Mahindra recently launched the highly anticipated, all-new Scorpio-N, which industry insiders expect to be grace Namibian showrooms by the end of March. The revamped version of the iconic SUV was unveiled in South Africa in June 2022, simultaneously with its India reveal, and was officially launched in southern Africa last week.
An authentic Mahindra SUV that builds upon the game changer legacy of the original Scorpio, the Scorpio-N received record bookings in India, hitting 100 000 in under 30 minutes. It has been just as eagerly awaited by customers in Namibia. When it eventually touches down in Namibia at the end of March, the Scorpio-N will be available in four models, two 2X4s and two 4X4s. According to Mahindra enthusiasts, the Scorpio-N will compete directly with the likes of Range Rover and Land Cruiser. The price range of the four available models will be released closer its local arrival.
The All-New Scorpio-N is designed and engineered to global standards. Built from the ground up with no carryover components from the legacy Scorpio, the Scorpio-N elevates existing segment benchmarks across all critical parameters: performance, capabilities, technology, sophistication, ride and handling, NVH, interiors, appearance and most crucially, safety.
The All-New Scorpio-N became the first body-on-frame SUV to secure a 5-star rating in the Global New Car Assessment Programme’s (GNCAP) new crash-test protocols, which came into effect from 1 July 2022.
Manufactured at the state-of-the-art facility, the Scorpio-N was designed and developed at a cost of N$3.4 billion, which includes the setting up of a world-class, highly automated manufacturing line.
Veejay Nakra, president of Mahindra’s Automotive Division, M&M Ltd said: “The All-New Scorpio-N has been designed, engineered and built to be a game. With an unmissable design, thrilling performance and advanced technology, we continue to carry forward the Mahindra legacy of building authentic, tough yet sophisticated SUVs. The All-New Scorpio-N disrupts existing product category hierarchies and will be a force to reckon with across existing SUV offerings in the state. This launch signifies our commitment to bringing world-class SUVs to the South African market and creating a delightful ownership experience”.
The All-New Scorpio-N’s third-generation body-on-frame platform has been engineered to ensure every drive is safe, comfortable and exciting, while delivering authentic SUV attributes.
“Since revealing our new brand promise, we have made it a reality with the launch of the extremely capable Pik Up Dusk, Dawn and Storm and the modern XUV700. Today, we continue our promise as we launch the Scorpio-N, a highly capable and true SUV, engineered for Real Adventure,” said Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa at the launch.
The Scorpio-N takes forward the machismo factor to a whole new level. The signature wheel arches have been made even more muscular taking inspiration from the sinewy silhouette of a swimmer. A metallic Scorpio tail element is seamlessly integrated into the beltline, swinging all the way to the top of the window, giving the Scorpio-N more of a sting. The commanding nature of the design effortlessly translates into the front as well. The Scorpio character is omnipresent as the tall, stacked tail lamp design creates a commanding stand on the rear, as in the front. The All-New Scorpio-N will be offered in six body colour options, namely: Deep Forest, Napoli Black, Everest White, Red Rage, Dazzling Silver and Grand Canyon
Premium crafted interiors
The All-New Scorpio-N is absolutely captivating on the inside, as on the outside. The Scorpio-N greets passengers with top-notch craftsmanship – rich coffee-black leatherette upholstery, best-in-class command seating position, centre console encased in robust metal-finished dual rails, advanced infotainment system and more, taking the premium-ness to the next level. The interiors of the Scorpio-N are designed and fettled to offer a highly sophisticated sensation, delighting the driver and passengers alike.
Bristling with tech
The All-New Scorpio-N scores high on technology, offering an unmatched value proposition for urban and tech-savvy customers looking for engaging with their SUVs to the next level.
Powered by intelligence for an immersive and intuitive driving experience and it also brings an Immersive Audio Experience by adopting 3D Immersive Sound System by Sony.
The gateway to this impressive line-up of future ready experience is through an integrated 20.32 cm infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
The Scorpio-N features six airbags for the occupants; Driver, Passenger, Side and Curtain airbags. It is equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels and hydraulic brake assist and electronic brake pre-fill. Incorporated in the design is 73% of the structure being made from high-strength steel and 3 structural zones to improve the crash performance.
To add to the safety features, the standard Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) features an automated brake wiping system that cleans the breaks of debris every few seconds in wet conditions.
The Scorpio-N also comes standard with driver drowsiness alert, ISOFIX child safety anchorage points and a host of other safety features. The All-New Scorpio-N has achieved 5-star and 3-star ratings for Adult and Child occupants’ safety respectively. Moreover, Scorpio-N also complied with additional tests, including pole side impact, pedestrian protection UN127, electronic stability control (ESC) according to GTR8 and its fitment, and side head protection airbag fitment. As a result of this, Scorpio-N became the first body-on-frame SUV to achieve 5-star rating in the new GNCAP’s crash test protocols.