2022 Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Tata Safari: Most popular Indian SUVs compared

SUV enthusiasts across the country are waiting in anticipation for the launch of the all-new Mahindra Scorpio ’N’ on June 27. Once out, Tata Motor’s flagship Safari will be one of the main contenders against the Scorpio N. Although the XUV700 is a direct rival to the Safari, the Scorpio N too will have three-rows of seats and similar dimensions, thereby making it a competitor for many buyers. Here is a comparison between the two full-size SUVs based on what we know about the Scorpio N till now and what the present Tata Safari offers to buyers.

Mahindra Scorpio N vs Tata Safari

Mahindra Scorpio N vs Tata Safari

The Tata Safari currently comes with the company’s Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged Diesel BS6 engine that produces 170 PS of power and 35 Nm of torque. The 4-cylinder diesel comes mated to a manual or automatic transmission returning 16.4 kmpl and 14.08 kmpl respectively.
On the other hand, the new Mahindra Scorpio N will most likely feature Mahindra’s 2.0-litre turbocharged Petrol and 2.2 litre turbocharged Diesel engines that are currently doing duty in the Thar and XUV700. However, it is likely that the engine will have a different state of tune from the other two SUVs. Both manual and automatic transmissions are also expected to make it to the Scorpio N as well. The latest Mahindra SUV is also anticipated to get a 4×4 All-Wheel-Drive system that the Safari misses out on.

Scorpio 'N' official image

Scorpio ‘N’ official image

While both the Scorpio N and Safari will have the big SUV charm the Safari will always be an extension to Tata Motor’s Harrier model that shares the styling and platform with its full-size counterpart. However, based on official images, the Scorpio N is a completely new design with flared shoulder arches, brand new front and rear design and bigger dimensions. Speculations that the current-gen Scorpio will continue its life as the ‘Scorpio Classic’ further establishes the fact that the new model is based on a completely new platform.

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In terms of features and interiors, both SUVs are likely to compete against each other neck and neck. While the Safari has a dual-colour interior featuring a mix of blacks and whites, based on official images released by Mahindra, the Scorpio N too will feature a dual-tone interior but instead of white it will be a mix of brown and black.
The Safari has a hybrid instrument cluster with a large digital display alongside an analogue speedometer. In the centre, it features an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 9-speaker, 320W JBL sound system. On the other hand, official images show that the Scorpio N’s instrument cluster will also feature a digital MID display, located between an analogue tachometer and speedometer. The infotainment touchscreen is also likely to be around 8-inch in size and the SUV will feature a Sony sound system similar to the 12-speaker set-up that we have seen in the outgoing XUV700.

Scorpio N to feature sunroof

Scorpio N to feature sunroof

The new Scorpio N can be clearly seen sporting a traditional sunroof in the official images. This is where it will fall behind the Tata Safari as the top variant features a panoramic sunroof.
In terms of safety, the Safari is loaded with a long list of features. It comes with an advanced ESP system that Tata claims to have 14 added functionalities. Electronic Parking Brake, Auto Hold and six airbags are also on board to keep passengers safe. The Safari also features hill hold and hill descent function and disc brakes on all four wheels.
The Scorpio N too is expected to have competitive features against the Tata Safari if the XUV700’s arsenal is anything to go by. While no word is out wether it will boast of ADAS features like its siblings. Reports have speculated that the new Scorpio N will get Frequency Selective Dampers for better drive plus roll-over mitigation and dynamic control for better handling of the SUV.

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The Tata Safari currently retails between Rs 15.25 lakh and 23.46 lakh ex-showroom (pan-India). At this price bracket, it also competes against a couple of variants of the XUV700. Being a segment below the XUV700, it remains to be seen the kind of pricing that Mahindra will keep for the all-new Scorpio N. That said, the battle between both of these popular Indian SUVs is going to be interesting to witness.

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