Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari comparison – Old-time rivalry rekindled

An old rivalry rekindled? With the launch of the new Scorpio-N, is Mahindra ready to do what it did 20 years ago when the Scorpio was launched? We find out.

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The new Mahindra Scorpio-N has finally made its world debut after numerous speculations and keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The unveiling of the latest Mahindra Scorpio-N not only has fans excited to finally see the vehicle in flesh but also rekindles an old rivalry between two iconic names in the Indian automotive industry — Scorpio vs Safari.

Since the Scorpio’s market debut in 2002, it immediately rivalled the Tata Safari, as these were the only two ‘modern’ SUVs in the Indian market at the time that offered luxury compared to the Qualis and the Bolero. However, the Mahindra Scorpio was priced much lower (Rs 5.99 lakh ex-showroom) compared to the Tata Safari’s hefty price tag (Rs 8.30 lakh ex-showroom).

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Now, with the launch of the new Scorpio-N, Mahindra’s back on the offence. Let’s take a closer look at the new Mandira Scorpio-N vs the Tata Safari’s design, dimensions, features, engine specifications, and more.

Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari pricing

The Tata Safari is already on sale, priced at Rs 15.24 lakh onwards (ex-showroom, Delhi). Mahindra, however, has announced prices for the manual transmission versions alone. Bookings will open July 30 onwards, while test drives for the new Scorpio-N will begin starting July 5 in select cities. Also, Mahindra is looking at starting deliveries of the new Scorpio-N from this festive season.

VariantsPetrol MTDiesel MT
Z2Rs 11.99 lakhRs 12.49 lakh
Z4Rs 13.49 lakhRs 13.99 lakh
Z6Rs 14.99 lakh
Z8Rs 16.99 lakhRs 17.49 lakh
Z8LRs 18.99 lakhRs 19.49 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio-N petrol and diesel MT introductory prices (ex-showroom)

New Scorpio-N vs Safari – Design and dimension

The new Mahindra Scorpio-N has grown in dimensions and is based on a new ladder-frame chassis. It retains its upright stance and a high-set bonnet which made the Scorpio popular with its high stance. The new Scorpio-N features Mahindra’s new grille and logo, a style trickled down from the XUV700. Overall, the new Scorpio-N looks butch and muscular.

Speaking about the Tata Safari, the SUV is based on Land Rover D8 Omega-Arc or the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture platform, and similar to the new Scorpio-N, has seen a radical design change over the older-gen Safari. The platform is shared by the Tata Harrier as well, and the overall design is similar, with DRLs taking the traditional headlight spot. The Tata Safari features a sleeker look compared to the Scorpio, however, the large front fascia matches the Scorpio-N in terms of muscle when it comes to design.

DimensionsMahindra Scorpio-NTata Safari
Length4,662 mm4,661 mm
Width1,917 mm1,894 mm
Height1,857 mm1,786 mm
Wheelbase2,750 mm2741 mm
Weight2,510 kg2,400 kg

The new Mahindra Scorpio-N is wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase compared to the Tata Safari, giving occupants better headroom, shoulder room, and leg room.

Exterior and interior features – 2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari

The new Mahindra Scorpio-N features projector headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, rounded wheel arches and large wheel wells to accommodate slightly uprated tyres, roof rails, and a lot of chrome accents.

Inside, the new touchscreen infotainment system with AdrenoX connectivity and a Sony 3D surround sound system takes centre stage. The SUV gets an electric sunroof, a digital instrument console, leather-finished seats, steering, and gear lever, automatic climate control, dual-tone finish, silver accents on the dash, steering-mounted controls, and much more.

The Tata Safari gets LED headlamps and tail lights, cornering lights, electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch wheels, and roof rails.

Inside, the list of features is quite similar, but the biggest difference is the driving position, as the Scorpio offers a high, upright position, while the Safari’s is a bit relaxed. The list of features includes an electric sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch floating infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and connected car tech, a dual-tone finish, a 9-speaker JBL system, and more.

New Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari engine specifications

Mahindra offers petrol and diesel power trains with the new Scorpio-N. This is further divided into two diesel engine options and one petrol unit. On the Tata Safari, there is a standard diesel offering.

SpecificationsScorpio-N PetrolScorpio-N DieselTata Safari
Displacement2.0 L2.2 L2.0 L
Power200 bhp130 bhp/172 bhp168 bhp
Torque380 Nm300 Nm/370 Nm350 Nm
GearboxMT/ATMT/ATMT/AT

Both vehicles offer drive modes, however, the new Safari takes it a notch higher with a 4X4 system. This may not look like much for city dwellers, but a much-welcomed feature amongst enthusiasts.

Safety on the Scorpio-N vs Safari

Mahindra and Tata offer the new Scorpio-N and the Safari with 6 airbags, ABS, Hill-descent control, hill start assist, EBD, a tyre pressure monitoring system, ISOFIX child seat anchors, reverse parking camera and sensors, and more.

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