Mahindra launches special edition Scorpio with added features

It’s almost festive season and carmakers are trying every trick in the book to make the best out of a gloomy year. Mahindra has gone the special edition route with its second-largest selling SUV, the Mahindra Scorpio. It has just launched a special edition Scorpio with about six “new” features that make it even more special. 

Here’s a look at what’s new in the “special-edition” Scorpio. The Scorpio Special Edition is based on the VLX 2WD variant of the Scorpio.

The vehicle gets an integrated roof-mounted DVD player with a drop-down 9-inch screen. This allows rear-seat passengers to enjoy movies on long drives. All mid and top-end Scorpio variants already come pre-wired for this accessory, which can also be fitted aftermarket or at the dealer at the time of delivery.

The vehicle gets a leather-wrapped gear knob and leather covered steering wheel as well. This is a welcome feature, as the Scorpio has pretty hard plastics otherwise. In addition, it also gets full European-leather upholstery in a mix of beige and tan to suit the interiors.

The Special Edition vehicle will come with dual airbags. This is a feature that is already present on the VLX models as an option. It will also come with special chrome-plated alloy wheels for some added bling. Also read: Mahindra confirms all-new Scorpio for 2014

The Scorpio is powered by a 2.2 litre MHawk diesel engine that puts out 120 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Other features that the VLX offers includes automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth enabled music system, steering audio controls, cruise control and power-operated mirrors as some of its selling points.

The Special Edition Scorpio is likely to be priced at about Rs. 20,000 more than the regular VLX Scorpio. It’s going to be exclusive as only 500 will be made. The vehicle has been consistently holding on to sales of about 3,500 vehicles a month, despite increasing competition from the Renault Duster, Tata Safari Storme and its own sibling the Mahindra XUV500. An all-new Scorpio is expected in 2014. Also read: New Mahindra Scorpio spyshots reveal likely changes