The Mahindra Scorpio-N is a very reliable addition to the ever-growing list of SUVs in the Indian market. But while its dominant looks and impressive list of features are great, there are some other vital factors to consider.
Mahindra The Scorpio-N has received a massive response from potential buyers in the country and received over one lakh bookings in just an hour after the booking window opened last week. The latest model from Mahindra & Mahindra promises to follow in the footsteps of the updated models with modern SUV styling, multiple engine and transmission options and features on offer. Tar and the XUV700.
But while the Scorpio-N may have made a big splash in the Indian automotive space, it’s not exactly perfect. And really, what car model ever? The Scorpio-N and Scorpio will be sold side by side, with the new model borrowing only the name tag, promising to be an all-new product.
There are five factors Mahindra Scorpio-N should consider before booking a room:
Mahindra offers Scorpio-N with a2. 2-litre mHawk diesel engine in two settings and 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine. Both of these engines are mated to a manual as well as a six-speed automatic transmission.
There’s plenty of power on offer, but with big power usually comes low mileage. When choosing a gasoline engine paired with an automatic transmission, the number is likely to be in the single digits within city limits. Expect that figure to be between 11 and 12 km/l on open roads. A diesel automatic within city limits will likely get around 12km/l and slightly more on highways. Analogues with a manual gearbox would be a little more economical.
Mahindra is struggling here, and the blame can lie on factors such as high demand and supply chain issues hampering production cycles. In fact, some of the options of Art XUV700 have a waiting time of more than a year. Company representatives admit that this is far from ideal, but also emphasize that deliveries of the Scorpio-N will be phased.
The first 25,000 bookings will be served on a first-come, first-served basis and deliveries will continue until the end of December. For the rest of the orders already placed, there is no exact delivery schedule yet. And for those looking to reserve a unit in the future, the final delivery schedule could very well – potentially – be a year away.
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Three-row SUVs tend to compromise with the trunk at the very end, and the Scorpio-N is no exception. It’s a big car with good handling and is designed for long trips. But while the six- and seven-seat options are great, there won’t be much room for luggage once all the passengers are seated. Of course, there’s always the option of a roof rack.
The broken space of the third row:
Again, the third row in many SUVs and MPVs is often overlooked. Seat in the third row inside Scorpion is also quite confined, and the tight space is hardly helped by the fact that there are no passenger vents either.
Now, that last point is more of a predicted prediction than a statement of fact. Mahindra sells auto blocks by the truckload and it’s great. But with the resounding success of the Thar and XUV700 and the sustained numbers generated Bolero and Bolero Neo, there is a possibility that the company’s existing service network may be under pressure. Add in one lakh Scorpio-N models after all, and Mahindra will have to work really hard to not only expand its service network but also ensure that quality control remains rock-solid.
Date of first publication: August 3, 2022, 10:05 AM IST