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Mahindra Scorpio-N 2023: Toyota Fortuner rival completes torture test across Australian outback


The test program saw the Scorpio-N subjected to 120,000km over six months in harsh Australian conditions 

Mahindra believes that its upcoming Scorpio-N SUV is ready for the Australian market, following the completion of a six-month endurance test across the country. 

During this time, Mahindra claims that the body-on-frame 4×4 SUV had racked up 120,000km as part of the “rigorous” testing program.

2023 Mahindra Scorpio-N side test
A 10,000km was reportedly completed on dirt roads alone

It’s only fair that Mahindra’s Scorpio-N proves itself, considering that it’s likely going to come up against some stiff competition locally in the form of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, and the Isuzu MU-X.

Mahindra notes that the Scorpio-N was challenged through the six-month period in conditions such as “extreme heat, cold, and rain, as well as rough terrain, steep inclines, and sharp turns.”

Towing in over 45-degree heat, driving for consecutive 18-hour days, and a 10,000km non-stop dirt road test were reportedly also included in the program. 

Diesel power likely to be standard with Scorpio-N 

Despite previous speculation pointing to Mahindra introducing the Scorpio-N with both petrol and diesel power, it appears likely that the latter will be the sole power source launched in Australia. 

2023 Mahindra Scorpio-N tree
The Scorpio-N reportedly proved itself well off the beaten track

The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder unit is good for 129kW/400Nm and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

A part-time 4×4 system means that the Scorpio-N is rear-wheel drive under regular driving conditions, but when things get rough, drivers are able to select dual-range four-wheel drive. 

Other off-road goodies include a locking differential on the rear axle, and an electronic brake locking differential. 

Pricing for Mahindra’s Scorpio-N SUV is expected to be announced at the vehicle’s launch later this week.  

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