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Mahindra SA unveils all-new New Scorpio-N
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – A first-ever simultaneous global unveiling of a product by Mahindra will bring the brand’s Scorpio-N to Africa.

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CENTURION, Pretoria – Indian automaker Mahindra has unveiled its Scorpio-N wagon in South Africa with a promise of performance, technology, capability and innovation and describes the vehicle as “cutting-edge, while keeping alive the rich legacy of Mahindra’s DNA”.

The All-New Scorpio-N is intended to redefine the D-segment SUV category with a dominating presence, head-turning design, commanding driving position, and well-appointed cabin. It also claims to be ”high on performance and adventure capabilities for a thrilling driving experience”.


It was designed by Pininfarina in Italy and Mahindra’s design studio in Mumbai and supported by teams at Mahindra Research near Chennai and Mahindra America Technical Centre then assembled by the brand’s Pune plant “to create a truly a global product”.

Sachin Arolkar from the brand’s Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited said: “We’re happy to have simultaneously unveiled the all-new Scorpio-N in South Africa and Nepal (India).

The Scorpio-N is still some months away from actual launch in SA but, when it arrives, it will carry a new ‘Twin Peaks’ logo in tune with Mahindra’s focus on building “sophisticated and authentic SUVs”.

The automaker says the vehicles “will herald a strategic shift” across its SUV portfolio: “We’re putting the building blocks in place for a new world with a range of authentic SUVs.”


Rajesh Gupta, Mahindra SA’s CEO, told The Corner via a media release: “Our decision to include South Africa in the global reveal is a clear sign of our commitment to that country as a second home. We’re often on a list of the country’s fastest-growing SUV brands and look forward to introducing our next-generation models.”

Be patient, though – Mahindra says the wagons will be put through a comprehensive SA test programme before reaching showrooms in 2023. Meanwhile, the Scorpio-N is said to be “engineered for those looking for a new-age, authentic, SUV”.

That involves a new third-generation body-on-frame platform “for structural rigidity, off-road capability, and exemplary on-road manners” with propulsion provided by a TGDi mStallion (petrol) engine capable of 150kW/380Nm or an mHawk diesel making 129kW/400Nm but each spinning a six-speed manual or auto gearbox with a choice of rear or all-wheel drive.


But more detail… The Scorpio-N “takes the machismo factor to a whole new level with signature wheel arches while the commanding nature of design translates into the front as well. The Scorpio character is omnipresent as the stacked tail-lights create a commanding stand.”


The N has black leatherette upholstery, “best-in-class” driving seat, a centre console encased in rails, infotainment system, and takes premium-ness to the next level.


The rear suspension rides on a Watts link mechanism for “a confident ride and handling while the steering is smooth and responsive for a vehicle in its category. Disc brakes are standard.

An electric shift-on-the-fly all-wheel drive has three driver-selectable modes.

Finally, the new guys claim to have the lowest CO2 emissions in its segment. “This,” the automaker says, “has been achieved through competent engineering and product development. Mahindra has adopted several environment-friendly manufacturing processes as part of a move to carbon neutrality”.

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