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2012-03-08 20:18

BUDGET SCORPIO SUV: Mahindra's new petrol Scorpio retails for less than its diesel siblings though not available with auto or 4x4 yet.

Indian automaker Mahindra has launched a new petrol 4x2 variant of its Scorpio SUV in South Africa.

It's a rear-wheel drive, seven-seat SUV with a turbocharged 2.2 petrol engine capable of 115kW at 4500rpm and 280Nm from 1800-3000rpm. The engine is turns a five-speed manual gearbox.

Ashok Thakur, CEO of Mahindra SA, said: “The decision to introduce a petrol variant and to standardise the mHawk CRDe engine on all Scorpio models in South Africa follows two earlier customer benefits announced for buyers of the current third generation range introduced to South Africa in 2009.”


Cruise control, aircon, steering wheel audio controls and power windows are all part of the deal, along with two front air bags and anti-lock brakes.

The 4x4 derivatives have a Borg-Warner transfer box with low range and this grippier drive can be invoked electrically while on the move. No sticking in the mud while you wrestle with a stubby second gear-shifter.

The new model will retail for R209 900, R20 000 less than the least-expensive diesel variant. Which is about par for the course.

Scorpio SUV petrol 4x2 - R209 900
Scorpio SUV diesel 4x2 GLX - R229 900                                                              
Scorpio SUV diesel 4x4 GLX - R269 900
Scorpio SUV diesel 4x2 VLX a/t -  R249 900
Scorpio SUV diesel 4x4 VLX a/t - R289 900                                         
All Scorpios will be delivered with a three-year of 100 000km warranty and a 60 000km service plan. Oil change/service everey 10 000km.

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