Karthick Annamalai checks out the changes in Mahindra’s bestselling SUV – the Scorpio
Mahindra has once again face-lifted its workhorse – Scorpio to give fresh life to the SUV. For Mahindra, the response to their new launches in the SUV space - KUV100 and TUV300 have been moderate. It’s the Scorpio and Bolero that continue to set the cash registers ringing at Mahindra Dealerships across the country. It’s therefore natural for Mahindra to refresh their trusted models amidst the growing competition. We dig out the finer details of new facelifted Scorpio here.
Design and features:
Mahindra has retained the overall silhouette of Scorpio. Some parts of the body however have been refined - a new grille, new fog lamps, skid plate and tweaked projectors make it more attractive. The new grille with seven pod like structure adopted from the Imperio pick-up gives the Scorpio a more upmarket profile. The new fog lamps get cornering and the ORVM gets integrated turn indicators. The rear profile has been worked on too. The chunky cladding and angular lines are gone and it gets simple design with tail lamps that get red lenses instead of transparent ones.
Get into the cabin, and you will be welcomed with new faux-leather upholstery embellished with a dark blue weave pattern. The gear lever and steering wheel also get the faux leather treatment. A new dynamic parking camera which helps predict the vehicle trajectory while parking is a welcome addition. This comes in handy when you park a big mammoth vehicle like Scorpio. The new Scorpio also gets a couple of utility spaces and power windows with a delayed operation feature.
Engine and drivability:
For the new Scorpio, the biggest change is under its hood. The 2200cc mHawk engine gets a new Borg Warner turbocharger which helps in sprucing up the power and torque figures. The new Scorpio now offers 140PS produced at 3750rpm now as opposed to 120PS produced at 4000rpm earlier. Peak torque produced stands at 320Nm, offered from just 1500rpm as compared to the 280Nm produced 1800rpm onwards earlier. It is only the S7 and new top of the line variant S11 that get this mighty engine while other variants continue with their earlier set-up. Scorpio S7 and S11 also get a new 6 -speed gearbox instead of 5-speed one which feature in lower variants.
The new gearbox features a self-adjusting clutch that Mahindra claims will offer consistent feel without calling for more effort over extended usage. The rubbery feel with old gearbox is gone and it feels much better. However slotting into the reverse gear is an arduous task. The driveability has improved a lot, with ample torque available at lower speed, you can drive around the city in 3rd gear easily. With 20bhp more power available, hitting the three digit figure with the new Scorpio is easier. It much quicker than before.
The new-tuned 140hp, 2.2-litre engine variants are priced between Rs12.99 lakhs to Rs16.01 lakhs making it more expensive than comparable Tata Safari Storme variants. The pricing is very closer to Mahindra’s own XUV500 too. However, for Scorpio’s loyal fans, the extra cost is worth their money. The new Scorpio feels a lot more energetic and sprightlier to drive. With no credible alternatives around, this old school SUV will continue to rule the roads like before.