Mahindra is promoting the all-new Scorpio-N as the ‘big daddy’ among all the SUVs. The Scorpio-N has all the similarly-priced compact and midsize SUVs in its crosshairs, but with the ‘big daddy’ claim, Mahindra is also eyeing pricier midsize and full-size SUVs. And when it comes to full-size SUVs, there is no other SUV as popular as the mighty Toyota Fortuner in India.
While the pricing of the new Mahindra Scorpio-N is almost half of that of the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra is not shying from comparing it with the pricier SUV from Toyota. During the launch event of Scorpio-N, Mahindra showed a slide, in which it compared the top-spec Scorpio-N Z8 L diesel-manual rear-wheel-drive variant with the diesel-manual rear-wheel-drive version of the Toyota Fortuner.
Compared to the Toyota Fortuner variant taken here for comparison, which is priced at Rs 34.29 lakh, the Mahindra Scorpio-N Z8 L diesel-manual rear-wheel-drive variant is available for Rs 19.49 lakh. This pricing makes it available at almost half the price of the Fortuner. Mahindra claims that the Scorpio-N offers a D-segment SUV experience at an almost 45 per cent lower price as compared to the latter.
Mahindra officially compared the vehicles
In its slide, Mahindra compared the diesel engine specifications and features of the Scorpio-N with those of the Toyota Fortuner. The Scorpio-N Z8 L diesel-manual rear-wheel-drive variant gets a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 175 PS of power and 370 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Toyota Fortuner wins the comparison here with its bigger 2.7-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. This engine is much more powerful with its maximum power and torque outputs rated 204 PS and 500 Nm respectively.
When it comes to features, both SUVs have their fair share of advantages over each other. Both the SUVs get front, side and curtain airbags, downhill assist, reverse camera, powered driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected car tech, push start-stop button and dual-zone automatic climate control. Apart from these features, the Fortuner also gets a driver knee airbag, auto-dimming inside rear view mirror, ventilated front seats, powered co-drivers seat and powered tailgate.
On the other hand, the Mahindra Scorpio-N also has additional features which are absent in the Fortuner. The list of such features includes a front camera, SOS switch, driver drowsiness detection, option of captain seats in the middle row, 7-inch TFT MID in the instrument console, and more premium 12-speaker 3D surround sound system from Sony, single-pane sunroof and Alexa ‘what3words’ compatibility.
While these details were given by Mahindra during the official event, we dig further into more details while comparing both the Mahindra Scorpio-N and Toyota Fortuner. While the Fortuner is 133mm longer than the Scorpio-N, the latter is 62mm wider and 22mm taller. Despite its lesser length, the Scorpio-N has a 5mm longer wheelbase in comparison. All these details mean that the Scorpio-N has better cabin space, though it has a lower boot space with the third row of seats up.