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Shortcomings of the Scorpio-N 4x4, as shared by an off-roading veteran

Rear stock tyres rub inside the wheel well. Multiple other places where snow chains would foul. Linkages to wheel distance is in mm at places.

BHPian .anshuman recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I cannot believe Mahindra chose to completely ignore some basic things while making a proper 4x4 SUV.

The engine/gearbox calibration, the traction control + MLD + terrain modes calibration is excellent. Mahindra has done excellent job with the suspension with longer travel up front, alloy linkages, FSD damping (although both the damping rates are too soft, still nice) and all.

But they completely chose to ignore/ did a poor job with the ground clearance, underbody protection, choice of odd tyre size (stock tyres rub, no space for snow chains, linkages running very close to wheel), space in wheel wells, front bumper design(after all those Thar Radiator placement issues owners have been crying about, thankfully I do have Arka plates), rear departure angle especially placement of DEF tank couldn't have been worse.

It's like multiple different teams working out of sync. Same for the front 2/3rd (both outside & inside) of the car is well thought out and well designed, rear 1/3rd part is designed as if they were running out of time or some other less competent team was given the job.

Rear stock tyres rub inside the wheel well. Multiple other places where snow chains would foul. Linkages to wheel distance is in mm at places.

That's the entire first aid kit. A better quality band aid would have worked better, this is just to comply with legal norms, human lives don't matter in our country.

On the under body, only good things are nicely designed footsteps, that wont get damaged and are still useful and the flat under body. GC is low, all angles scream that and in real life its worse. Under body protection? What's that? DEF tank placement is as bad and low as it can be.

No snow chains please. HT tyre won't grip anyways. Not a single choice in all terrain tyres available in this size, forget good quality AT tyres. 265/60/18 is next common size, you have have to change rims(negative offset types), both tyres and rims change will void warranty.

Day 1, coolant leaked and car started to overheat.

Went on a flatbed.

With our benchmark SUV's Endeavour has always been prone to get stuck due to GC issues, mostly ramp breakover. Look how low the Scorpio bumper is in comparison.

Scorpio N performs well off-road but has to be precision driven under close supervision else keep a flatbed on standby ready.

In the end, would I recommend Scorpio N for off-road use?

Yes, if you looking for a touring 4x4 SUV kind of use (minus the snow use).

Would I recommend Scorpio N for slightly more serious/recreational off-road/ touring use where you love to explore?

No.

If you are planning to buy a 2wd, get an XUV700, it's way better.

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