The new Mahindra Scorpio was one of the most awaited launches of last year as it was something that SUV lovers were looking forward to for a long time. You see the Scorpio was getting a bit long in tooth and needed a refresh especially with presence of newer competition. What you see here is the new Scorpio which brings in a raft of changes. While you can read our review elsewhere, we will list top five things about the new SUV which makes it better than ever before.
Mahindra has played safe by not altering the basic design and shape of this popular SUV for all good reasons. It still looks muscular and macho but more importantly the new version looks new and marks an appealing impression at once especially when seen from front. The new set of projector headlamps with LED eyebrows, new bumper, front grille and air-dam gives it a complete new identity. The front grille slats are now being replaced with small fin-sharp tiny blades which gives it the aggressive look along with new bonnet scoop. Move to the side and changes are only limited to the newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
Rest of the body shape and parts are quite familiar. Styling is a bit subjective though at the back. The black-end pillar and LED taillights look smart but the black tape type finishing around the number plate may not appeal to all. However overall, Mahindra has correctly kept the popular shape intact but with modern style infused in. For sheer presence nothing at this price matches it.
2. Interior Styling
Step inside and surely the new Scorpio feels completely different from its predecessor. The new dual tone interior treatment looks new and adds fresh feel inside. Mahindra has replaced the front seats, dashboard, gear console, instrument console and has re-positioned the power window switches from central console to driver's side.
The fit and finish and the quality of materials used inside has moved equally forward from the previous version. The seats offer ample amount of under-thigh and back support with commanding view outside. The Scorpio continues to come with 7, 8 and 9 seater arrangements.
3. Engine and Gearbox
The new Scorpio retains its both 2.5L crdi engine and 2.2L mHAWK diesel engine from the previous model but with a new five-speed gearbox seen previously in the updated Xylo. The 2.5L engine has a power and torque output of 75bhp@3200rpm and 200Nm which starts coming from 1400rpm. The popular 2.2mHAWK engine churns out a peak power of 120bhp@4000rpm with an utmost torque output of 280Nm ranging between 1800-2800rpm. The engine is quite responsive and offers readily available torque which makes it a good on and off-road vehicle plus the new gearbox offers decent shift quality. The fuel efficiency that we got is around 13 kmpl overall.
4. Chassis and Suspension
This surely could be one of the biggest reasons to go for the new Scorpio. The new Scorpio is built on a new, lighter and stiffer modular chassis which makes the new car a complete new creature if compared to the previous version. It is not only the chassis, the lighter springs, suspension set-up, wider track and anti roll bar at the back also play a significant role to improve the ride quality of the car. The ride is less bouncy on high-speeds and there is less body-roll around corners. The current set-up gives you comfortable low speed ride and becomes enough stiff when it catches up the pace.
5. Trims and Features
The new Scorpio is available in seven basic variants with a choice of five different colors. The variants are S2, S4, S4+, S6, S6+, S8 and S10 with S2 priced at INR 8.40 lakhs while the S10 with optional 4WD will cost you around 13.05 lakhs. For all off road enthusiasts, the S4 variant is also available with an optional 4WD making Scorpio the most affordable 4WD SUV in its segment. This 4WD S4 version is priced at INR 10.11 lakhs (all prices, Ex-showroom, Delhi).
The S2 variant comes standard with A.C power steering, power windows, central locking and 15-inch wheels. It is the top variants which now offer more value for money than before as the S10 variant comes equipped with feature such as projector headlamps, 6-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, GPS and voice assist system.
Other features include cruise control, chrome finishing inside, automatic lights and wipers, Automatic climate control, remote locking, follow me home headlamps, individual arm-rests at front, reverse parking sensors, speed alert, ABS and Dual front airbags.
Words- Nitesh Sharma Photography- Rajeev Bhendwal