Both SUVs will share powertrains, but will have completely different driving purposes
Mahindra has started teasing the 2022Scorpio ahead of its expected June launch. The new-generation model gets a complete makeover, making it bigger, more powerful and richer than its predecessor.
The Scorpio will share its powertrains with the XUV700, but will serve completely different purposes. While the XUV700 is touted as a feature-packed premium monocoque SUV, the Scorpio will serve more as a rugged alternative with anywhere versatility.
So, here are seven key differences between both Mahindras, based on all available information.
As mentioned above, the Scorpio will borrow the powertrains from the XUV700. For reference, the XUV and Thar use the same 2.2-litre diesel engine, but in different modes. For the XUV, the numbers are 155 hp and 185 hp, while the same unit makes 130 hp on the Thar.
The Scorpio will also use the same 2.2-litre diesel engine, but likely in two different setups. It will use the Thar’s 130PS tune for the lower variants and possibly the 155PS or closer to the XUV700’s top spec diesel’s 185PS tuning for the higher variants. It’s unlikely that the 2-litre turbo petrol engine will deliver multiple tunes and should deliver anywhere between the Thar’s 150hp and the XUV’s 200hp.
As for the transmission, the new Scorpio will continue with the six-speed manual and automatic, as seen on the other two Mahindras.
Now there is a big difference. As a monocoque, the XUV700 is offered as standard with front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is optional with the diesel. Meanwhile, the body-on-frame Scorpio gets standard rear-wheel drive with the optional all-wheel drive instead. The latter also gets a low-range gearbox, limited rear slip differential, off-road modes and possibly the Thar’s real-time adventure stats, which include lean angles, compass and other off-road-related data.
The Mahindra XUV700 is available with five and seven seats, the latter being exclusive to the base spec AX trim. The 2022 Scorpio will be offered in six- and seven-seat configurations, eventually replacing the third-row bounce seats with a two-seat sofa from the existing model. As for the six-seater, it gets second and third row captain’s seats, which are not offered with the XUV.
The Mahindra Scorpio has always been and will continue to be a robust body-on-frame SUV. Mahindra retains its iconic styling cues, such as the sturdy bumpers, the gently sloping roof and the kink around the C-pillar. It’s basically the good old SUV, but in a modern and more premium avatar.
As for the Mahindra XUV700, it goes to the more elegant and stylish side with shapely body lines, minimal wheel arches (compared to the Scorpio), huge C-shaped headlights and recessed door handles.
We have already got a good idea of the interior of the 2022 Scorpio. From how it looks, Mahindra has definitely improved the game compared to the outgoing version. The SUV gets a tech-laden cabin with plenty of premium upgrades. The XUV700 offers a minimalist layout, while the Scorpio will come with a more traditional dashboard layout, which will feel more useful than the simple yet premium feel of the XUV700.
The Scorpio will borrow most of the features from the XUV700, such as the MX’s semi-digital instrument panel with a 7-inch screen and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, two-zone climate control, automatic LED headlights and windshield wipers, a 360-degree camera and sequential turn signals. As for the XUV700, it offers more details such as dual 10.25-inch screens for the infotainment and driver display, a panoramic sunroof, a Sony 3D sound system with 12 speakers and an electric driver’s seat.
In terms of safety, the Scorpio offers multiple airbags (usually six), a 360-degree camera, traction control and ESC. The XUV also gets a list of identical features, but mainly offers the ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) suite. With ADAS, you get adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistant, the first in the segment.
Now it remains to be seen whether the Scorpio also scores high in the worldwide NCAP crash test, just like the XUV700. While the XUV700 has scored a whopping five stars, we expect the Scorpio to score a minimum of four stars, as promised by Mahindra for its future products
The Mahindra XUV700 is on sale from Rs 13.18 lakh to Rs 24.59 lakh (ex showroom Delhi). As for the Scorpio, we expect it to be priced from around Rs 10 lakh. The prices of some variants will certainly overlap, such as those of the top variants of the Scorpio with the mid-spec variants of the XUV.
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The Mahindra Scorpio will serve as a robust (but indirect) alternative to the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Nissan Kicks and Maruti S-Cross. As for the XUV700, direct competitors are the MG Hector/Hector Plus and Tata Harrier/Safari. However, it also comes as an indirect alternative to the competition of the Scorpio.
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