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  • 29 Sep 2009
    NEW - Mahindra Scorpio
    Mahindra has just launched its new Scorpio SUV and Pik-up range in South Africa

    Mahindra South Africa, a subsidiary of the US$ 6.3 billion Mahindra Group, today launched its new Scorpio range nationwide, consisting of nine model derivatives. The new-look Mahindra Scorpio reinforces the vehicle’s technology-driven growth as a world-class vehicle, with its external and internal features taking it to the next level in terms of safety, comfort, convenience, space and aesthetics.

    Starting from R157 900, the range now also boasts the addition of a modern 6-speed automatic transmission that is available in the top of the line SUVs. Mahindra South Africa has also launched its new Scorpio model range with a host of new safety features, including ABS and airbags, which is available as standard on all models except the workhorse Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 TCI Single Cab where it is available as an option.

    New features also include a redesigned front grille, headlights and bumpers, electric rear view mirrors and an integrated 2 Din audio system.

    The new Scorpio range is equipped with dual airbags and ABS as standard fitment, providing additional safety and peace of mind to customers. This is available as an optional feature on the workhorse Scorpio Pik-Up 2.5 NEF TCI 4x2 SC. The top end SUV with automatic transmission is also equipped with a modern transponder based immobiliser security system that meets the Thatcham requirements.

    Mahindra products are extensively tested before launch in different parts of the world for real world usage. In South Africa, vehicles have been extensively tested at Gerotek for durability and reliability.

    The smooth shifting state-of-the-art 6-speed automatic transmission used in the flagship Scorpio SUVs provides a host of advantages, including lower noise levels, better gradeability and a more comfortable drive all round.

    It has a Normal and a Winter mode, the latter has been specifically designed for use on slippery road conditions to avoid high torque at the wheels at start up. The control unit on this transmission also automatically detects the gradient and implements the respective shift schedule for suitable driveability.

    In case of a fast release of the pedal, the transmission will hold the current gear for a calibrated time. When the Engine Brake Mode is activated in extreme downhill conditions, the transmission will select the lowest possible gear for that speed, utilising engine braking. A 4x4 low range is also available for extreme off-road conditions.

    The new Scorpio’s exterior is complemented by impressive power under the bonnet. The technologically advanced mHawk diesel engine is what makes the Scorpio the powerhouse that it is. It propels the Scorpio from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.7 seconds flat and offers more than enough power, making you feel like the king of the road.

    The 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mHawk CRDe engine that powers the automatic derivatives boasts 87kW of power at 4000 rpm and an impressive 270Nm over a broad range between 1600 and 2800 rpm. The 2nd generation Bosch Common Rail system with solenoid injectors intelligently manages fuel supply to the engine.

    The manual models in the Scorpio range are powered by the proven NEF 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that delivers 74kW of power at 3800rpm and 258Nm at 1800rpm.

    The Scorpio range has a redesigned front grille, wrap-around bumpers and a new bonnet scoop – adding to the vehicle’s muscular stance. It also boasts of multi-reflector headlights and new fog lamps.

    The interiors of the Scorpio SUV and Pik-Ups boast a world of convenience and comfort, beginning with new ergonomically designed seats with variable density foam, a new-look gear lever and a host of utility spaces.

    The Scorpio range now also has handy audio controls on the steering wheel, as well as cruise control on the automatic models.

    There is also a multitude of storage possibilities available: can/ cup alcoves, multi-utility spaces, a map pocket and a spacious glove box. Other notable comforts include power steering, electric windows, an electric fuel lid opener, electrically operated rear view mirrors, a defogger, a cellphone holder and mobile charging points for front and middle row seats.

    These features enhance the Scorpio’s appeal, its dynamic performance and ride quality, ensuring an effortless ride.

    One of the Scorpio SUV’s key features is that it can accommodate up to eight people in three separate rows, with ease. It also has a sliding middle row facility in the 8-seater and second row captain seats in the 7-seater, which allow the passengers flexible legroom space.

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