All-new Mahindra Scorpio: EXCLUSIVE take on the production version

The all-new Mahindra Scorpio is being tested extensively on the highways of India. Every other month, spyshots showing the next-generation Scorpio in various levels of camouflage have been doing the rounds of the interweb. Slowly but steadily, the camouflage is reducing, allowing us to get a better glimpse of the all-new Scorpio. CarToq’s ace rendering artist Vipin Vathoopan has used these images to put together a render that shows what the production version of the all-new Scorpio SUV could look like. Here, check it out.

As the render indicates, the 2021 Scorpio screams Mahindra right from first glance. The front grille has 6.5 slats, a typical Mahindra design touch and there’s a dollop of chrome to accentuate it. The 2021 Scorpio moves a step back from the brutish looks of previous generation models, and now looks more refined, a boxer in a tuxedo if you will.

The rippling muscles are still very much around, and that’s the first thing that’ll strike you as you move away from the high-set bonnet. The wheel wheels are large and muscular while the cladding across the profile gives the design extra character. The front bumper and bonnet are not as aggressive as the ones on previous Scorpio, in deference to new crash test norms, which now values pedestrian lives more than ever before.

That’s not the say the occupants of the car won’t be valued equally, for the new Scorpio is expected get a slew of new safety features on the inside. An important part of the safety boost is under the skin, with the new SUV getting a brand new, hydroformed chassis, which will first be seen on the all-new Thar. The new ladder frame is expected to be lighter, more robust and impact absorbent.

Along with the new platform will come a brand new, 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from Mahindra’s mFalcon range, with outputs in the whereabouts of 140 Bhp-300 Nm. 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered with the BS6 compliant turbo petrol motor.

What most Scorpio buyers will be more interested in is the diesel, which will be the BS6 iteration of the tried and tested 2.2 liter-4 cylinder mHawk turbocharged unit. First developed by AVL Austria and continually refined over the years by Mahindra, the mHawk unit is one of the quietest and most refined operators in its segment.

On the 2021 Scorpio, the 2.2 mHawk diesel is likely to churn out class leading power and torque numbers. How does 160 Bhp-400 Nm sound? Well, that’s exactly what our sources suggest as the outputs for the new SUV. 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes are expected to be on offer, along with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts.

Moving onto the inside, Mahindra is usually generous with equipment levels, especially on higher variants of its flagship models such as the Scorpio and XUV500. The same theme is expected to run on the all-new Scorpio, which will get a much larger feature-set: from a sun-roof to power adjustable seats, the next-generation SUV is all set to take a large leap forward. It’ll get pricier than the outgoing model thanks to all these changes but remember, the Scorpio brand still has a cult following to pull it off. We expect to see the new SUV in Mahindra showrooms sometime early next year. Mighty and muscular will soon be here with a brand new look and feel. We can’t wait.

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