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2006-04-18 16:38

New features enhance the 2006 Mahindra Scorpio

The vehicle's external and internal features are a marked improvement on the previous model, taking it to another level in terms of comfort, convenience, space and aesthetics.

The new Scorpio will be positioned as a stylish, affordable family 4x4 which doubles as a practical family vehicle at a value for money price.

According to Vijay Nakra, chief executive of Mahindra South Africa, the new-look Scorpio was redeveloped to include 40 new features.

The original Scorpio is a direct result of the innovative Integrated Design and Manufacturing (IDAM) process, where Mahindra tied-up with global automotive suppliers at an early stage for concurrent design and development.

"The new Scorpio is a result of customer and press feedback over the last 18 months where we have developed this new and improved product, which is available at the same price as before," said Nakra.


These partners include Lear USA, Visteon USA, Dana USA, BEHR Germany, Bosch Germany, Borg Warner USA, Fuji Japan and Sylea France.

"In every sense, Mahindra Scorpio offers South African consumers a true internationally manufactured, world-class product," he says.

The new Scorpio has more aggressive styling cues with the familiar macho front grill and large clear lens headlamps now complimented by a sporty new scoop on the bonnet and specially designed front bumper with air dams.

The all-new tail lamp runs all the way to the top of the vehicle,and the rear spoiler with integrated brake light is a standard feature across all models.

The Scorpio's side profile is now distinguished by newly designed footsteps which are integrated with the body, and there are roof rails.

The revamped dashboard and central console gives a better feel, while the instrument cluster has a more contemporary look with all controls designed with ease of access and operation in mind.


Stowage space is a place factor, with can/cup alcoves, multi-utility spaces, a map pocket and a spacious glove box.

Other notable comfort features include power steering, electric windows, electric fuel lid opener, defogger and cell phone holder and charger points.

One of the Scorpio?s key features is that it can accommodate eight people in three separate rows, with ease.

It also has a sliding middle row facility, which allows the passenger flexible legroom space.

It is fitted with an alarm and immobiliser, and offers keyless entry.

The Scorpio boasts expansive dimensions, with a length of 4 482 mm, width of 1 775 mm and height of 1 916mm.

Two engines

The Scorpio range boasts two very distinct engines.

The first is a 2.6-litre turbo diesel with intercooler, designed in collaboration with AVL of Austria.

It delivers 81 kW at 3 800 r/min and an impressive 255 Nm torque at 1 800 r/min. It is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 variants.

The other is a 2-litre petrol, fitted to the 4x2 version model, and it is a 1 998 cc four-cylinder 16-valve multi-point fuel injected engine from Renault.

It delivers 91 kW at 5 500 r/min and 180 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min and engine includes throttle by wire and an electronic control unit.

The 4x4 variant comes with an electric Borg Warner transfer case which allows you to switch to 4x4 with the turn of a switch.

It also has 200 mm ground clearance, selectable all-wheel drive and a low-range transfer case.

Front suspension consists of independent coil springs and additional stability is provided by an anti-roll bar.There's now also five-point multi-link rear suspension fine-tuned by Lotus Engineering.

The Scorpio has powered rack and pinion steering mechanism on all models, with an adjustable steering column.Turning circle is 10.8 meters.

All models use five-speed syncromesh manual gearboxes.


- Scorpio 2.0 Petrol 4x2 R166 400
- Scorpio 2.6 Turbo Diesel 4x2 R180 000
- Scorpio 2.6 Turbo Diesel 4x4 R215 000

The new Scorpio comes with a standard three years/100 000 km warranty and optional service plans at either three years/ 60 000 km or three years/ 100 000 km.

Mahindra South Africa (Pty) Ltd is part of the Indian auto giant, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd,and has more than 30 dealerships across the country.

Parts backup is covered by Berco, a renowned logistics and distribution company, and Mahindra vehicles are also covered by a two-year roadside assistance AA membership along with medical backup.

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