5 Features Missing In The Tata Safari That The Scorpio-N Offers | V3Cars
Mahindra recently launched one of the most awaited cars of 2022, the new-gen Scorpio N. The Scorpio-N competes with other 7-seater SUVs in the D1 and D2 segments. One of the Scorpio-N’s chief rival is the Tata Safari.
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1. Rear-wheel Drive & 4-wheel Drive
The Mahindra Scorpio-N continues the legacy of the outgoing Scorpio as it gets a rear-wheel drive setup as standard. Additionally, all but the base variant of the Scorpio-N gets the option of 4-wheel drive too. The Scorpio-N 4-wheel drive variants also get a low range mode, which helps enhance its off-road prowess. In comparison, the new Safari has switched to an economical front-wheel-drive setup. This restricts the Safari from venturing off the road.
2. Body-on-Frame Construction
The rear-wheel-drive setup is not the only thing the Scorpio-N retains. The Scorpio-N also continues with the traditional ladder frame platform. In fact, it is the only SUV in its segment (size-wise) to get a body-on-frame construction. Even the new Safari is based on a monocoque chassis. While the monocoque construction improves the Safari’s highway manners, it robs the Safari of the high seating position and off-road prowess of its predecessor.
3. Locking Differentials
The Scorpio-N gets locking differentials. It gets MLD (mechanical locking differential) and BLD (brake locking differential), which are also present in the Thar. Locking differentials are very crucial to off-roaders. Locking differential locks both wheels on an axle and makes them rotate at the same RPM. This way, a wheel in the air rotating freely and another wheel stuck can rotate at the same RPM. Eventually, the stuck wheel should be able to overcome the obstacle as now the power is delivered to it as well. This feature helps the Scorpio-N be even better off the road. The Safari, on the other hand, just gets some off-road modes which alter the traction control system.
4. Petrol Engine
The Mahindra Scorpio-N comes with the segment’s most powerful petrol engine. On the other hand, the Safari does not get a petrol engine at all. The Scorpio-N comes with a 2.0L turbo-petrol engine producing 203PS of power and 380Nm of torque. Additionally, the Scorpio also gets a diesel engine. Meanwhile, the Safari only relies on a diesel engine as of now. A petrol engine not only decreases the starting price of the car but also makes for a great pick for urban and Delhi-NCR buyers. Rumours suggest that Tata Motors are working on a new 1.5L turbo-petrol engine for the Safari.
5. Side-Opening Tailgate
The Scorpio-N also retains the side-opening tailgate from its predecessor. While it is not very practical, it adds to the off-road SUV personality of the Scorpio-N. We have seen side-opening tailgates on other hardcore off-roaders, such as the Mahindra Thar, Force Gurkha, Jeep Wrnagler, Land Rover Defender, etc. On the other hand, the Safari gets a conventional, hatch-type tailgate.
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Mahindra have launched the Scorpio-N at an introductory price of Rs. 11.99 lakh. The top diesel manual variant costs Rs. 19.50 lakh (ex-showroom). Mahindra will reveal the prices of the Scorpio-N automatic variants and 4-wheel drive variants on July 21. These prices are valid only for the first 25,000 bookings. Bookings for the Scorpio-N will open on July 30.