JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mahindra has upgraded its Scorpio seven-seater, in South Africa since 2016, to the designation S11 with a revised engine and drivetrain, and more-powerful mHawk turbodiesel engine / six-speed manual gearbox.
The 2.2-litre engine’s upgrade boosts power with common-rail direct injection and turbocharging to deliver all the available torque, 320Nm, from 1500-2800rpm also mounted in the PikUp bakkie.
The Mahindra Scorpio first landed in South Africa in 2016 with a rugged ladder-frame chassis and electronic shift-on-the-fly transition from 4×2 to 4×4 and continues with 17″ alloy wheel rims, bonnet scoop, clear reflector headlights and rear diode rear lights – it’s the brand’s off-road flagship.
Added for 2020 are a new-generation 19cm touch screen infotainment system / satnav – already added to the PikUp. The screen handles Bluetooth phone connectivity, navigation, all infotainment functions, selected vehicle settings, and the image from the standard reversing camera that supports the parking radar.
The leather-trimmed steering-wheel carries controls for the infotainment, voice command, and cruise control.
Both the 4×2 and 4×4 units have 195mm of suspension travel from its double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension and 180mm ground clearance.
Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, told The Corner in a media release: “The Scorpio S11 SUV can be a true partner for off-roading with its frame chassis and 103kW / 320Nm engine. We now have three body-on-frame and three monocoque SUVs available.”
The Scorpio S11 will be delivered with a four-year or 120 000km* mechanical warranty and a five-year or 90 000km* service plan.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Mahindra Scorpio S11 6-speed 4×2 – R329 999
Mahindra Scorpio S11 6-speed 4×4 – R349 999
*Whichever comes first.