SA part of Mahindra global brand, XUV700 & Scorpio-N reveals
Mahindra South Africa took pride of place in the global reveal of the new Scorpio-N and XUV 700. It went down via a live crossing from India as the physical example had the wraps removed at Gerotek. At the same time the company showed off its new logo dubbed Twin Peaks.
SCorpio-N A Truly Global Car
Scorpio can truly lay claim to being a global car. Its design sketching came from famed Italian house Pininfarina along with the Mahindra India Design Studio. And input from the Mahindra North America Technical Centre, the new
“We are happy to unveil the all-new Scorpio-N in South Africa and India,” Mahindra & Mahindra International Operations boss Sachin Arolkar owned up. “Our new brand identity is in tune with Mahindra’s focus to be the makers of sophisticated and authentic SUVs. “This is a strategic shift across our SUV portfolio.
“We are putting the building blocks in place for a new world of SUVs,” Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta added. “Including South Africa in the global reveal of the Scorpio-N is a clear sign of our commitment. “This country as our second home outside of India. “Now we look forward to introducing our next-generation models here.”
All new XUV700
The XUV700 arrives in South Africa with a host of futuristic technologies designed to make it stand out. XUV700 is powerd by a new 147 kW 380 Nm 2 litre mSTALLION GDi turbo-petrol. Or a a brand-new 136 kW 450 Nm 2.2 litre CRDe turbodiesel mHAWK engine. It is front or all-wheel driven through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Featuring modern technology at every touchpoint in a “sci-fi tech” cockpit. It has several innovative features including a new Superscreen. That combines two 10.25” screens into one immersive display of vehicle and entertainment information.
A new Global NCAP flag XUV700 has a unique tubular high-tensile steel ring structure. For greatest structural integrity and a full five-star adult safety rating. Its list of safety features includeFront Collision Warning, Driver Drowsiness Detection, up to 7 airbags and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Bigger, Bolder, More Powerful Scorpio-N
Bigger, bolder, more powerful, sophisticated, and laden with safety and technology. The Scorpio-N nomenclature raises the game to the power of N. Powered by Mahindra’s 150 kW 380 Nm TGDi mStallion Petrol and 130 kW 400 Nm mHawk turbodiesel engine. It comes in both 6-speed Manual and Automatic Transmissions, 4X4 is an option.
An optimised latest generation body-on-frame structure gets penta-link rear suspension. It has a segment-first watts link mechanism to enhance ride and handling attributes. 4XPLOR intelligent terrain management technology electric shift-on-the-fly 4Wheel Drive System has three drive modes to match the driver’s mood,
Zip is for smooth riding especially through traffic. Zap is for true Mahindra SUV performance. Zoom amps it up for a more engaging and exhilarating ride-quality.
New logo more than just visual change
“Our new look Mahindra brand with its formidable product range enables customers to explore South Africa in a most adventurous way,” Arolkar promises. “No matter if its city roads or the gravel backroads of the Karoo. Our new identity will be phased in across our SUV and lifestyle bakkies and wherever our customers interact with us.
“Our new logo is more than just a visual change.” It heralds a new growth phase for Mahindra in South Africa,” Gupta concluded. “In the coming months customers will see a complete rejuvenation of our approach. “And several exciting new additions to our range of authentic SUVs and lifestyle bakkies.” Bring it on! – Colin Windell