Every vehicle manufacturer gets its fame through one of its iconic products. In case of Mahindra it would without any doubt be the Scorpio. Launched in 2002, the Scorpio was an instant hit among the Indian audience regardless of the driving conditions. The SUV clearly demonstrated the capability of Indian manufacturer of making not just vehicle with good looks but also with good performance.
Ever since its launch the Scorpio has undergone various phases of evolution, and Mahindra by doing so made sure that the SUV was never considered absolute. There have been constant upgrades to match with market demands, and the changes were never limited to styling or just the luxury features, but instead included upgrading to a 2.0-litre Renault petrol and 2.6-litre turbo diesel engine. The current model of the Scorpio is housed with a smaller engine, which is the 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel motor. With the changes in the engine, Mahindra has also upgraded its transmission system and to further provide a hassle free drive Scorpio introduced an automatic version, for those who really like to challenge the terrain and love to go off-road in their Scorpio a 4WD is also made available. It’s this constant innovation and improvements that makes the Scorpio a best seller in its class beating models that have been introduced in recent years.
But as we say, when it come to improvements there is always room for more and that’s exactly what’s happening at the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) in Chennai. A 2014 Mahindra Scorpio is under works code name ‘W105’. Under this program the Scorpio is expected to address the issues it’s been criticised so far, like the lower power to weight ratio and the insufficient legroom in the middle row. A sub-part of the project is another project code name T026, under which Mahindra plans to shed off a whopping 260 kilograms from the SUV. A loss in weight will result in a better performance and a better fuel efficiency. Although the Scorpio will continue to have its original body-on-frame build with some modifications to meet the modern day requirement and will be stretched in length to make more space available in the middle row. Also the existing 2.2 mHawk engine will go under some tweaks to squeeze out some power from the motor.
Meanwhile, Rohin Nagrani a Senior Editor at BS Motoring has recently tweeted about the Next-gen Mahindra Scorpio (W105), as follows;
- The next-gen Scorpio could be unveiled within 12 to 18 months from now
- It will boast a wider presence, both at the front and rear
- To comprise of ample space and comfort by featuring better interiors
- To come loaded with exciting new features
- To be powered by more powerful mHawk engine
- To be based on modified platform of current Scorpio
- To adapt edgier styling cue with more drastic angles, sharpened headlamps and a falling roofline
It looks like the Scorpio will continue to be the main focus for Mahindra for the coming year and for years coming after that.
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