Most people interested in off-roading with a Scorpio so far only had the top-end Scorpio M-Hawk VLX 4WD model to choose from. But recently Mahindra has introduced a four-wheel drive variant of the Scorpio in its LX variant, which is a mid-range variant.
The Scorpio LX 4WD is priced at Rs. 9.18 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. This four-wheel drive variant is about Rs. 1.2 lakh more expensive than its rear-wheel drive counterpart.
The Scorpio LX 4WD is powered by Mahindra’s tried-and-tested 2.2-litre MHawk engine that puts out 120 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission primarily driving the rear wheels. This is the same engine present on the SLE and VLX variants of the Scorpio too. In addition, the LX 4WD variant has a shift-on-the-fly, Borg-Warner transfer-case that transmits power to the front-wheels as well at the flick of a switch. It also has a low-ratio mode for extreme off-road conditions such as driving through slush, climbing up steep rocky surfaces or tackling sand dunes.
Externally, there’s not much to differentiate the LX 4WD variant from the regular LX variant other than the 4WD badging on the tail-gate and the trailer hook in the rear bumper, both features that have been a trademark of four-wheel drive Scorpio models over the years. The LX variant comes with steel wheels without wheel caps and so the front 4WD locking hubs are quite prominently visible as well.
The LX variant does not have body-cladding and has a pretty “bare” look to it, which actually is more practical for someone looking for a no-frills off-roader. It has the essential comforts one needs such as air-conditioning, power windows, central locking and tilt-adjustable power steering. It does not have safety features such as ABS and airbags, nor does it have a music system or any other conveniences.
Here’s a quick look at what the Scorpio LX 4WD offers:
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The Scorpio gives a claimed mileage of 13 kmpl on diesel in normal driving conditions. Off-road, depending on the extent of four-wheel drive usage, mileage can drop to about 8-9 kmpl.
The Scorpio LX four-wheel drive variant offers a good alternative to those looking for a proper off-roader, but also wanted some creature comforts. It’s the only four-wheel drive vehicle in its price range that can offer this. Below this price bracket you have the Mahindra Thar and Maruti Gypsy which are hard core off-roaders, but without any creature comforts. The Tata Safari EX 4×4 was the only other vehicle in this category, but it has been discontinued.
Therefore, if you’re in the market for a good four-wheel drive SUV below Rs. 10 lakh with just the right amount of creature comforts, the Scorpio LX 4WD is a good bet.
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