Mahindra Scorpio Overview
Fifteen years is a long time but the Mahindra Scorpio indeed continues to be the manufacturer’s most popular SUV since its 2002 launch. Its biggest appeal lies in the fact that in a world where crossovers are jostling for space the Scorpio is still a hard-core, old-school SUV. The second generation Scorpio was launched in 2014 which has only helped its fan base grow stronger, as apart from being a butch SUV the Scorpio is now also a more comfortable, plusher family vehicle. And while I personally didn’t think the Scorpio was beginning to look dated, I cannot deny it could have done with some more power. Mahindra has just addressed the issue while also sprucing up the Scorpio’s looks.Check for Mahindra Scorpio price in Hyderabad .
Mahindra Scorpio Style
In terms of looks, Mahindra has not fiddled too much and the Scorpio still makes for a familiar sight. Up front, there’s an all-new grille which replaces the blade-like chrome slats of the previous model with a more traditional seven-slotted design. It also gets a redesigned bumper with new fog lamps, a new skid plate, subtly tweaked projector headlamps and ORVMs that now come integrated with side indicators.
The rear end has been cleaned up, the tailgate is all new and Mahindra has completely done away with the plastic appliqué that surrounds the number plate. The Scorpio’s already good-looking tail-lamps look better with a new red theme (from the earlier clear look).
Overall, the Scorpio’s nip and tuck job does enough make it look more contemporary and also lends it a hint of sophistication. Along with the new engine and design facelift, Mahindra has also added a new top-end variant called the S11, which features additional equipment. The new, more powerful mHawk140 engine will be available only in the S7 and S11 variants, along with the four-wheel-drive option. There’s a base S3 variant that will feature the m2DICR engine developing 75hp and 200Nm torque. Scorpio’s existing 120hp 2.2 mHawk engine, which also carries forward, will be available in the S5 and S7 trims. Sadly, there still is no automatic transmission on offer.
Mahindra Scorpio Space
The SUV is extremely relevant to the current market situations and made to give a tough competition to its competitions. The key highlight of the Mahindra Scorpio interior is that it is given bench seat for the third row as well, along with a centre armrest. The seats are wrapped in faux leather upholstery, making the car cabin a better place than most of the cars with fabric upholstery.
The front dash section imparts pretty much of attractions as well. The centrally mounted 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system gets GPS satellite navigation. Barring the touch screen unit, the other systems on the dash get analogue dials along with a digital clock. The settings on the centre console are clean with good quality knobs and button bits. The top-end spec also gets automatic climate control along with a heater. There are two 12V power outlets as well.
Mahindra Scorpio Gearbox
The biggest changes are under the hood though. The Scorpio’s 2200cc, inline four cylinder, mHawk engine gets a new Borg Warner turbocharger that has helped in bumping power and torque figures up. The new Scorpio now offers 140PS produced at 3750rpm now as opposed to 120PS produced at 4000rpm earlier. Peak torque produced stands at 320Nm, offered from just 1500rpm as compared to the 280Nm produced 1800rpm onwards earlier. Variants have also been changed, and engines and performance will vary variant wise.
The base S3 variant will use the 2.5-litre m2DICR engine producing 75PS, while the S5 and S7 variants will get the mHawk in the same state of tune as before, offering 120PS and 280Nm. The S7 will also be offered in the 140PS trim though, along with the new top of the line variant, the S11. The more powerful S7 and the S11 also get the brand-new 6-speed gearbox, while lower variants will continue using the same 5-speed gearbox as before. We only drove the S11 briefly at Mahindra’s own test track, and the differences in performances were noticeable instantly.
The new gearbox comes with a self-adjusting clutch that Mahindra claims will offer consistent feel without calling for more effort over extended usage. The clutch pedal indeed called for very little effort while gear changes were more positive sans the older unit’s rubbery feel. While the reduced clutch effort should make for more comfortable drives in traffic, the positive shifts should offer a more engaging feel. The revised VGT makes for a sprightlier feel as soon as you start moving, as peak torque is now available earlier.To know ore information on Mahindra Scorpio check Wwrdheritage
The punchy feel continues as revs go up and power delivery is linear with a consistent surge beyond 3000rpm. We couldn’t test the new Scorpio for acceleration, but I am certain it will post noticeably quicker 0-100kmph times in a VBOX test. The engine also feels calmer with lesser vibration, while NVH levels are better, making for a quieter in-cabin experience even at above 100kmph. Of course, having an additional gear helps matter, as the engine is revving lower now at say 100kmph, which should also improve fuel efficiency over longer drives.
Mahindra Scorpio Riding
Clutch operation is better as well and the pedal can be depressed quite easily, though its travel felt excessively long. It now uses a self-adjusting clutch unit, which prevents it from becoming harder with age.NVH levels have improved slightly with the use of better sound-deadening material. It starts up with the typical diesel clatter but settles down later. Increase pressure on the throttle and sounds do permeate the insides. A major irritant though is the driver-side A-pillar area, which is prone to a lot of wind noise.Scorpio’s suspension remains the same, however, Mahindra say that it has tweaked the spring and damper settings to compensate for the increased weight and performance.
Mahindra Scorpio Safety
The Mahindra Scorpio is pretty healthy in terms of braking and safety, except the base model. The top-end Mahindra Scorpio car has dual safety airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and seat belt warning. ABS, along with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) is also given in the top model. However, child safety lock and vehicle immobilizer are added as standard across all the variants.
Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Hyderabad
Mahindra Scorpio On Road Price is 13,31,742/- and Ex-showroom Price is 10,96,166/- in Hyderabad. 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. Mahindra Scorpio comes with 2WD with 2179 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 120 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 280 Nm@1800-2800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra Scorpio comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .
Mahindra Scorpio Final Thought
While prices for the 75hp, 2.5-litre (older) engine variant of the facelifted Scorpio start at Rs 9.97 lakh, the new-tuned 140hp, 2.2-litre engine variant starts at Rs 12.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi), making it more expensive than comparable Tata Safari Storme variants and just shy of the Tata Hexa and Mahindra’s own XUV500. So it doesn’t really come cheap. Also, there are still many rough edges with the facelift. The interiors are not all that great, imperfect fit and finish may show in places and some desirables, like an automatic transmission, are missing as well. But with the new-tuned mHawk140 engine, the Scorpio gets a boost in performance and fixes the weak top-end grunt that buyers complained about. The ample torque available throughout the rev range and the new six-speed gearbox should make it easy to, both, amble around in the city and drive briskly on the highway. Performance-wise, it is a big thumbs-up. Plus, the Scorpio still retains its traditional butch stance, so if you’ve been a fan of the Scorpio you’ll love the extra sting in its tail.