A few days ago a short video of water entering the cabin of a Mahindra Scorpio-N became viral on the Internet. Many alleged that the vehicle was parked under the waterfall for a long time. A new video by the owner of the car shows what exactly happened.
According to the video, it was a waterfall that they have been to in the past. They took the Mahindra Scorpio-N to park under the waterfall. However, the video shows that within seconds, the water started leaking through the sunroof and it ran through the roof-mounted speaker grille.
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To show that the sunroof was closed and the car was actually leaking, he took the phone inside the car and took the car back under the waterfall to see the same result. They figured out that the seal of the sunroof gave away and water started rushing inside the vehicle through the channels on the roof.
The failed seal also caused the water to enter the cabin through the speaker grille. The new video shows that the vehicle was not parked under the water for more than a few seconds.
Soon after the water entered the vehicle, the electronics stopped working properly. The sunroof stopped working and it got stuck midway. Also, the infotainment system stopped working but then it started working after a few minutes. Water intrusion in the cabin can cause electrical short circuits and this is what happened to the Mahindra Scorpio-N too.
Rubber seals can break
Rubber seals can break due to high pressure and cause such problems. Sunroofs can be problematic in many cases and require more attention too. In the past, we have seen many different vehicles with sunroofs and even panoramic roofs going under the waterfall and coming back safely without any problem.
It is possible that the rubber sealant of this particular Mahindra Scorpio-N gave away under the high pressure of water. Other units of the same model may not recreate the same problem. However, there have been a few quality issues reported by the owners of the new Mahindra Scorpio-N and it can be because of the cost-cutting measures. We cannot comment without an official statement on the same. Till now, Mahindra has not replied to the incident.
Indian climate conditions are not suitable for sunroofs
The harsh Indian weather conditions are not meant for cars with sunroofs. Sunroofs used to be a feature of luxury cars only a few years ago. Now, many affordable vehicles in India offer sunroofs. While the sunroof looks great and increases the aesthetic value of the vehicle, they are a great way to let the fresh air in.
Keeping the windows open at high speed can cause the air to directly hit your eyes, which may cause problems. The sunroof is designed to recycle the air without much wind disturbance. However, most people use the opening to stand out from the vehicle. This is extremely dangerous, especially for children.
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