Mahindra & Mahindra will be launching the face-lifted Scorpio on 25 September. The bookings for the SUV started on the 18th of this month with a booking amount of Rs-20,000/-. The company has also tied up with snapdeal.com to enable customers to book the car online. The face-lifted Scorpio will be available in five trims – S2, S4, S6, S8 and S10. The SUV will be offered in 7, 8, and 9-seater configurations.
I have now come across two pictures of the face-lifted Scorpio completely showing the exterior and am not at all pleased. The front end gets a chrome strip atop its tooth-like grille and I can’t help saying that the headlight design reminds me of a Dodge Charger (which is not at all bad). The headlights with LED DRLs on top and the hood vent succeed in portraying the face of the SUV as muscular. The side profile remains relatively unchanged with beefed up wheel arches adding to the macho impression. Until now I don’t have any complaints with the design, but come to the rear section and it’s just gaudy. Wonder what the designer were thinking while penning that posterior. The Christmas-tree-like tail light reflectors have been replaced with; wait for it…..handles! Yes, handles. Why would anyone do that? My intellect is unable to comprehend this facet of the design. Moving on; the tail lights get LEDs and are similar in outline to the previous generation apart from the blue colouring in the center, which is again tacky and unnecessary. The black finish on the tailgate doesn’t help things either.
The engine will be the same tried and tested 2.2litre mHawk unit coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission that has been reworked to provide improved fuel efficiency.
Feature and interior-wise, this SUV is expected to be much better than the current version and that should help sales come its way. But I am sure that the exterior will put-off many buyers. This car is anyway more of a stop-gap replacement before the 2015 Scorpio makes its debut next year. The face-lifted variant though is expected to be dearer by around Rs-20 to 25,000/-.
Read our previous article on the face-lifted Mahindra Scorpio here.