A Detailed Look at all Mahindra Cars Available in the Market right now: (part 1)
1. Mahindra Alturas Gr
This is the flagship and latest offering by Mahindra. It was launched in November 2018 and as soon as it got in the hands of journalists, they had quite a few positive thoughts about it. It has a body-on-frame configuration, obviously. Its based on the Korean car Ssangyong Rexton (fourth generation)
Alturas being a CKD unit, may have parts costing more than the other locally produced cars of it’s segment like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endevour. For now, it has only two variants:
Mahindra Alturas G4 G2: 2WD; AT (₹26,95,000)
Mahindra Alturas G4 G4: 4WD; AT (₹29,95,000)
It comes with a turbodiesel 2.2-litre inline-4 producing 178 bhp and 420 Nm. It has disc brakes all over and pretty premium interiors. The automatic transmission in the car is borrowed from Mercedes-Benz hence you won’t get paddle shifters here. Talking about the dimensions, its bigger than the Fortuner, Kodiaq and CR-V but almost equal to Endevour. The car is generally comfortable but the ride quality isn’t as good as it could’ve been and not very off-road like either. The steering feedback is another problem as it doesn’t feel as active as it should’ve been. Talking about the price, its placed really attractively when comparing to the others of it’s likes. The seats are good but the third row is of no use considering the thigh support is totally inexistent there.
Conclusion: VFM alternative to other mid-size SUVs with good specs with ride quality being somewhat compromised. The parts may be a problem because it’s a CKD unit.
Upshift Score= 8/10
2. Mahindra Scorpio
Originally launched back in 2002, Scorpio is one big reason for Mahindra’s success. It gained traction in the market at the very start and still maintains it, after 16 years of being in production with one major change in 2014 which gave it much more modern looks and a lot of technical updates.
A bit of history involves that Scorpio has been sold in various Western European countries like Spain. As of 2018, it has 13 variants with the top ones being:
Mahindra Scorpio S3 2WD: MT; 2WD (₹10,09,000)
Mahindra Scorpio S11 2WD: MT; 2WD (₹15,22,000)
Mahindra Scorpio S11 4WD: MT; 4WD (₹16,46,000)
It comes with two engine options, the 2.5-litre being available only in the S3 variant and producing a measly 75 bhp and 200 Nm. Moreover, this variant gets a 5-speed MT and much less features unlike the higher variants which get the 2.2-litre and a 6-speed MT. This mHawk inline-4 engine produces 140 bhp and 320 Nm. Front discs and rear drums are available throughout all variants. S3 gets steel 215 / 75 R15 wheels while the higher variants get alloy 235 / 65 R17 wheels. Notable features include- 2 airbags, TMPS, ABS, EBD, Reverse Camera with Guidance, Trip Meter, Average Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, etc.
Conclusion: Excellent performance, especially at low and mid rpm. Bad ride quality and below average built quality and kinda aged. Not very spacious either, but good features, 3-star safety rating in NCAP, excellent performance, too much body role and somewhat low steering feedback. All over a VFM.
Upshift Score= 6.5/10
3. Mahindra Marazzo
Launched in September 2018, this is the first of it’s kind offering from Mahindra. At the launch, the only competitor was the outdated first-generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga but it got it’s real competition at the end of November when the rival got a major update with the second-generation
available with either 7 seat or 8 seats and available in 7 variants:
Mahindra Marazzo M2 7 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹9,99,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M2 8 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹10,04,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M4 7 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹10,95,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M4 8 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹11,00,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M6 7 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹12,40,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M6 8 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹12,45,000)
Mahindra Marazzo M8 7 STR: Diesel; Manual (₹13,90,000)
The only engine available in this new offering by Mahindra is the 1.5-litre turbodiesel producing an output of 121 bhp and 300 Nm. The mileage throughout the range is 17.6 km/l. As of 2018, nothing other than a 6-speed manual transmission is available while some sources say that an automatic option wouldn’t be available before 2020. The quality isn’t excellent but above average, at least far better than Mahindra standards. Average features but one unusual quirk of this car is the body-onframe configuration unlike any other car in it’s competition including the sibling, XUV 500 which is a monocoque car. Of course, the body-on-frame brings a lot of body roll and bouncy ride for the rear passengers but all over, the car is really comfortable and the large dimensions help it’s cause. The ride quality is very good, although somewhat compromised for the rear passengers. Excellent features, although a few more could’ve been expected. Talking about performance, the simple word to describe would be sluggish thanks to it’s heave weight (1,680 kg) which also makes it’s handling below average, but that is the expectation from an M.U.V. so its one thing to be let slid.
Conclusion: One great effort from Mahindra and a tough competitor to both Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta as it grabs both of their potential buyers thanks to it’s quirks and competitive pricing. Good ride quality and really great comfort compromised through performance. However, the absence of an automatic variant maybe a problem to some. Upshift Score: 7.5/10