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Earlier this year, the Mahindra Group finally launched the much-awaited Scorpio Ex, an entry-level version of the popular SUV that's been dominating all sorts of terrain for almost a decade now.
Why It’s Worth It
The most obvious attractive feature is its price; at Rs. 7.42 lakhs (ex-Bangalore--prices elsewhere will vary), it's quite the deal for a full-featured SUV.
The Scorpio Ex also features:
- An impressive 14 kmpl mileage.
- Efficient engineering, with a 2.5 litre M2DiCR engine that develops 75bhp power and 220NM torque.
- Fuel-saving Micro-Hybrid Technology which puts the engine into standby mode when possible, ensuring maximum fuel efficiency
- Superlative safety gear like crash protective crumple zones, which protect passengers in the event of a collision and a digital immobilizer which protects the car from theft.
- Uncompromised drivability, with the ability to go from 0-60 kmh in 11.2 seconds.
- Bharat Stage IV compliance, which mandates lower emissions and a reduced carbon footprint
The Ex is available in four colour options: Rocky Beige, Diamond White, Fiery Black and Mist Silver (pictured above).
The Scorpio in Action
Ever since its launch in 2002, the Scorpio's been making a name for itself at rallies and other competitions in India and abroad. Here's a sampler of what's been done with Mahindra's flagship SUV:
- The Scorpio recently created a hat-trick for itself at the 12th Raid-de-Himalaya, one of the most grueling and challenging rally events in India. After winning the 2011 Adventure Trial (SUV category) under a record 3 segments for the 3rd year in a row, it's made its mark as the SUV to beat in that particular competition
- The Scorpio was also the car of choice for an 11-day nationwide road trip covering over 7000 kms via the Golden Quadrilateral Highway in partnership with the Helios Foundation. The purpose of the trip was to accomplish India's largest road campaign towards a social cause.
- A software consultant from Bangalore, Ajay Kumar Singh, managed to conquer the world’s highest pass, Marsimek La (setting a new record), behind the wheel of his trusted Scorpio.
- The Scorpio's been making waves in the rally world internationally as well; it recently placed third at the world-renowned Rally Dos Sertoes in Brazil, with acclaimed driver Ricardo Augusto De Souza Campos at the helm.
Here's a photo montage featuring the Scorpio shredding its way through all sorts of difficult terrain:
And here's the beast in action at the Rally Dos Sertoes in Brazil:
-Pictures courtesy Mahindrascorpio.com and carsbase.com-
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