- Scorpio N scored 29.25 out of 34 for adult occupant protection
- Receives 28.94 points out of 48 for child occupant protection
- Mahindra SUV performed well under side impact tests
Mahindra Scorpio N: adult occupant crash test rating
Mahindra’s SUV scored 29.25 points out of a total of 34 in adult occupant protection tests, resulting in a 5-star rating. Testers rated the protection offered by the Mahindra Scorpio-N to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck as good. However, protection for the driver’s and passenger’s chest is shown as marginal.
As per the new testing procedure, in the side impact test with a deformable barrier, the Scorpio-N showed good protection to the occupants with a score of 16 points out of a possible 17. The Mahindra SUV received an ‘OK’ rating for the side pole impact tests, however, the chest region of the occupants got a ‘weak’ rating.
GNCAP also mentioned that the bodyshell and the footwell area of the Scorpio-N were stable and capable of withstanding further loadings.
Mahindra Scorpio N: child occupant crash test rating
The Scorpio-N scored 28.93 points out of 49 in the child occupant protection tests, earning a 3-star rating. This includes 4.93 points out of 12 for the CRS (child restraint system) installation and the maximum dynamic score of 24.
GNCAP tested the Scorpio-N with dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child, both seated facing rearward. They were placed in the car using i-size anchorages and a support leg, and both helped in preventing head exposure in a frontal crash. The CRS also offered full protection in a side impact.
The testers also noted that the SUV has ISOFIX mounting points in the outer rear seats in the second row.
New GNCAP testing protocols
Under the new Global NCAP protocols, a vehicle is given a 5-star rating only if it secures the required scores while also conforming to the ESC, pedestrian protection, pole side impact and seat belt reminder requirements of GNCAP.
It also becomes a bit difficult to compare vehicles tested under the old protocols with vehicles tested under the new ones, as the entire process has been overhauled. A star rating under the old protocols is reflective of performance in a front crash test, however, a star rating under the new protocols is reflective of more rounded protection that takes into account side impact as well as active safety like ESC, which helps prevent an accident in the first place.
Mahindra Scorpio N: pricing and other details
Launched earlier this year, the Mahindra Scorpio-N is priced between Rs 11.99 lakh and Rs 21.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is offered in Z2, Z4, Z6, Z8 and Z8L trims and can be had with either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 203hp and up to 380Nm or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 175hp and up to 400Nm of torque. Both are mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Only certain diesel variants are offered with a four-wheel-drive system.