The Mahindra Scorpio is an SUV which has been around for more than a decade now and it was time for a proper upgrade, an upgrade which is not just skin deep, and it’s not just us, but even the boffins at Mahindra realized this quite sometime ago and started working on the all-new Scorpio. The Mahindra Scorpio facelift has been spotted multiple times while undergoing camouflaged testing, across many locations in the country.
The Scorpio facelift test mules have been spotted down south in regions like Tamil Nadu and Mangalore, and they have also been spotted testing in the rugged regions of the Himalayas, which shows that Mahindra is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the Scorpio facelift is as rugged as the Mahindra SUV’s of yore. Mahindra took all these steps in order to ensure it really is ready to be launched, which is now expected to take place before the Indian festive season. Mahindra is all-set to launch the Scorpio facelift sometime in October-2014, which will help them make the maximum by gaining more orders because of the festive season.
The Scorpio facelift will be rugged and utilitarian on the outside, but on the inside, it will be luxurious and plush. It will come with all-new interiors which has been borrowed from its sibling, the XUV 500. The steering wheel has been taken directly from the XUV 500 and most of the interior design too has been heavily inspired by the interiors in the XUV 500. The power window switches have been moved to the door panels compared to the centre console on the outgoing model.
The instrument cluster is much better to look at, with an MID, it also gets a new touch screen infotainment system and automatic climate control system. The air conditioning is a split type and the rear passengers now get their own air-con vents. The overall quality of plastic and fabric used in the car too is much better than that in the outgoing model.
On the outside, the Scorpio facelift gets an all new front fascia with a redesigned grille, redesigned front bumper and redesigned headlamp cluster, featuring LED daytime running lamps. The rear profile of the car has also been changed and now sports redesigned tail-lamps. The side profile sports new graphics, but the profile basically is the same, a closer look reveals chrome inserts and new alloy wheels.
As we earlier suggested, the upgrade is not just skin deep, but there are a few mechanical changes as well. Quite a few people have complained that the ride quality is quite choppy in the Scorpio at high speeds, and Mahindra will be addressing this issue in the Scorpio facelift by upgrading the suspension which will provide better ride quality and better high speed stability.
The Scorpio facelift will be powered by the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine doing duty in the current Scorpio. Earlier reports had suggested that the Scorpio facelift will get a power upgrade on the lines of the XUV 500, but now it seems as if the Scorpio facelift will be putting out the same 120 PS and 320 NM. The base variant too will still come with the 2.5-litre m2Dicr engine. The transmission options too will remain the same with the choice between the 5-speed manual gearbox and the 6-speed automatic.
As per the folks at Autocar Professional, the production of the outgoing Scorpio has been discontinued and the publication reveal Mahindra has been producing 100 numbers of the new Scorpio (codenamed W105) every day since 1st August 2014. Furthermore, the sources say the company wants to build an inventory of 5,000 units before its official launch. This is largely because Mahindra suffered shortage in supply of XUV500 when it was launched three years ago, given the popularity of the Scorpio, the company wants to ensure that it does not face any supply shortage again.
With the Scorpio facelift coming-out this festive season, it looks as though Mahindra will continue their domination in the entry-level full size SUV segment for a few more years.
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Source – Autocar Professional