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2009-09-29 07:16
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mahindra
Model Scorpio
Engine 2.5l, 2.2l turbodiesel
Power 74kW @ 3 800r/min, 87kW @ 4 000r/min
Torque 258Nm @ 1 800r/min, 270Nm @ 1 600r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual, six-speed auto
Fuel Tank 80l (53l)
Airbags Dual front
Mahindra’s SUV and workhorse bakkie Scorpio range has been shored up with a six-speed transmission and airbags.

The Scorpio has been restyled (using the term rather loosely, we admit) and shored up with additional safety features.

Not the last word in aesthetic refinement, these latest Scorpio styling updates (an even more bizarre grille, darkened headlight surrounds and a curious bonnet power dome) ensure you’ll never mistake the Scorpio for anything else in the company car park.

A surfeit of automatic ratios

Powering the revised Scorpio range are two compression-ignition engines.

The 2.5 TCI turbo runs all manual transmission models (and is carried over from the previous range), whilst a new 2.2l mHawk common-rail injected unit is mated to the new six-speed automatic transmission.

The larger engine produces 74kW at 3 800r/min (with 258Nm worth of rotational force at 1 800r/min), whilst Bosch common-rail injection ensures the smaller mHawk diesel serves up 87kW at 4 000r/min and peak rotational force of 270Nm between 1 600-2 800r/min.

Scorpio’s new autobox is only available on the SUV, and the planetary geared shifter features an engine brake function which can be engaged for extreme descents.

Not a soft-roader

Half of the revised Scorpio range has a part-time 4x4 system, which features transfer case actuation via a Borg Warner shift-on-the-fly switch modulated selector.

For those customers keen on testing the low-range capability of these Scorpios, the SUV boasts 180mm of ground clearance, whilst the bakkies will clear obstacles up to 210mm in height under their differentials.

Unfortunately the Scorpio range still makes do without a rear axle diff lock, which limits traction security (and self-extraction possibilities) in severely broken terrain off-road. The models without a transfer case have a slippy diff at the rear, which should help traction a bit on slippery slipways when launching watercraft.

Scorpio’s active and passive safety offering is significantly improved with the presence of ABS modulated brakes and dual front airbags on all models bar the entry level 2.5 TCI bakkie, where they’re options.

Cabin refinements include satellite steering wheel audio controls and cruise control for the six-speed auto models.

The Scorpio SUV range features a 2-Din audio system able to interface with MP3s, CDs, SD cards and USB devices.


Scorpio SUV 2.2 mHawk CRDe 4x4 auto  R259 900
Scorpio SUV 2.2 mHawk CRDe 4x2 auto  R224 900
Scorpio SUV 2.5 NEF TCI 4x4                   R239 900
Scorpio SUV 2.5 NEF TCI 4x2                   R199 900

Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 NEF TCI 4x4 Double Cab R239 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 NEF TCI 4x4 Single Cab   R199 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 NEF TCI 4x2 Double Cab R199 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 NEF TCI 4x2 Single Cab   R157 900 (ABS & airbags optional)

The Mahindra Scorpio range has a 3 year/ 100 000 km warranty.

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