The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV.
Like we already mentioned above the test mule of the facelifted SUV was spotted a couple of times and from the spy shots of the test mule, it is quite clear that the facelifted SUV will get all the changes mostly towards its front and rear profile.
The front profile of the SUV will feature a restyled bumper which might get some bigger air inlets to make it look premium and slightly more aggressive. Apart from the new bumper expect the facelifted SUV also to get a slightly redesigned grille as well. Many reports are saying that Mahindra might redo the headlamps, but we firmly believe that the daytime running lamps styling won’t change much. Apart from these changes to the front profile, there won’t be any changes made to the side profile of the SUV. However, we do expect it to get a new set of alloy wheels to enhance its exterior styling. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the SUV will also get some styling updates as well which might come in the form of slightly redesigned taillamps and rear bumper.
More than the exteriors, it is the interiors that have the maximum refreshment in the Mahindra Scorpio. Not just the design, also the styling, shade and quality. The 4 spoke steering though looks bigger but is a bit smaller giving for more a car like feel. It now gets steering mounted controls and the downward flow of the silver strip looks great. The Hexagonal design of the speedometer and tachometer with the information display between the two looks futuristic. The A/C vents now get chrome rings to add to the bling. The entire dash is now split with darker shade of grey with a light shade.
There is a further a chrome Scorpio badging on he co-drivers side dash too. The centre console o f the Mahindra Scorpiois dark grey cladded and has a nice 7 inch touch screen which is just above the now fully automatic climate control. Now even the seats are dual tone with grey and blue. Both the driver and co-passengers side gets armrest. And these are small details that a very well appreciated.The 2nd row seats are flat but have more cushin now and come with better thigh support. The 3rd row as as usual opposite facing jump seats.
The space in the Mahindra Scorpio remains the same. . The front row seats are large and spacious. The second row are a tad tight on knee room but there is ample of head room. The third row is majorly for short distance travel. The Scorpio’s quality and fit and finish are much improved. The Mahindra Scorpio Intelli Hybrid with its evolved interiors is a good option to consider.The Mahindra Scorpio does come loaded with a lot of features, however most of the features are available from S8 and S10, and till S6, the bells and whistles are limited. The features on S10 include dual airbags, ABS, touch-screen music system with Bluetooth connectivity and Aux and USB connectivity, reverse parking sensor and satellite navigation system. Majority of the features like touch screen, navigation etc are available only in the top-of-the-line S10 variant. This variant also features indications by voice.
Mahindra Scorpio continues to draw power from the engines that were on offer with the previous generation Scorpio. The base variant S2 comes loaded with 2.5L, 4-cylinder, Turbocharged m2DICR engine which is good enough for a maximum power output of 75 bhp at 3200rpm and peak torque performance of 200Nm on tap between 1400rpm to 2200rpm. All the other variants in the Scorpio variant range in-house a 2.2L, 4-cylinder, Variable Geometry Turbocharger with Intercooler mHawk engine which rakes in a massive power of 120 bhp at 4000rpm with a top torque performance of 280Nm at 1800-2800rpm. The company has discontinued the traditional 5-speed gearbox and introduced an all-new 5MT320 gearbox for smooth gear shifting. This new 5-speed manual transmission is mated to all the variants of the Scorpio line-up. However, for the time being, there ain’t any automatic transmission on offer with the Scorpio but the company would certainly launch it later or sooner. Mahindra Scorpio is also on offer with an all-wheel-drive system with the S4 and S10 variants, albeit on order-to-made basis.
Mahindra has boosted the mileage significantly with the next generation Scorpio as it now delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 15.37kmpl as compared to the 11.2kmpl of previous generation SUV. Although, the SUV may not be able to return exact 15.37kmpl as claimed by the company but it won’t go down than 12kmpl, even in thick traffic of city driving. With an exceptional power of 120 bhp, the mileage of around 12-15kmpl is just like a red cherry on the cake.
It won’t be an understatement if the Scorpio facelift is being said the most technological advanced SUV amidst its domain with best ride quality and handling. The handling has witnessed a quantum leap due to the shortened turn radius of 5.4m as opposed to the previous model which had a rather large turning radius of 5.7m. The hydraulic power steering with collapsible steering column and tilt function is as effortless as one would see in a premium luxury SUV. Also, the all-new ladder frame chassis and cushion suspension technology have made a lot of difference in the riding department. The Double wishbone type, independent front coil spring as the front suspension while Multi-link coil spring with anti-roll bar at the rear takes care of the potholes and ensures a comfortable journey. The Scorpio was always a performer, whatsoever the terrain is and with the new iteration, it gets better and better with its impeccable tenacity and agility. The Scorpio variants achieve the 100kmph mark from standstill in a sub 15-second time with the top speed being around 160kmph mark.
RIDE AND HANDLING
With a completely reformed suspension setup, the ride and dynamics of the vehicle has gone up by several notches. Its potential to take uneven roads and potholes has also increased. The new dampeners come into effect when the vehicle goes through a rough patch and insulates the cabin from the entire disturbance. The difference in stability is also clearly evident.While taking corners at speeds of up to 100kmph, there is no body roll. It is only at higher triple digit speeds where one can feel an oversteer. To make night driving safer, there are static cornering lamps positioned behind the projector lights. These lights glow during taking turns thus illuminating critical points at night. They are very useful during pitch dark driving conditions. One thing that has changed is its straight line handling. The earlier version felt bouncy at higher speeds. Not that it has completely come down but has noticeably improved.In fact, we managed to drive it on great lengths of bad roads. The new suspension setup swallowed whatever we threw at it. The gear shifts were little sticky but nonetheless it still impressed us with its safe insulation. Even the in-cabin noise insulation is simply fantastic. The 2WD impressed us immensely.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Airbags for driver and co-passenger are offered on S4+ onwards in the range missing out on the entry level variants. ABS with EBD and panic brake indication is also available on variants above the S4 trim. Other safety features aboard include collapsible steering column and side intrusion beams, digital immobiliser, anti-theft warning, seat belt reminder lamp, speed alert and auto door lock while driving.
The Scorpio has never been a pretty car, neither has it been brilliant at one single thing. However, it has always delivered a lot of value at its price. At Rs 11.46 lakh ex-showroom, the two-wheel drive S10 we’ve driven shows exceptional value for money. Add to that the trouble-free reputation that Scorpios have and Mahindra’s service network and you have a car that can sway you. It might sound a little far-fetched, but the new Scorpio really is quite new, and worthy of a look if you’re looking at the XUV, Duster, Terrano and Safari Storme.
Mahindra Scorpio Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 9,29,774/- (Scorpio Getaway BSIV 2WD) to 15,44,417/- (Scorpio Adventure Limited Edition 4WD) .Mahindra Scorpio has 12 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Mahindra Scorpio comes in 8 colours, namely Molten Red,Getaway Rocky Beige,Fiery Black,Getaway Fiery Black,Getaway Mist Silver,Diamond White,Mist Silver,Adventure Edition White.