mahindra Scorpion variants and prices

What about the 4X4 version or the automatic transmission of the Mahindra Scorpio-N?

The answer to both questions is yes. M&M has yet to announce pricing for the 4WD option or the automatic transmission variant. According to their official statement, we might see a price announcement on July 21. This could revise the high-end prices and also increase the number of variants. It will be interesting to see the reaction of customers if the range exceeds the ex-showroom by Rs 22 Lakh.

Mahindra Scorpio-N Reservation Details?

Mahindra Scorpio-N dashboard layout
Mahindra Scorpio-N dashboard layout

Test drives for the latest Scorpion begin on July 5, 2022 in 30 cities and across India by the 15th. The prices announced at this time are for the first 25,000 customers only.

Is the new Scorpio-N modern? What about features?

Mahindra Scorpio-N comes with 6 airbags as standard
Mahindra Scorpio-N comes with 6 airbags as standard
The XUV700 and the Thar had given us a clear indication of what the next Scorpion’s feature list will look like. At this age, even an old-school SUV has to have a host of features, and Scorpion doesn’t disappoint. 8-inch infotainment screen, with navigation, over 70 connected car features, including some commands via Alexa while sitting at home. The infotainment screen, we were told, was in beta stage, but it will eventually get common features like Android Auto and Apple Carplay (both wireless too). You also get a wireless charger. Sony’s 3D audio output was a treat for a music lover like me. The steering wheel controls also include a cruise control option. However, the dual-zone climate control and tire pressure monitoring system are welcome additions.


I know you’ve read the Alturas-Volvo-WagonR angles in the Scorpion before and expect something along those lines. My opinions might disappoint you, I’m afraid. Standing in front of the new Scorpion, the only thing I noticed was the upright, butch, chrome up front with an old-school design theme. Twin-barrel headlamp lamps, scorpion-sting DRL and fog lamp blend new and old world design themes. The height, wheel arches, 18-inch alloys, roof rails, shark fin antenna, signature taillight and domed side-opening tailgate give the Scorpion a rugged, muscular and commanding SUV look. He has a metrosexual dabang look.


The seats, stitching and padding as well as the overall size of the seats make this a typical SUV. Coffee black leatherette feel, bold stitching and bolstered seats. The driver’s seat is now powered, as are the ORVMs. The steering wheel control takes care of most functions and the steering also benefits from rake adjustment. I also would have liked the adjustable reach. This and the tight access to the wireless charger were two issues I hope to change in the next Scorpion. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen comes with the usual wireless connectivity like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The infotainment setup, however, is in beta, so the manufacturer has assured that the production version won’t have any lag or miscommunication.

The improvement I was hoping for and looking for. Second row seats, comfort and space. M&M engineers heard customers (or me, I’m not sure) and they turned Scorpion’s second row into one of the most comfortable spaces in the segment. The third row is good for small children, however, and lacks a dedicated AC vent. It also compromises luggage space, which certainly isn’t enough if the Scorpion is going full throttle.

Mahindra Scorpio-N: engine and transmission options

The Scorpion gets petrol and diesel versions, with the manual and automatic combo. The gasoline engine develops around 200 hp and a maximum torque of 380 Nm. The 2L diesel engine develops 175 hp and 400 Nm of torque. With both engines, automatic and manual transmission will come as options. The Scorpion also gets a new all-wheel-drive system with four traction modes – Tarmac, Snow, Mud and Desert. And, the familiar Zip, Zap, and Zoom ride modes.

How is Scorpion performing?

On-road performance:

Ride quality and handling are the strengths of the latest Scorpion. With the help of a new set of suspensions, frequency-dependent damping and a precise steering system, an SUV has become a fantastic machine on the road. Especially when compared with the old Scorpion. For me, this department has seen the most significant improvement. The car is stable on the straights and the suspension keeps the car planted even at higher speeds and in tight corners. Even if it’s obvious, with its mass, the Scorpion impresses with a controlled body roll. I drove the automatic diesel version of the Scorpion in and around Pune-Lonavala and was impressed. I liked pushing it around corners and Scorpion didn’t mind. The power delivered by the diesel engine was linear and comfortable also at low revs. The 6-speed automatic transmission was sorted and precise and lag was minimal. Overall, the package makes you realize that XUV700 was not a one-off, it’s the new Mahindra.

Off-road performance:

This department was not a revelation or a surprise as such. With the kind of volume, position and equipment, ScorpioN did what I expected. I drove the automatic four-wheel-drive version of the N and it made everything easy. The Scorpion-N felt controlled, calm, and cool on inclines, downhill, slush, mud, and rocky terrain. No sweating. The joints were extreme but the car went through them all without hesitation. Thanks to the instructors guiding us on the lines to take but the body on chassis, 4X4 variant with mechanical differential and locking brake

ScorpioN gave me the confidence to push more. The on-the-fly electric 4WD drivetrain system was easy to change. Use it with the right traction mode and you’re sorted.

Is Scorpion similar to its predecessor? What is the future of Scorpio?

Mahindra has already announced that the old Scorpion will continue to sell albeit with a – Classic suffix. We have yet to see the price impact of ScorpioN on the Scorpio Classic. The logic behind the old and new versions being sold side by side is compelling. The Pune-based manufacturer says the older version has a cult following and even though the Scorpion shares DNA, it’s a totally new product. This practice was common a few years ago but not anymore. However, in the case of M&M, we saw the company adopt a similar practice with the Bolero/Bolero Neo duo.

What are the safety features of the Scorpio-N?

The Scorpion comes with a long list of safety features including crash compliant structure, up to 6 airbags (front + side + curtains), ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Cruise Control System traction, vehicle dynamic control, driver drowsiness detection. , Hill Hold and Descent Control and Roll Over Mitigation. Looking at the track record, ScorpioN should also score well in the G NCAP crash test.


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