In the coming months, Mahindra will facelift its best selling SUV, the Scorpio. The Indian automaker continues to extensively test the facelifted SUV ahead of its launch here. The facelifted version of the Scorpio will come with many stylistic changes that will make the SUV look fresher than ever. However, the profile of the Scorpio will remain unchanged, ensuring that the SUV remains instantly recognizable. CarToq has managed to snap up the base and top-end variants of the Scorpio doing testing runs.
The base variant of the Scorpio will replace the EX version. Although this version isn’t the most attractive ones in the Scorpio range, the EX brings in big sales for Mahindra from the semi-urban and rural markets, where its affordable price tag is a major draw. From the spyshots, we’ve discerned that the base variant of the facelifted Scorpio will omit feature such as the roof rails, the roof mounted antenna, body coloured wing mirrors, body coloured door handles, rear spoiler and alloy wheels, to make for a lower price tag.
The bottom variant of the SUV will also feature shorter footboards. However, both the basic and top end variants of the Scorpio get LED tail lamps, a major design feature on the facelifted model. All variants in the facelifted line up are likely to get suspension revisions. In terms of mechanical changes, the 2.5 liter M2DiCR and 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engines are likely to be retained. Both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts will be offered on the facelifted Scorpio, as is the case currently.
The interiors of the facelifted Scorpio will see better quality materials used and features borrowed from the XUV500. A minor price hike is likely to be on the cards. However, Mahindra wouldn’t want to narrow the gap between the Scorpio and the XUV500 with a large price hike for the facelifted model to avoid cannibalization. Therefore, the Scorpio Facelift is expected to be priced quite sharply, in comparison with competition.