Mahindra has launched the new generation of its popular Scorpio SUV. The car has been priced between Rs-7.98 lakh to Rs-11.46 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The SUV is available in six trims – S2, S4, S6, S6+, S8 and S10.
The exterior has been extensively revised to make the aging Scorpio more relevant to the times. The front is where majority of the cosmetic change has taken place. The tooth like front grille now has chrome slats and a black finish along-with the redesigned headlamps which get projector units. The eyebrow style DRLs receive an LED treatment. The reworked air intake and front bumpers give the Scorpio its muscular looks as do the prominent wheel arches. The side profile remains the same with the exception of 17-inch alloy wheels (15-inch steel rims on the S2). The rear sees revisions in the form of new black finish tail light design with LEDs. Mahindra has done away with the extended reflectors – a defining aspect of the previous generation – and replaced them with grab handles for easier entry/exit for the rear passengers. The tail gate now has a significant portion finished in black with the section around the number plate receiving a contrasting silver coating.
The interiors get vastly improved and now have a more premium and upmarket feel to them with better fit and finish. The dashboard gets a cleaner and more sorted layout. It features a dual theme of black and light grey; with the seats also featuring two-shade blue and grey upholstery. The steering wheel – for the first time in the Scorpio – gets mounted controls. Chrome inserts make their presence felt on the AC vents. A 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system is offered in the high-end trims. The redesigned instrument cluster with jewel effect looks neat and displays all the information at a comfortable and easy to read angle. The blue back light illumination greatly improves the overall aesthetics of the cabin.
The Scorpio remains the same at its heart. The previous choice of two diesel engines namely –the 2.5litre m2DiCr and the more powerful 2.2litre, turbo-charged, mHawk will be offered. The 2.5litre unit (produces 75bhp) is available only with the base S2 variant, while the rest of the lineup gets the 2.2litre mHawk oil-burner having maximum power output of 118bhp. The transmission is a newly developed 5-speed manual. The 4WD shift-on-the-fly system is optional on the S4 and S10 variants.
The chassis is 2kgs lighter and is almost cent percent stiffer, this coupled with a wider track and improved suspension betters the dynamism of the SUV. Mahindra claims that the turning radius has been reduced to 5.4metres to the current generations 5.6metres. Features carried over from the previous generation include rain sensing wipers, parking sensor, start-stop technology and tyre pressure monitor. A new panic brake indication function has been brought in along-with safety feature such as ABS and dual airbags.
The updated Scorpio is available in two new colours Molten Red and Regal Blue in addition to the ones already on offer. With the competitive pricing that Mahindra has launched the Scorpio at; we expect this popular car to gain even more traction in the highly competitive Indian SUV market.
Below is the complete price list of the Scorpio range (ex-Mumbai).
Mahindra Scorpio S2 – INR 7.98 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S4 – INR 8.60 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S6 – INR 9.77 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S8 – INR 10.84 lakh
Mahindra Scorpio S10 – INR 11.46 lakh