Latest On Mahindra Scorpio

June 5, 2017: Mahindra has discontinued the automatic variants of the Scorpio. The 2WD and 4WD variants of the top-end S10 trim were earlier available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Mahindra introduced its Scorpio SUV with Intelli-Hybrid technology for the Delhi/NCR market. Mated to a 1.99-litre mHAWK diesel motor, Mahindra claims that the hybrid technology helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 7 per cent. Another incentive of carrying hybrid technology comes in the form of a concessional VAT (value added tax) of 5 per cent for customers in Delhi/NCR. This concession translates to savings of Rs 60,000 to Rs 90,000, depending on the variant purchased.

Mahindra Scorpio Variants

Mahindra Scorpio Highlights

Mahindra has updated its old workhorse Scorpio and launched its facelifted edition in the price range of Rs 9.29-16.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Available in S3, S5, S7, and S11 variants, the new Mahindra Scorpio can be had in three different engine options – a 2.5-liter putting out 75PS/200Nm mated to 5-speed manual transmission, a 2.2-liter delivering 119PS/280Nm through a 5-speed manual, and a 2.2-liter making 140PS/320Nm featuring a 6-speed manual gearbox. In term of exterior and interior changes, Mahindra has carried out nip and tuck job to improve looks of the new Scorpio. Upfront the grille has undergone change while the alternations on the side and at the rear are subtle at best. Inside the cabin, improved quality and premium features up the desirability quotient of new Scorpio. 2017 Mahindra Scorpio is up against the likes of Tata Safari Storme, Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, and its own cousin Bolero among others.

Mahindra Scorpio Exterior and Interior

Going by the looks of the refreshed Scorpio, it seems like Mahindra hasn’t put enough effort into giving it a fresher fascia. Sure, there are a few cosmetic updates but one really needs to be a car geek to spot them. The seven-slot front grille seems like it has been taken off of a Jeep Compass! The redesigned front bumper houses bigger fog lamps with chrome surrounds and is accompanied by a redesigned skid plate too. On the side, the ORVMs get integrated turn indicators and the refreshed Scorpio also gets newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels. The design of the air extractors for third row windows have been tweaked as well. The plastic cladding around the rear number plate has been ditched and the tail lamps now get a red-lens treatment. All in all, we won’t blame you for mistaking the updated Scorpio for its predecessor.

The Scorpio’s interior was never high on practicality or quality. With the facelift, Mahindra has tried to add a dash of both. The seven-seater’s all-fabric upholstery has been replaced by faux-leather for the seats, steering wheel and the gear lever. The darker dual-tone theme, however, seems a bit dull. On the practicality front, Mahindra has bolted a sunglasses holder on the roof and added bigger cubbyholes for your knick-knacks, including a holder for your smartphone. The feature-list has been updated with a reverse camera (featuring dynamic assist), one-touch lane change indicators and auto window roll-up. Basic safety features like ABS and dual airbags are still missing in the base variant, which is a bit of a letdown when you consider its price.

Mahindra Scorpio Specifications

This is where Mahindra has played its Joker. In essence, the updated SUV can be had with two diesel engines – the 2.5-litre m2DICR and the 2.2-litre mHAWK. The former unit is reserved only for the entry-level variant and produces 75PS/200Nm. Yes, that’s not impressive at all. However, the smaller engine is available in two states of tune – 120PS/280Nm and 140PS/320Nm. The higher tune comes with a new 6-speed manual transmission, while other units continue to be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. The micro hybrid technology and the low-range 4×4 system continue to be the Scorpio’s standout features. It still doesn’t get an automatic transmission. However, Mahindra is expected to equip the Scorpio with the torque converter from the XUV500. Mahindra hasn’t officially revealed the mileage figures of the updated Scorpio. Are they worse than before? Well, only a comprehensive road test can answer that question.

Mahindra Scorpio Variants

This time around, Mahindra has simplified the variant list. Only six remain now – S3, S5, S7, S7 (140PS), S11, S11 4×4. Don’t ask us what happened to the S9. Probably the fear of a smaller suffix after the ‘S’ would have created the wrong impression with those who knew that its predecessor had an S10 variant. The S3 is the only variant that comes with m2DICR engine and should be ignored. Less than a hundred horses to power a 2.5-tonne SUV is just cruel. Moreover, with its black bumpers, black cladding and exposed steel wheels, it screams out that you are a cheapskate. The 120PS/280Nm mHAWK powerplant is available in the S5 and the S7 variants. However, the latter is also available with the 140PS/320Nm tune. It goes without saying that the range-topper, the S11, comes with the most powerful engine.

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