Mahindra Scorpio N Becomes First Ladder-Frame SUV to Get 5-Star GNCAP Rating

Mahindra Scorpio N has become the first ladder-frame (body-on-frame) SUV to secure a 5-star Global NCAP safety rating based on the new crash test protocols which came into effect from 1st July 2022.

With this, the Scorpio-N becomes Mahindra’s third SUV after the XUV700 and XUV300 to secure a 5-star rating. Mahindra’s other body-on-frame vehicles Thar and Marazzo have received a 4-star rating in 2020 and 2018 respectively.

The SUV scored 29.25 points out of a total of 34 in adult occupant protection tests, resulting in a 5-star rating. 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. GNCAP also mentioned that the body-shell and the foot-well area of the Scorpio-N were stable and capable of withstanding further loading.

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. Commenting on this recognition, Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said:

“Global NCAP congratulates Mahindra on its continuing commitment to safety, achieving five stars for adult occupant protection under our new, more demanding crash test 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.

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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.

Launched earlier this year, the Mahindra Scorpio-N is priced between INR 11.99 lac and INR 21.65 lac. It is offered with either a 2.0L turbo-petrol engine producing 203hp of power and 380Nm of torque, or a 2.2L turbo-diesel engine producing 175hp and 400Nm. Both engines are paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox with certain diesel variants offered with a 4-wheel-drive system.

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