Mahindra gets power boost
19 July 2011 | The Citizen
Mahindra today announced that its increasingly popular range of Mahindra Scorpio bakkies has been given a useful power increase with the adoption of the four-cylinder 2,2-litre mHawk CRDe engine for all models across the range.
The mHawk engine was previously only available in the two automatic Scorpio SUVs on offer.
The mHawk intercooled turbo diesel engine uses a second generation Bosch common rail fuel injection system with a Borg Warner variable geometry turbocharger while the cylinder head has four valves per cylinder for better gas flow. A two-stage chain drive to the camshaft with hydraulic valve clearance adjustment significantly reduces noise levels.
This engine is also lighter than the power unit which was previously incorporated in the Scorpio.
This advanced technology, developed in conjunction with global powertrain specialists AVL of Austria, contributes not only to more power and torque, but also makes the engine more fuel efficient with lower emission levels.
It complies with Euro III emissions regulations and develops 87kW of power and 270Nm of torque over a wide band of engine speeds between 1600 and 2800 r/min. Another benefit of the mHawk CRDe engine is that it is much quieter than its predecessor.
The mHawk engine has been tested in the harshest conditions, including the Idiada test track near Barcelona, in Spain, and the Sierra Nevada proving ground in the United States. Winter trials were undertaken at St. Moritz in Switzerland and Leh in India, which is at an altitude of 3 000 metres.
Previously, the manual transmission diesel Mahindra Scorpio bakkies were powered by the NEF 2,5-litre turbo diesel that produced 74kW of power and 258Nm of torque.
The introduction of these engines to the Scorpio bakkie range is in line with Mahindra South Africa’s policy of vehicle improvement and enhancing its service offerings in line with customer feedback.
“What we are doing is building on Mahindra’s excellent global reputation for reliability and durability by adapting the vehicles sold in South Africa to suit the requirements of our growing band of customers, while extending the dealer network to ensure high levels of after-sales service. And the best news is that we have kept the very competitive pricing despite all these additional benefits,” said Mahindra SA CEO Ashok Thakur.
“The decision to standardise the mHawk CDRe engine for all Scorpio bakkie models in South Africa follows two earlier customer benefits announced for Scorpio customers.
The first benefit was a company-backed 3-year/60 000km service plan which was part of the retail price, while the second was the introduction of a mechanical locking rear differential manufactured by Eaton which was incorporated in all the Pik-Up models.
Standard four-wheel drive locks only one front and one rear wheel in slippery conditions, while the mechanical locking rear differential provides equal power to both rear wheels for far better traction.
“The Scorpio’s strong value proposition lies in its versatility and its ability to morph and mould itself according to the changing template of customer needs. We are delighted to offer these enhancements to our customers in South Africa which is a very strategic part of our global roadmap,” said Dr. Pawan Goenka, President – AFS (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sector) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
The Scorpio one-ton bakkie range is offered locally in single- and double-cab derivatives, with a choice of four- or two-wheel drive, and use a five-speed manual transmission.
The 4x4 derivatives have a low range Borg Warner transfer box offering low range for dealing with extreme off-road conditions. Four-wheel drive is put into operation on the fly with the twist of a switch.
The current Scorpio range is equipped with dual airbags and anti-lock braking (ABS) as standard. The Pik-Up boasts one of the largest loadboxes in the one-ton market segment and has double wall construction for durability.
Warranties & Service Intervals
The Mahindra Scorpio range has a 3-year / 100 000 km warranty, 10 000 km service and oil change intervals.
Recommended Retail Prices:
Scorpio Pik-Up 4x2 single cab R174 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 4x4 single cab R209 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 4x2 double cab R219 900
Scorpio Pik-Up 4x4 double cab R251 100
About Mahindra SA
Mahindra SA is a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra of India, which was established in 1945. The company is a fully-fledged organisation operating in South Africa, leveraging on the strength of its Indian roots and 65 year history.
The company has dealers in all nine provinces of South Africa, which are fully-fledged facilities that handle sales, service and spare parts. With over 30 dealerships in cities and in towns across South Africa, Mahindra has a growing national footprint that is moving ever deeper into communities as it continues in its drive to offer value-for-money products and services to customers.
The company has also expanded into other sub-Saharan countries and currently exports vehicles to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia. Mahindra SA is also well represented on the agricultural front with a range of tractors currently available in the country.
Mahindra SA has achieved significant growth in the country since its establishment in October 2004, and since then, the company has sold about 11 000 vehicles.
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