Monday is the day of spy shots and for today we have 2 hot spy shots send by 2 different readers, another will be published later today. Here is a latest sighting of the Mahindra Scorpio facelift from Nashik, we thank our regular reader Mr. Prashant Hyalij for snapping the test-mule. However, this latest spy shots of the Scorpio makes us believe that the SUV is almost production ready, because the earlier snapped prototype had ill-fitted body panels from its siblings.
Although the thick black camouflage and Zebra like sticker of this mule prevents us from having a look at the car’s design line. The picture shows front profile of the Scorpio facelift very clearly, so we can have a rough idea of the general proportions of the SUV. The front is now dominated by a much chunkier grille, and the SUV gets the tough muscular look with sharper design, the headlamps looks like that of its cousin Ssangyong Korando and hood scoop gets sleeker and wider compared to the current model. Also note a bump in the center console and the redesigned large wing mirrors.
The much awaited Mahindra Scorpio facelift is expected to be showcased at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo at Noida in February-2014, and as per the test driver the bookings will start soon after the event. The changes on the upcoming new Scorpio are purely cosmetic with revised front grille, new headlights, slightly revised hood, redesigned front bumper, and an updated rear to spice up the overall look of the vehicle. There were no details of interior makeover but it would be a likely possibility that Mahindra will be redoing the interiors of the Scorpio facelift to give it a completely different appeal.
Mechanical details of the Scorpio facelift remain unavailable at this point in time. However, keeping with the nature of the facelift, engines and transmissions could be retained without any changes. The three engine options include 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel engine that now produces 120 BHP with 290 Nm, a 2.5-litre m2DiCR turbo diesel motor that churns out 75 BHP with 220 Nm, and a 2.6-litre turbo diesel engine that spits-out 115 BHP and 277 Nm respectively. Similar transmissions with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox, along with the 4-Wheel-Drive option.
Just a recap for those who are not in the loop – the Scorpio facelift is supposed to be Mahindra’s update to hide its wrinkles and to face the existing market with features, styling and technology. This will be the third major facelift, and one last facelift of the current Mahindra Scorpio that has been for almost 11 years now. The majority of changes for the Scorpio would be reserved for the next-generation model which is slated to launch sometime in 2017-18.
Also see – Upcoming SUVs in 2014 for India