How do you go fast? By shedding weight, or by adding horsepower. Tata Motors doesn’t want to hit the gym, but it wants to beat Mahindra. So, how does Tata manage? By adding horsepower. Tata SUVs are beating Mahindra SUVs comprehensively in the horsepower wars. Here’s how it’s all panning out.

Tata Safari DICOR vs Mahindra Scorpio M2DiCR

Tata Safari 3.0 DICOR

The Safari DICOR is an oldie as far as 7 seat, ladder frame SUVs go. Yet, this SUV has always been a step ahead of the Mahindra Scorpio. Comparing the DICOR to the Scorpio M2DiCR, it’s clear than the Safari holds the advantage. With its 2.2 liter DICOR turbo diesel engine putting out 140 Bhp-320 Nm, the vehicle is much quicker than the Mahindra Scorpio’s base variant, which incidentally is a hot seller. The Scorpio’s M2DiCR turbo diesel engine displaces 2.5 liters but makes only 75 Bhp-220 Nm.  Also see – Tata’s Auto Expo line up

Mahindra Scorpio

Tata Safari Storme vs Mahindra Scorpio mHawk

Tata Safari Storme

The Safari Storme is now sold with the 2.2 liter Varicor turbo diesel engine in 2 states of tune, 148 Bhp-320 Nm, and 154 Bhp-400 Nm. The Storme gets 2 gearbox options too, with the 320 Nm version featuring a 5 speed unit while the 400 Nm unit gets a 6 speeder. The Mahindra Scorpio on the other hand has the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine in a single state of tune, putting out 120 Bhp-280 Nm. Clearly, the Storme is ahead of the Scorpio in the horsepower wars. Now, Tata will have to figure out a way to convert this win into sales. Also see – How the Storme 400 beats the Scorpio/XUV/Fortuner

Scorpio Diesel

Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500

Tata Hexa Tuff 1

The Tata Hexa is fresh off the show floor and will soon be launched in India. It’ll be Tata’s flagship vehicle and is expected to take on the Mahindra XUV500. In terms of hardware, the Hexa seems to have the XUV500 covered. Compared to the XUV’s 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine and the 140 Bhp-330 Nm outputs, the Hexa’s 2.2 liter Varicor diesel will make 154 Bhp-400 Nm. Whether this advantage on paper will translate into the Hexa being faster than the XUV is something that only a road test can tell. Also see – Mahindra’s Auto Expo line up

Mahindra XUV500

Tata Nexon vs Mahindra TUV300

Tata Nexon 1

The Tata Nexon is a big surprise, as far as horsepower is concerned. The upcoming Tata sub-4 meter crossover, which will count the Mahindra TUV300 as its prime rival, will use an all-new 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine. This motor is good for 108 Bhp-260 Nm, makiing the Nexon the most powerful sub-4 meter compact SUV in India. What this also means is, it is more powerful than the TV300, whose 1.5 liter-3 cylinder motor makes 84 Bhp-230 Nm. The Nexon will be launched by the end of this year. Also see – Mahindra TUV300 Driven

Mahindra TUV300


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