Mahindra is readying the next-generation Scorpio, which is stated for launch in early-2020, as per reports. The Scorpio, currently in its 4th-generation has seen many minor and major cosmetic changes over the years and the 5th-generation of the model is on the horizon. Code-named ‘Z101’, the new SUV could also spawn a pickup-truck like the existing ones, which will be sold in North American and African markets.
The company is expected to give the Scorpio an upgraded ladder-frame platform, which will be lighter compared to its predecessor. It will be designed at Mahindra’s technical centre in North America, while engineering and testing will be take place at the R&D centre in Mahindra Research Valley, located in Chennai. The Z101 Scorpio is expected to carry forward the muscular look and rugged DNA into the 5th-generation model.
As far as the engine is concerned, the new Scorpio 2020 could sport both diesel and petrol 4-cyl engines paired to manual as well as automatic transmissions. A 4WD system with multiple terrain modes could be available as an option for the next-gen Scorpio, and could also spawn an electric variant with technology from the Mahindra Electric division.
For the time being, Mahindra is readying a mid-cycle facelift of the Scorpio which is expected to be launched late this-year. There are chances of the 2017 Scorpio facelift getting a mechanical update in the form of 2.2-litre mHawk 140 turbodiesel motor from the XUV500 that produces an extra 20 BHP. It will bring along the more refined 6-speed Aisin AT gearbox adapted for its longitudinal engine layout.
The Scorpio has made a name for itself over the years due to its macho looks, and the next-generation model is expected to carry the legacy forward. Who knows, this could once again revive Mahindra’s fortunes since it once did 15 years ago.
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Source: ET Auto