Mahindra has launched the new gen Scorpio in India and we have driven it. Yes, we have already spent a good time along the new Scorpio and now we are ready to give a brief to our readers who have been eagerly waiting to know what differentiates this new gen Scorpio from the previous generation. Here,we discuss all the changes in detail
At very first glance, the changes are quite evident, the modern face gives a new identity to this SUV. Despite sharing its body dimensions and design with the previous gen, the new SUV still feels fresh when seen from the front. Unlike before, the square shaped headlights are now replaced with dual projector lights which along with the day time running LED eyebrow lights makes it look aggressive and stylish.
The chrome slats in the front grille are now replaced with smaller, sharper, vertical slats which also adds to the dynamic character of the car and goes well with the re-worked front bumper. Sideways, it's pretty much the same apart from new 17 inch alloy wheels.
The boxy shape continues at the back however few changes such as new LED tail lights along with grab handles mounted on the D-pillar adds some fresh visual appeal to this car. Mahindra has also garnished the rear gate with dual tone, black and silver color which doesn't gel well with the overall design. In short, rear looks are quite subjective.
The moment you open the wide gates, you meet a completely new Scorpio. Gone are the round shaped and dull colored interiors and now you get new horizontal design layout for its dashboard and bright dual tone interiors. Mahindra has also placed new seats in Scorpio which are much more comfortable than before and offers more space as well.
You will notice new central console, instrument cluster with Multifunction display, new gear lever, switches and new six-inch infotainment system and steering wheel which are already doing duty in XUV 500. In the top variant, this touchscreen system comes with GPS, intellipark, voice command system, tyre pressure monitor and steering mounted audio controls.
You will also see addition of new premium features such as cruise control, automatic climate control and in-terms of safety features, you get dual front airbags and ABS. Mahindra has also adopted a new nomenclature to name the variants of Scorpio which are now known as S2, S4, S6/Plus, S8 and S10.
On the move?
Mahindra has made significant changes in this department and that's where it scores out more than before. The engine line-up though remains unchanged but Mahindra has mated its diesel engines with their new and upgraded five-speed manual gearbox and now there is no option of automatic transmission as well. Only the base variant comes equipped with the 75bhp, 2.5L CRDe diesel engine while rest of the line up features 2.2L mHAWK turbo diesel engine which has a power and torque output of 120bhp and 280Nm respectively.
Mahindra has also incorporated a new and lighter chassis and suspension set-up in this Scorpio which brings out remarkably better results in terms of ride, handling quality and performance of this new car.
Unlike before, the new car can be one of the most easy to handle cars in its class. Despite its giant presence, the agility on road is really commendable. With the help of softer suspension, the ride quality at slow speeds has also improved. The anti roll bar at the back now allows you to take quick turns, frequent lane shifting at high speeds and sharp cornering.
The new Scorpio is available with an optional 4X4 Shift on fly system which is available in two variants out of which one is an entry level, S4 variant which is expected to attract hardcore off road lovers.
To sum up?
The pricing for the new Scorpio starts from INR 8.40lakhs and goes till INR 13.05 lakhs for its 4X4 S10 variant (all prices,ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Scorpio is expensive from the outgoing model and at this price, the prime target of new Scorpio is Renault Duster which is now also available with 4WD option.
The new Scorpio has improved in those areas which demanded the most changes. New aggressive front, premium interiors, added features, improved ride quality and an affordable 4X4 variant. These are some of the reasons which makes this Scorpio better than before and will only add to the brand value of this hugely popular SUV.