Mahindra SA has launched a redesigned version of its Scorpio S10 SUV. The new model is based on an (apparently) all-new platform and apart from fresh looks, the newcomer boasts a host of new technologies
“Following on the launch of the new-generation XUV500 sports utility vehicle last year, we’re proud to introduce the all-new, thoroughly re-engineered, equally advanced Scorpio S10 SUV to the South African market,” says Sanjoy Gupta, chief executive officer of Mahindra SA. “The Scorpio has always represented an appealing mix of capability and value, but this latest model raises the bar significantly in every respect. Everything, from the contemporary appearance to the sophisticated interior and the under-the-skin engineering, has been re-engineered to an entirely higher standard,” Gupta added.
There's a new-look front end with purposeful detailing: the new headlights incorporate LED daytime running lights, a bonnet scoop feeds cool air to the intercooler and foglights are recessed into the bumper. Tough touches include wheel arches, roof rails and side cladding and to maximise the Scorpio's go-anywhere ability Mahindra has fitted all-terrain tyres. The rear of the vehicle features LED tail lamps and a roof spoiler with an LED brake light.
Under the skin there's a completely new suspension with dual wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic dampers at the front, while the rear has a multilink design augmented by coil springs and an anti-roll bar.
The cabin receives a makeover too: there's a 6-inch touchscreen display system that incorporates satellite navigation, CD/DVD playback as well as USB/Aux inputs. New technology includes automatically activated headlamps and windscreen wipers, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, climate control and rear park distance control. The cabin trim now features blue/grey upholstery with a two-tone dashboard. The new steering wheel has multifunction capability (with toggles for the audio system and cruise control). The steering column is tilt-adjustable for driver comfort.
Other notable features include power windows and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, 12V charging points, remote central locking, and a remote fuel filler flap. In terms of safety features, the Scorpio has dual front airbags while the brakes are ABS-equipped and feature electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). A collapsible steering column, crash protection crumple zones, side impact protection bars, an immobiliser and anti-theft alarm system are standard.
The engine and transmission
The Mahindra Scorpio S10 SUV retains its predecessor's 2.2-litre intercooled and turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder motor that produces 88 kW and 280 Nm. In terms of transmission, there's a new 5-speed manual 'box while the 4x4 model gets a low-range transfer case, auto-locking hubs and the ability to shift between 2WD/4WD on the fly at speeds of up to 100 kph. Mahindra claims the new Scorpio S10 SUV will consume an average of 7.2 L/100 km. For the off-road fundis, the Mahindra Scorpio boasts 180 mm of ground clearance.
Mahindra Scorpio S10 price in South Africa
All models are covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a three-year/60 000 km service plan.
Scorpio S10 SUV 4x2 R283 995
Scorpio S10 SUV 4x4 R299 995
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