Mahindra Auto announced that its most popular SUV, Mahindra Scorpio, has hit the production landmark of 9 lakh units. Currently, the Scorpio is available in Classic and Scorpio-N editions. The 9,00,000th unit to be rolled out of Mahindra’s production facility in Chakan was the Scorpio-N. The SUV was introduced in India last year and has been an instant success among buyers.
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Mahindra Scorpio: India’s most popular SUV
Introduced in 2002, Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most popular SUVs in India. The SUV was reintroduced as Scorpio Classic last year, following the launch of the new Scorpio-N. Both models are sold alongside each other under the ‘Scorpio’ monicker.
Mahindra Scorpio Classic is powered by an updated all-aluminium lightweight GEN-2 mHawk engine that produces a maximum power of 130hp and 300Nm torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It is 55 kilos lighter and 14% more fuel efficient than the one found in the previous Scorpio.
Meanwhile, Mahindra Scorpio-N is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine option and a 2.2L diesel engine unit that also supports the Mahindra Thar and XUV700. The petrol unit delivers 170ps of power while the diesel unit to puts out 155ps of power. The SUV comes with multiple driving modes and has a body-on-frame construction. It features intelligent 4Xplore terrain management technology, offering the 4 modes Tarmac, Snow, Mud and Desert, with the touch of a button.
While the two SUVs sport the signature Scorpio look, the Scorpio-N features a more modern design. It gets a large seven-sectioned front grille with the new Mahindra twin peaks logo at the centre. Along with the LED projector headlights and fog lamps come the C-shaped LED DRLs. The metallic Scorpio-tail element is seamlessly integrated into its belt line, swinging all the way to the top of the window. The rear taillamps have a Volvo-like appearance.
Prices for Mahindra Scorpio-N start at Rs 12.74 lakh and go up to Rs 21.30 lakh. Mahindra Scorpio Classic start at Rs 12.64 lakh and go up to Rs 16.14 lakh. Both versions of Scorpio have a waiting period of 7-12 months. In India, Mahindra Scorpio rivals Tata Safari, MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, and Kia Seltos.