The change of ruling party in the Indian government might also bring about a change in the vehicle of the most powerful person in India right now. The new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his personal particular preferences, and has reportedly expressed his preference for the trusted convoy of the special armored Mahindra Scorpios that he used in his campaigning days.
According to a senior leader, who is closely associated with Mr. Modi said that Modiji had used armored Scorpio vehicles during his campaigns all over the country and also used the trusted convoy as the chief minister of Gujarat as well. He trusts the vehicle so much that he wishes to retain the vehicles at his office at 7 Race Course Road as well. His wish however, is subject to approval from the Special Protection Group (SPG) that will ensure his security.
Ever since the year 2003, the Prime Minister of India has been endowed with an armored BMW 7 series guarded by a convoy of other armored BMWX5 SUV vehicles that are manned by the SPG, the security group in-charge for all high designation administrators in India. Earlier, the now so unassuming Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador did the duty for the most powerful people in India, but the SPG took it on itself to strengthen the security in the light of heightened threats. This ensured the German luxury car BMW to become the new symbol of VVIP convoys. The reinforced BMW vehicles are preferred any other heads of states across the world. The current Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee is driven around an armored Mercedes S Class, another highly accomplished luxury car.
However, Narendra Modi prefers the Indian Mahindra Scorpio and likes high seating position that offers him a superior view of the road ahead. He is also prefers to sit next to the driver and not at the back.
The armored BMW 7 series is a highly sophisticated powerful vehicle that can withstand terror attacks. Though the exact specifications and security equipped in the car are not disclosed, the custom-made armored vehicle uses smart lightweight and sturdy materials that cater to the highest safety requirements and yet little weight.
Some of the features of this highly safe vehicle include capabilities to run on flat tyres, attack alarm, self-sealing fuel tank, an intercom system to communicate with the outside world; it can withstand attacks from hand grenades, pistols or rifle fires including and even latest chemical weapons. The vehicle is also equipped with an emergency oxygen cylinder.
Mahindra and Mahindra is the country’s largest supplier of special armored vehicles. The company said that it is capable of converting the Scorpios as per SPG’s requirements. It added that the special vehicles would be delivered within 12-14 weeks after SPG’s approval.
Mahindra’s ED and president of automotive & farm equipment divisions, Dr. Pawan Goenka said that if Mr Modi chooses to continue with the armored Scorpios, then it will be a matter of pride and honor for the company.