The new Mahindra Scorpio-N will lock horns with the popular Tata Safari, so here is an on-paper comparison of the two SUVs.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N is touted to be nothing short of a revolution for the Scorpio badge. The car is equipped with more features and competes in a more premium space as compared to the older version. Consequently, it locks horns with other cars in that space. For instance, given its features and price, the new Scorpio-N has now become a direct rival to the popular Tata Safari. This competition between the two SUVs is quite interesting, so we decided to pit them against each other and see how they fare on paper.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Dimensions
In terms of dimensions, the new Scorpio-N is bigger than the Safari in every way. The Scorpio-N is 4,662mm long, 1,917mm wide, and 1,857mm tall. And it has a wheelbase of 2,750mm. However, the Scorpio sits lower than the Tata Safari – it has a ground clearance of 187mm, while the latter's ground clearance is 205mm.
The Tata Safari, on the other hand, measures 4,661mm in length, 1,894mm in width, and 1,786mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,741mm.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Features
Feature-wise, both the Scorpio-N and Safari are loaded to the gills. Both cars come with terrain modes, hill-descent control, a powered driver seat, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, and more.
The Tata Safari gains a few points over the Scorpio-N with features like ventilated seats in the first and second rows and a panoramic sunroof – the Scorpio gets a standard electric sunroof. The Safari also has an auto-dimming IRVM and an electronic parking brake in its higher-spec models.
On the other hand, the Scorpio-N gets some points back with its four-wheel-drive system, driver drowsiness detection, sweeping LED turn indicators, mechanical locking differential, brake locking differential, and dual-zone climate control.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Engine
The Mahindra Scorpio-N is offered with both a petrol and a diesel engine, with the latter available in two states of tune. The petrol unit is a 2.0-litre engine that delivers 203bhp and 370Nm of torque (380Nm in the automatic variant). The 2.2-litre diesel, on the other hand, comes in two states of tune – in the lower tune, the engine produces 132bhp and 300Nm, and in the higher state of tune, it outputs 175bhp and 370Nm (400Nm in automatic variant).
The Tata Safari, on the other hand, comes with just a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which outputs 168bhp and 370Nm. In terms of transmission options, it gets both manual and torque converter options.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Safety
In terms of safety, both the Scorpio-N and Tata Safari come with six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, hill-hold, hill-descent control, and disc brakes on all four corners.
However, the Scorpio-N gets an edge over the Safari with features like drowsiness detection, locking differentials, and emergency call & SOS function. It also gets Penta-link independent rear suspension, along with Frequency Selective Damping, which should add to its handling abilities.
Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Price
The Mahindra Scorpio-N costs Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Z2 petrol manual transmission variant and Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Z8 L diesel manual transmission variant. Similarly, the prices for the Tata Safari start at Rs 15.24 lakh for the XE manual variant and go up to Rs 21.04 lakh for the XZ+ 6-seater manual variant. Discussing the Safari’s automatic variant's prices might not be fair, considering that Mahindra is yet to reveal the prices of the Scorpio-N’s automatic and 4WD versions.