By the last week of September 2014, Mahindra & Mahindra would have rolled out nearly 5,000 units of the facelifted Scorpio SUV from its Nashik factory in Maharashtra. The automaker began producing the facelifted Scorpio from early August with a 100 units/day production schedule, in order to meet the stiff, anticipated demand. According to a report on AutocarIndia, the Scorpio SUV Facelift will be launched in India on the 25th of September, bang on target to attract the festive season vehicle shoppers.
Among other things, the major upgrade on the facelifted Scorpio has to do with its ladder frame chassis, which is said to employ hydroforming in order to reduce weight and boost stiffness. A hydroformed ladder frame chassis, along with revisions to suspension geometry is said to make the Scorpio Facelift a much better handler than its predecessor. The ride quality is also expected to be better than before.
By addressing the two major problem areas of the pre-facelift Scorpio, Mahindra intent to pummel competition into submission right from word go seems evident. The facelifted Scorpio will feature a range of design changes, with a completely new front end replete with new headlamps that now house projectors, and a new bumper and grille job. At the rear, the X’mas tree tail lamp cluster gives way to a more sophisticated, and shorter LED unit.
On the inside, the Scorpio Facelift will feature bits borrowed from the upmarket XUV500 crossover. The feature set is likely to get richer than ever before with a host of bells and tinkles. The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine will be retained even as the 5 speed 320MT manual gearbox is an all-new affair. The Scorpio will retain its rear wheel drive layout as standard with specific variants offering the four wheel drive function.