Mahindra Scorpio 2.2 D Z 8L 4 XPLOR

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We all know Mahindra’s reputation for building tough vehicles with no fancy frills, or so I thought until I road tested this model which is well equipped, well priced and presents a supremely comfortable ride on any road surface.

By Rubin van Niekerk

Amongst rugged SUVs, the versatile Mahindra Scorpio 2.2 D Z 8L 4 XPLOR is a tough contender at the most competitive price. It’s ability to be equally comfortable in the city as well as on and off-road trails helped me to bond with it during the testing period of a week. With its bold design, robust performance, advanced features, and unwavering reliability, the Scorpio 2.2 D Z 8L 4 XPLOR is great as a lifestyle vehicle that easily copes when you head into the bush to explore unknown territory.

It is a bold vehicle with its muscular silhouette, rugged design cues and imposing front grille flanked by sleek LED headlights. Pronounced wheel arches, side cladding, and roof rails add to its aggressive stance, while the high ground clearance and sturdy skid plates emphasise its off-road capabilities.

Powered by a robust 2.2-litre diesel engine that delivers sufficient performance in any situation, it accelerates effortlessly and tackles inclines with ease. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting manual transmission, offering precise control and seamless power delivery.

Despite its commanding size, the Scorpio 2.2 D Z 8L offers agile handling and precise dynamics, ensuring surprising manoeuvrebility. A robust chassis, well-tuned suspension system and responsive steering allows the Scorpio to navigate tight corners and winding roads with confidence. No whether you are cruising on the highway or exploring rugged terrain, the Scorpio delivers an engaging driving experience.

Equipped with advanced four-wheel-drive technology and off-road features, which easily conquers the toughest of terrains with high ground clearance, impressive approach and departure angles. Durable underbody protection allows it to navigate through mud, sand, rocks, and steep inclines with minimal risk. Hill descent control and an electronic stability program further enhance off-road capabilities, providing maximum traction and control in challenging conditions.

The spacious and well-appointed cabin is designed to provide comfort and convenience on even long challenging journeys with ergonomically designed seats providing ample support. Premium upholstery and refined materials emphasise sophistication, while the ambient lighting and adjustable armrests enhance the overall ambiance of the cabin. A host of creature comforts such as automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, and a multifunction steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons places it amongst top end competitors. An intuitive infotainment system has a large touchscreen display with seamless connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keeps everybody entertained and connected.

Safety-wise a comprehensive suite of advanced safety features, ranging from dual front airbags and ABS with EBD to rear parking sensors and a reverse camera, the Scorpio matches its more expensive competitors. Advanced driver assistance systems such as electronic stability control, rollover mitigation, and traction control, ensures maximum safety and stability in all driving conditions. Mahindra’s commitment to excellence is crystal clear with the Scorpio and its great driving experience that leaves a lasting impression. It is highly recommended for a test drive which most likely will surprise you pleasantly.

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