Indian brand Mahindra has revealed the Scorpio-N, a body-on-frame four-wheel-drive set to be positioned as a cheaper, smaller alternative to a Ford Everest or Isuzu MU-X.
The 2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N has been revealed overseas as the Indian brand’s smaller, cut-price rival for the Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X and other rugged four-wheel-drive SUVs – and it could come to Australia.
Pitched as Mahindra’s successor to the current, 20-year-old Scorpio sold in India – the SUV version of the Pik-Up ute currently available in Australia – the new Scorpio-N rides on a new body-on-frame platform, and offers a four-wheel-drive option.
Australian launch timing is yet to be confirmed, however Drive expects it to be a likely starter for our market, given that further details are due to be announced on June 27.
Mahindra is yet to confirm how large the new Scorpio-N is, however photos of prototypes of it parked beside a Ford Everest suggest the new Mahindra will sized closer to a mid-size SUV like a Toyota RAV4, rather than larger off-roaders such as Everest, MU-X or Prado.
It’s also unknown if the car will offer space for seven occupants or five.
SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4-sized Mercedes-Benz GLB demonstrate it is technically possible to squeeze a third row into some smaller vehicles, albeit while putting back-seat passengers in a tight spot.
The new Mahindra Scorpio-N evolves the boxy styling of its Scorpio predecessor (and Australia’s Pik-Up), but ushers in LED headlights, plenty of chrome trim, and sharper surfacing along the side of the vehicle.
No images of the vehicle’s rear end have been released, however spy photos published overseas suggest an infotainment screen measuring about eight or nine inches across, plus a digital instrument cluster, multi-zone climate control, and various USB ports.
Indian media outets report a choice of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engines from the car-derived XUV700 revealed last year, paired to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with optional four-wheel drive.
Outputs in the XUV700 are rated at 147kW/380Nm for the petrol engine, or either 114kW/360Nm or 136kW/420-450Nm for the diesel, depending on the transmission and state of tune selected.
The 2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N is due to go on sale in India in the coming months, where it will be sold alongside the current Scorpio SUV, which will be rebranded as the ‘Scorpio Classic’.
It will sit in Mahindra’s range alongside the XUV700 medium SUV, due on sale in Australia later this year, and the Jeep Wrangler-inspired Thar, which won’t be sold in Australia following a lawsuit from the American car maker last year.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.