Two biggies, one nation and the desire to own it, fail to fade. With the facelifted version of Toyota Innova launched last month, the fight to triumph the other has just begun. On one side we have the Japanese samurai Toyota Innova 2012 and the other side we have macho Mahindra Scorpio with unmatched sales figures depicting the strong hold of this brawny machine on the Indian car enthusiasts. Let’s do a quick comparison of both these market leaders with exteriors, interiors, engine, mileage and price as basis and only diesel variants will be considered.
The all new Toyota Innova 2012 now gets more refreshing front fascia having trapezoidal chromed grill along with Toyota’s emblem in the center looks appealing. Positioned downwards, headlamps appear similar to one in cars sedans. Side profile however reminds you that it’s an MPV. Turn indicators on ORVMs are also offered on high end variants. Rear end is blessed with new tail lamps having chrome garnish to add a premium touch to the vehicle.
Its Indian counterpart, Mahindra Scorpio boasts of all muscular hunky looks with trademark Mahindra grill and typical crossover headlamps. The high tucked bumper and large wheel arches enhance the ruggedness of this massive machine. LED Christmas tree tail lamps do a fine job sitting at rear. Wheels, though, feel an aftermarket thought but nonetheless occupy the prescribed space well.
Luxurious and comfortable, the Innova cabin was never a complaint factor and in the new one, it just goes more opulent. Interiors of the elegant Innova are unmatched with its competitors having premium plastics in beige shade, dual tone cabin, MID (Multi Information Display), Optitron Combimeter with illumination control, etc embrace the vehicle with dignity.
The headturner is gifted with comfortable interiors which are spacious and neatly finished to add to the glory of the Scorpio. Interiors are another aspect for which the buyers go for in Scorpio apart from its high performance. The seductive Scorpio is bestowed with superior quality of material along with good fit and finish which is a rare with Mahindra vehicles. In cabin it features 4-spoke steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, darkness sensing lights, parking sensors, 4-speaker audio system, driver information system and many more.
Engine, Specifications & Performance:-
The all new Toyota Innova 2012 is endowed with a 2.5-litre common rail diesel engine offering 102 PS of maximum power at 3600 rpm and ultimate torque of 200 Nm at 1400-3400rpm. Five speed manual transmission is linked to with this engine. It cruises from 0-100 kmph in mere 17.4 seconds with a top speed of 149 kmph.
Whereas, the majestic Mahindra Scorpio is equipped with newly incorporated 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine which produces top power of 121 bhp along with generating ultimate torque of 290 Nm. A 5 speed gearbox is mated to this engine. The SUV zips from 0-100 kmph in just 15.6 seconds with a top speed of 156 kmph.
The terrific new Toyota Innova embraces AC, AC vents for 2nd and 3rd row, Heater, Tilt Steering Column, Cigarette Lighter, Glove box, Tripmeter, Power Door Lock, Tachometer, Keyless Entry, Audio, MID & Bluetooth controls on steering and Speakers (4 & 6 nos). Microphone, Amplifier, Rear Camera with Display, Sunvisor, Power Steering, Front Map Lamp (with Overhead Storage Console), Power Windows (with Driver side Auto Down) and Wooden Panel are available in some of the higher variants.
On the contrary, aggressive Mahindra Scorpio features power windows, remote boot opener, remote fuel filler, adjustable steering wheel, manually adjustable driver seat, tinted glass and foldable rear seats. Also, 4-spoke steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, darkness sensing lights, parking sensors, 4-speaker audio system and driver information system find their way inside the cabin of the Scorpio.
Tempting Toyota Innova 2012 returns with impressive overall figures of 10.2 – 13.5 kmpl while its Indian counterpart, Mahindra Scorpio offers a decent overall fuel efficiency of 10.5 -15.5 kmpl.
Revamped Innova MPV is tagged in the price tag of Rs 8.62 lakh – Rs 13.19 lakh (Only diesel variants) while swashbuckling Scorpio is up for grabs within a price range of Rs 7.31 lakh – Rs 12.30 lakh. These prices are ex-showroom New Delhi.
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