Mahindra has confirmed its plans to launch an all-new Scorpio by 2014. The project codenamed ‘W105’ would take two years for completion.
“We would ensure that the customer sees it as the next generation Scorpio and not a new car or a new SUV,” Pawan Goenka, President, automotive sector, M&M, was quoted as saying by the Business Standard. He added that “screaming to be a Scorpio” is the brief given to the design department, but did not reveal any more details on the Scorpio.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Scorpio and work has started on the next generation Scorpio to mark its 10th anniversary. This will also help strengthen the brand to face new rivals from car makers such as Maruti Suzuki (XA Alpha) and Ford (EcoSport).
Last month, CarToq has brought you news of the new Scorpio being readied for a 2014 launch. Also read: New Scorpio by 2014.
Here’s what’s like to go into it. The new Scorpio will have major changes in the mechanical department such as a redesigned chassis with a longer wheelbase than the current chassis. The modified chassis will allow Mahindra to improve the second row passenger legroom.
With regard to performance, the new Scorpio could be powered by the XUV500’s mHawk engine that puts out 140 Bhp of power with a new six-speed gearbox. The higher power and new gearbox will likely improve the Scorpio’s top-end performance.
Alongside addressing performance of the new model, Mahindra may also look into fuel efficiency and reducing carbon prints as well. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the new Scorpio is made to weigh less than the present model to improve fuel efficiency.
The Scorpio has been a game changer for Mahindra and despite the launch of XUV500 a value for money SUV; it sells consistently which speaks a lot about its trust among buyers.
The 2014 Scorpio can be expected to be an evolutionary model that inherits the strengths of the current model while updating its mechanicals and features to fight upcoming SUVs. What changes do you think Mahindra should do in the new Scorpio to make it a better SUV?
Source: Business Standard