2023 Mahindra Scorpio price undercuts rivals


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Mahindra has revealed price and specifications for the Scorpio in Australia which comes with a new, longer warranty.

Mahindra’s all-new Scorpio SUV off-roader has launched in Australia and orders are open to buyers with pricing and specifications confirmed. Mahidnra also announced the model is covered by a longer 7-year, 150,000km warranty plus 7 years of road-side assist.

There are two model grades of the Scorpio in Australia (which won’t carry the Indian market Scorpio-N badge): Scorpio Z8 and the Scorpio Z8L. Both feature six seats in a 2+2+2 configuration.

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Both feature a proper four-wheel drivetrain with a low-range transfer case and 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine. The mHawk engine is mated to a six-automatic transmission and produces 129kW and 400Nm of torque. Rear-wheel driven on high-traction surfaces (like dry bitumen), four-high can be selected on the fly at speeds up to 80km/h for increased grip on loose surfaces, while low-range is used for proper off-roading.

Pitching itself against competitors such as the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Ford Everest, Mahindra has decided to undercut all body-on-frame rivals in its segment with a starting price of $41,990 driveaway (nationwide) for the entry-level Scorpio Z8 until the end of June. The tops-pec model is priced at $44,990 driveaway and adds a 12-speaker Sony stereo with subwoofer, electric adjustment on the driver’s seat, wireless device charging, front camera, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7.0-inch screen in the driver’s instrument panel.

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All models feature 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare, bi-LED headlights, LED lamps, sequential LED indicators, sunroof, coffee and black colour leatherette interior trim, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, reversing camera, two front USB-A and one rear USB-C port, rear ventilation with fan control, dual-climate control and the 4XPLOR system which control four high, four low, and four driving modes for off-roading: Snow, Mud, Sand and Normal.

While NCAP rated to five stars, in part due to the strength of its all-new generation body and six airbags, the Australian-spec Scorpio will, for now, miss out on AEB. Mahindra says that the technology, likely with a full suite of safety assist system, will come with a facelift model by 2025 (which we’d expect will require a higher price than its introduction offer).

Mahindra adds that it has a good level of supply and can quickly deliver vehicles that can be ordered now. With 50 ‘touchpoints’ around Austrlia, the Indian-owned company says it is planning to have up to 60 dealer and service centres across the country soon as expansion plans ramp up – the next model coming to be the seven-seat XUV700 in a few month’s time.

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