The Mahindra brand is fat growing beyond India. Now, it plans to launch the next-generation Scorpio and XUV700 in South Africa.
Mahindra and Mahindra is one of the oldest Indian companies with many popular cars in its lineup. The company’s lineup includes the likes of Bolero, Scorpio, Thar, and XUV700. It is also working on several hybrids and fully electric models. While the company is still struggling to meet the huge demand for its vehicles in India, it is expanding to foreign markets. Mahindra is all set to launch the next-generation Scorpio and XUV700 in South Africa. Let’s take a closer look at the details.
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Mahindra’s South African subsidiary has been doing pretty well. It has sold a total of 3306 units in the first quarter of 2022. The brand has grown by 37.4% in the last financial year. The locally assembled Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up is very popular in the South African market. Even the KUV100 and XUV300 have done quite well. Hence, the company seems confident to bring larger SUV products to the country. The Mahindra South Africa has confirmed that the next-generation Scorpio and XUV700 will reach Soth Africa first.
“Over the past 18 years, we have worked hard to lay a solid foundation in South Africa. This included selecting, investing in, and training the right network of dealers and making sure our products meet the high standards of South African customers and local conditions,” said Rajesh Gupta, CEO, Mahindra South Africa. “While Mahindra has grown significantly since establishing an office in South Africa in 2004, we have really picked up momentum in the last five years. And despite the Covid-related disruptions and nagging stock shortages, we have outpaced the overall vehicle market ever since,” he added.
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Currently, the Mahindra XUV700 comes in two broad trims: MX and AX (AdrenoX with AX3, AX5, and AX7 variants. You can choose from a 5 and 7-seater configuration. Also, the car comes in both Petrol and Diesel engine options. The mid-size SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit that offers a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. The Diesel engine outputs 155 PS/ 360 Nm in the lower version and 185 PS/ 420 Nm (450 Nm in the automatic variant) in the top model. Both the petrol and diesel engine variants come with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission choices. An optional AWD is available as well with the AX7 AT.
The Mahindra XUV700 boasts more than 60 new connected car features. You get climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, Smart Door Handles, a 360-degree camera, and a 3D Sound System with 12 speakers. On the inside, the top-end variant features a more premium finish with better materials. Safety features on the SUV include up to seven airbags, an electronic parking brake, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (emergency autonomous braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control). The base model only gets two airbags.
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On the other hand, the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio is expected to feature a completely new exterior design and overhauled interiors. It is expected to be powered by a 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine that offers 130hp/ a 2.0-liter mStallion petrol engine that offers 140hp. For the transmission option, the SUV will include a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic unit. Additional features will include an 8.0-inch infotainment system, a 4-speaker audio system, a semi-digital instrument cluster, a Head-Up Display (HUD), an adjustable flat-bottom steering wheel, dual airbags, a 360-degree camera, reverse camera, cruise control, and AWD (all-wheel drive) system.
The current version comes in five trims: S3+, S5, S7, S9, and S11. The nine-seater car is powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine that offers 120PS/ 280Nm or 140PS/ 319Nm. While the base variant gets a 5-speed MT, other variants are paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The popular car comes with features like cruise control, auto AC, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and AUX connectivity, and auto headlights with LED DRLs. Safety features include dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS, and speed alert.