The Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most popular and best-selling SUVs in the Indian market. Launched way back in 2002 for the first time, it has maintained its market lead ever since and has been a strong seller due to its tough ladder on frame construction, powerful engine options and value for money factor. It is equally popular in semi-urban and rural regions as it is in urban areas, which is a feat not many vehicles can achieve. The video below by Motervalue showcases the S3 variant of the latest 2019 model of the Scorpio, which is the most affordable variant of the Scorpio you can buy.
The Scorpio on this video is the S3 variant and 9 seater version, which gets side benches in the last row. To let you know, the Mahindra Scorpio is available across five trim levels and in three seating options. The variants on sale include the S3, S5, S7, S9 and S11 (top variant). The seating options available on the car include 7, 8 and 9 seater options. The base S3 trim of the Scorpio, which is the one featured here, is powered by a 2.5-litre M2DICR turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 75 Bhp of power along with a maximum torque of 220 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox and a rear wheel drive option is standard in this trim.
Being the base variant, it has been deprived of any chrome treatment and instead gets shiny black plastics in place of chrome. The body cladding is black all around the body and it runs on steel wheels that don’t get any wheel covers. The S3 variant also misses out on roof rails and spoiler but all of this can be easily installed in the form of aftermarket accessories. The latest 2019 model gets new equipment like ABS and hydraulic lift bonnet.
It gets conventional headlamps at the front along with LED tail lights. The butch body stance and smart design mean that this Scorpio doesn’t look as bad as one would expect from a base trim variant. Coming to the interiors, you get twin bench set up at the third row while the front and mid row have regular setup. The seats get a dual tone shade leather upholstery. The second-row passengers get AC vents at the rear, though they are just vents and feature no controls whatsoever.
The centre console on the front is all blacked out and gets AC controls towards the bottom. Power button controls are placed behind the gear lever and not on the doors. The front seats can be shifted back and forth but height adjustability is not a feature provided here. As already mentioned, this variant comes with only rear-wheel drive drivetrain, unlike higher end variants which get a 4×4 option.
Talking about the next generation Scorpio, it was spotted testing for the first time recently and will be an all-new vehicle. this will be the first time since 2002 that the car will be built for grounds up and so expect it to be a better vehicle than the car car. It will continue to use a body-on-ladder chassis but will get a new platform. It will make its debut in 2020, and is expected to pack in a brand new 2-liter turbo diesel engine that will meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms.