Active safety tech, including AEB, is not likely to be added to the Scorpio until around 2025 when it will become mandatory in Australia
Mahindra will not initially bring the Scorpio to Australia with any active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, but adding such features has been confirmed to be part of 4×4 SUV’s lifecycle plan.
The Scorpio six-seat wagon has just launched locally with basic safety equipment such as six airbags, ABS and stability control, but will go without active safety aids fitted to most new cars in Australia, such as lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian alert.
However, Mahindra’s vice president and head of international operations, Joydeep Moitra, recently told Chasing Cars that active safety tech will come as part of the model’s ‘cycle plan’.
“We will do it with a midlife update (for Scorpio) … In fact, AEB is available as a feature on XUV700 already in India, we are selling this as we speak. The data has to be collected for Australia and then it has to be tested out, and then you apply for ADR. That’s a process in itself,” Mr Moitra said.
Mahindra only just beat the cut-off with Scorpio before the Australian AEB requirement came into place from March 2023, ensuring that all newly-introduced vehicle models thereafter have the safety feature fitted as standard.
Car manufacturers with existing vehicle products – such as Scorpio – need to have proposed active safety systems filed with the Australian Government by February 2025, forcing automakers to make their cars safer for owners and occupants.
It’s expected that a mid-life Scorpio update will bring AEB and other active safety features, along with a seven-seat option that is not currently available with the vehicle.
The Scorpio will initially be sold as a six seater with a captain chair arrangement for the second row.
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