I am not sure if you remember, but back in 2002, when the Mahinda Scorpio was first showcased, it carried the tagline ‘Nothing Else Will Do’ because back in 2002, there honestly was nothing that could do what the Scorpio did. It had the charisma and the macho personality that everybody loved. Well, you did have pricy options to choose from and options that were really outdated and old school. But there was something about the Scorpio that really attracted the masses. I mean, even today, people adore this SUV, and it still has a niche market in India for itself.

Let us fast forward to the current year, 2022. Compared to two decades ago, the Indian automotive market has exploded, and now we have many SUVs in India. So it was evident that the Scorpio had to grow up, and Mahindra had to put on the big boy pants on the Scorpio, and that is, the all-new 2022 Mahindra Scorpio N. Now, you must have heard all the hype around the Scorpio N since it had its spy shots and leaked images circulating the web ever so often! So today, we are planning to lay the hype to rest and see how capable the Mahindra Scorpio N is by today’s standards and will it still charm the Scorpio fanboys while also capturing the Indian market.

2022 Mahindra Scorpio N-Exteriors 

Talking about the exterior design of the Mahindra Scorpio N, it does carry its pleasant bold macho personality from the previous generation while also modernizing the exteriors. Mahindra states that nothing apart from the Scorpio nametag is taken from the older generation. It becomes pretty evident when you look at the Scorpio N. Although I noticed that the design of the twin-barrel LED projector headlights resemble the older generation. It seems like the designers are subtly paying homage to the older Scorpio.

Moreover, speaking about the exterior design in general, you have this imposing chrome grille in the front, and more importantly, the designers at Mahindra have added a nice little quirk in the fog light housing wherein the DRLs are shaped like a scorpion’s tail. Overall, talking about the exterior design, I like that Mahindra has retained its masculine personality and the budge on the bonnet with the bonnet accentuates the design. Moving onto the side profile of the Scorpio N, I must admire the fact that with those 18-inch alloys, it does sit pretty high, offering excellent ground clearance while retaining its towering looks. Again the chrome trim on the c-pillar is designed to resemble the scorpion’s tail since this is called the Scorpio N, after all. The rear of the Scorpio N isn’t something I really liked as it looks too plain, but still, Mahindra has added a few elements, such as a black panel between the tailgate and the rear window and the Scorpio N badging on the tailgate.

Interiors-2022 Mahindra Scorpio N

Step inside the Scorpio N, and you immediately notice how modern the interiors have gotten. Gone are the days when cheap plastics and inferior materials were used by Mahindra, as the Scorpio N certainly looks very upmarket on the inside. The brown leather seats offer outstanding comfort for all the passengers while looking the part. Kudos to Mahindra for sticking with buttons on the centre instead of going all digital like other vehicles. The shut lines are consistent, and the soft-touch inlay panels feel good to the touch. There are scratchy plastics on the narrow dashboard and the hard-to-reach door pockets, but nothing feels low-rent in the Scorpio. Furthermore, the wireless charging pad is wobbly, there is no panoramic sunroof, and wireless CarPlay – though advertised – is unavailable (it is missing to date even on the XUV700).

In terms of the tech on offer, higher variants come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that is quite responsive and easy to use. Furthermore, the 12-speaker Sony auto system is lifted from the XUV700, which offers excellent audio output. Move onto the second row of seats, and they are pretty comfortable but don’t have the option to move forward or back to increase the leg room of the third row of passengers. Speaking about the third row, space is pretty minimal on the last row. It is only suitable for small distances since, for some reason, Mahindra hasn’t even added a third AC vent for the last row of passengers making the entire rear feel really congested.

Driving Dynamics of the 2022 Mahindra Scorpio N

Here is something that you all have been wanting to know about the Scorpio N, and that is how it drives. Powering the Scorpio N I drove was a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel motor that produces around 170ps and 400Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox but is also available with a 6-speed manual. In its highest trim, you can also opt for a 4-wheel drive variant of the Mahindra Scorpio N. This ladder-on-frame SUV does feel extremely good to drive. Just like every other Mahindra, the engine feels really potent and has an ample lot of power even at lower RPMs. It makes cruising on the highway quite a breeze. While testing the Scorpio N, I went to some nice twisty roads to try the handling and body roll of the SUV, and I was pretty surprised by the improvement that the handling has on the N.

The engineers have improved the rigidity of the body and increased the stiffness to reduce body roll, and it is noticeable. The suspension set-up is also remapped to make the SUV feel more planted on the roads while also offering the off-roading capabilities it had before. The steering dynamics feel incredibly light, which makes it a boon in bumper-to-bumper city traffic, but on the highway, you would want the steering to stiffen up slightly to give you more confidence. Moving onto the braking force of the Scorpio N, Mahindra has added disc brakes on all four wheels, but the brakes felt spongy and didn’t feel urgent initially. It is only when you stepped harder on the brakes that you got feedback from the brakes allowing this SUV to stop. I must mention the NVH levels of the Scorpio N, as this blew me away. I was taken aback by the cabin’s quietness, and even the diesel engine rattle that we are so used to is toned down on the inside. The top-end models will get you six airbags, all-four disc brakes, ESC and multi-mode traction control.

2022 Mahindra Scorpio N-Verdict

After enjoying the Mahindra Scorpio N for an entire day, I feel that this should be one of your options while buying a new SUV in India. It not only has the brawn but also has the brains to keep most customers satisfied! Moreover, while the OG Scorpio fanboys might be slightly disappointed by the sophistication that the new Scorpio N offers, most people looking to buy their next SUV will really appreciate it.

If you are wondering if you must opt for the XUV700 over the Scorpio N, all I will say is that if you want something luxurious and sleek looking, go for the XUV700, but if you want something extraordinarily macho and sturdy, the Scorpio N should be your pick of the lot!

2022 Mahindra Scorpio N-Specifications

Engine: 2.2-litre mHawk CRDi
Power: 178bhp @3500rpm
Torque: 400Nm @1750-2750rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed automatic
Fuel Capacity: 57 Litres

Price: To be announced

For – Engine response, road presence
Against – Third row space, boot capacity