Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 26 Aug 2022
We have the excellent Mahindra XUV500 and the impressive Mahindra Scorpio SUV, to which we will soon add the 7-seat Mahindra XUV700 and the luxurious Mahindra Scorpio-N. Too much of a good thing can make it difficult to decide, so we will do a quick comparison about what is what so you can have an idea of which one is for you.
Let’s start with what we have: the XUV500 and the Scorpio SUV. The first difference between the XUV500 and XUV700 and the two Scorpios is in the body construction. The first two are monocoque construction, which means the body is built in one piece on a chassis like a car. The Scorpios come from the bakkie and are ladder frame construction, a more robust build method, but the monocoque vehicles will drive more like cars, the Scorpios like bakkies. The Scorpios are rear-wheel drive or 4×4, while the XUV500 and XUV700 are front-wheel drives or all-wheel drives.
The 500 and Scorpio both come with the excellent m-hawk 2.2 turbo diesel, and we assume the XUV700 and the N will have the same, but time will tell on launch.
The XUV500 is currently the most luxurious Mahindra on our showroom floors. It is a five-seater that comes in four trim levels, with M/T and auto options. Luxury and safety features are plenty, with the top trim model equal to or better than anything in its class. This is an urban SUV that is comfortable going onto rougher terrain.
The Scorpio SUV is a five-seater, rugged, off-road capable SUV that can be compared to the Jeep Cherokee and similar vehicles. Although more rugged than the XUV500, it is still quite luxurious inside. It comes in three trim levels, a rear-wheel drive and two 4x4s. This is an off-roader that is comfortable in the city, although the drive is not as sophisticated as the XUV500.
This is very much the big brother, the seven-seat next level iteration of the XUV500. In India, it has garnered the Safest Car accolade and will make a welcome addition to the top-range SUV options in South Africa.
The Scorpio-N is a rugged 7-seater that will take you anywhere in luxury and safety. It should offer both rear-wheel drive and 4×4 options, and the South African launch is so imminent that you can already pre-book a test drive.
The XUV500 and Scorpio SUV are here right now and you check out the options and their prices and take them for a test. The XUV700 and Scorpio-N will soon be in South Africa. We don’t yet have the prices and other details, so you will have to wait and see – stay tuned to our socials for updates.
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Mahindra has always been known for its tough utilitarian vehicles. Developed for the military and ruggedness came before modern good looks. Over time the rougher edges have been smoothed out, but the original DNA remained very much visible.
Since then the marque has designed some very handsome SUVs aimed squarely at the urban market. The Mahindra XUV500 and XUV300 and the KUV100 would look perfectly at home in the fanciest mall or driveway of the most expensive house. The Scorpio SUV walked a different path. It is a rugged SUV that can take on the toughest terrain, yet it can operate in the city too.
So that covers all the bases SUV-wise for Mahindra? Actually, no. Get ready for the Big Daddy of Mahindra SUVs – the all-new Scorpio-N. Some might think the Scorpio-N is just the Scorpio with some extra bits and bobs bolted on. Some will be wrong.
Although successful car makers carry the underlying DNA throughout all the vehicles they build, and although the Scorpio-N channels the spirit of the original Mahindra Scorpio, the N is an entirely new car designed from the ground up.
It will redefine the D-segment SUV category and has been specifically engineered to meet the aspirations of the young and young at heart tech-savvy drivers looking for an authentic full-size SUV.
The Scorpio-N will be built on a brand new body-on-frame platform, so it is the real off-road deal whether you take the 4×2 or 4×4 option. You can also choose a powerful petrol or diesel drive and manual or automatic transmission.
The Scorpio-N is a car you can go to war in. Or on a date.
You see, the days of tough 4x4s being as rugged inside as out are over. The Scorpio-N gives you a commanding driving position. Its premium interior is loaded with the advanced luxury and safety features you have come to expect from a top-range SUV. The ride is firm, yet comfortable. The ergonomic cabin makes driving a pleasure.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N sets a new SUV standard. But what about the current Scorpio? The one we know and love? Is it dead? No, the Scorpio-N is a totally different car that moves in an entirely different market. The current Scorpio will continue to do what it does so well, but with a badge that says Scorpio Classic.
The Scorpio-N is due to launch in India by the end of June. We don’t know if we are going to get it, but you can keep up by subscribing to our newsletter.
January 2022 has seen the most Mahindra vehicles sold in South Africa since it launched in South Africa 18-years ago, according to figures released by NAAMSA. This is a massive 77% increase over the same month in 2021. And although the early ’21 sales were subdued by COVID, this January’s sales shine because they beat the excellent pre-pandemic years of 2018 and ’19.
What makes these sales even more significant is that they happened despite the worldwide supply chain disruptions and lingering COVID storms in the Northern Hemisphere hampering stock and parts availability in South Africa.
The locally-manufactured Pik Up range is still the company’s best-seller – 618 units sold in Jan. This keeps it in the list of South Africa’s three fastest-growing bakkies. Top trim models such as the Pik Up Karoo Dusk and the new Pik Up S6 DC AT were primary drivers of sales in this model.
The KUV100 NXT also recorded excellent sales, proving the demand for an affordable, economical, yet highly capable compact SUV. The evergreen Scorpio, especially the Adventure model, was very popular as a versatile family car.
The expected South African launch of the new Mahindra XUV700 model later this year is expected to build on the excellent sales so far.
Mahindra’s achievements are the results of a serious commitment and hard work over a long time. It first entered the South African market in 2004 with the intention of making this country it’s second home outside of India. Since then it has invested steadily in its dealer network and customer service to make sure its growth was matched by its service and support capacity.
Over the last four years, the company has expanded its South African footprint significantly with several major investments. These included a new assembly facility in Durban, and a large new training centre for technical and sales staff, as well as a specialised vehicle fitment centre in Gauteng.
At the same time, the company has supported its dealer network to expand to larger and more modern facilities with greater floor space and a bigger staff complement.
“The past two years have been tough, but our dealer network and the team kept their morale and momentum high and it has borne fruit,” said Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. He attributed the new sales record to the hard work of team Mahindra SA and its 72 dealers, as well as the South African motoring public’s fondness for well-built, well-priced vehicles.