Mahindra is currently working on an all-new version of the Scorpio which has been spied testing numerous times. While the interior of the 2021 XUV 500 on which Mahindra is also working has been also spied, the interior and the features of the Scorpio were not yet known. However, here are some of the first spy shots of the interior of the Scorpio which reveals little details.
In the picture, we can see the driver side cabin of the Scorpio, which reveals an all-new cabin design. We can see the multi-function steering wheel. It is the same unit that we have seen on the new Thar. However, it looks like Mahindra has given chrome bits on the steering wheel instead of black ones that we get on the Thar. The stalks that come out of the steering wheel for the wipers and the headlight also look a bit different than the Thar. They have a silver finish on them instead of the pure black ones that we have seen on the Thar.
Then there are the vertically placed air conditioning vents which get a silver garnish surround and there is a push-button to start/stop. This also means that the Scorpio will be offering a keyless entry also. The instrument cluster looks similar to the one that we have seen on the new Thar. The dashboard also gets a dual-tone, black and beige treatment which should help in making the cabin less claustrophobic.
There are roof rails placed which should be functional to carry some amount of weight. There is also a sunroof which should let in light and an airy feel in the cabin. However, if there is a sunroof in the SUV, the roof rails will not be functional. Moreover, the SUV is expected to come with features like cruise control, automatic climate control, rear parking camera, stability control, traction control and much more.
Mahindra has also reworked the ladder-frame chassis for the Scorpio to improve the ride quality and handling. The 2021 Scorpio has a very boxy and butch design with upright body panels. It comes with regular door handles instead of flush sitting ones that we have seen on the upcoming XUV500. Powering the new Scorpio will be the new set of engines from the Thar. The new engines are a huge improvement from the previous ones. There will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection mStallion petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine.
The mStallion petrol engine will produce 150 PS of max power while the mHawk diesel engine will produce around 130 PS of max power. However, it is possible that the engines are in a different state of tune and they might produce more power than the Thar considering the Scorpio is a bigger vehicle than the Thar. Both the engines will be offered with 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Mahindra will also offer 4×4 powertrain with the 2021 Scorpio just like they used to do with the current one. The new Scorpio will launch in the second half of 2021.