Mahindra & Mahindra’s big ticket launch for Diwali 2014 will be the Scorpio SUV Facelift. First launched in 2002 and currently in its second generation, the SUV’s last major upgrade arrived in 2006 with the addition of the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine.
However, the overall design of the SUV has remained constant from 2002. In that light, the latest facelift, which sees the interiors of the Scorpio receiving a big upgrade and the exteriors getting new design elements and features, is a major exercise. The facelifted Scorpio SUV will also bring new equipment aboard.
The front end of the facelifted Scorpio gets new projector headlamps that adopt a more angular design. The front grille and bumper see a makeover too. The alloy wheel design gets a once over while the rear of the SUV dumps the X’mas tree tail lamps for smaller LED units.
On the inside, the Scorpio will get revised seats, a dual tone dashboard, a new center console, an upmarket steering wheel borrowed from the flagship XUV500 crossover, touch screen infotainment module on the center console, relocated power window switches that now sit on the door handles, rectangular AC vents, a new instrument console and an automatic climate control module.
Tata Motors is putting together a Safari Storme SUV to counter the facelifted Mahindra Scorpio.
The SUV’s 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbo diesel engine that outputs 120 Bhp-290 Nm is expected to be retained, along with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Mahindra is also expected to make changes to the ride and handling package of the Scorpio Facelift, an area of weakness in the current version.
The Scorpio will retain its ladder frame chassis and the rear wheel drive layout. The shift-on-the-fly four wheel drive system with low ratio will also be retained on certain variants of the SUV, and so will the idle stop mechanism and other features such as cruise control, tyre pressure sensors, and automatic wipers and headlamps
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