Mahindra is working on the new generation of the XUV500 and the Scorpio. However, before they launch the vehicles they have to test the vehicles in all climates. Earlier, the 2021 XUV500 was spied in cold weather, but this time the 2021 Scorpio has been spied in cold weather. The new SUV was spied near the famous Atal tunnel. It was probably there for cold-weather testing. This ensures that the SUV is able to perform in extreme cold weathers because people will take the 2021 Scorpio to Leh and the SUV do not leave the owners stranded in such a place.
The video has been uploaded by Sunil Kulhari on his YouTube channel. The Scorpio is alongside a Mahindra Thar, which could also be on a test because, despite its launch, Mahindra has some test mules around the country on various tests. We can also see the SUV on a highway where the SUVs high-speed stability is tested. The SUV seems like it is in its production-spec so the 2021 Scorpio is almost ready.
The 2021 Scorpio will be based on a reworked version of the ladder frame chassis which should improve the ride quality and the handling of the SUV. The dimensions of the 2021 Scorpio will also be much larger than the current one. This means that the cabin will be more spacious for the occupants. Even after wearing camouflage, one can easily notice how much bigger the new SUV is. This should help in increasing the road presence of the SUV.
At the front, we will get Mahindra’s six-slat vertical grille, which will be flanked by new LED twin-pod projector headlamps. In the lower half, there will be LED foglamps that will be surrounded by C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps. The front bumper is also much larger with wide air dams. From the side, the first thing that you would notice is the sheer size of the SUV. There are new 5-spoke alloy wheels, roof rails, plastic cladding and the boxy Scorpio design has been carried over. At the rear, we will get a wiper with a washer, defogger and a high-mounted stop lamp. The tailgate will still be side hinged and will be opened by a door handle. There will be some newly designed LED tail lamps too.
Powering the 2021 Scorpio will be a 2.0-litre mHawk diesel engine and a 2.0-litre Stallion turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. These are the same engines that we have seen on the Mahindra Thar. Because the Scorpio is a heavier vehicle, the engines are expected to be in a higher state of tune. The petrol engine is expected to produce around 150 to 160 PS of max power while the diesel engine is expected to produce somewhere around 140 PS. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Mahindra has still not commented if the new Scorpio will be offered with a 4×4 powertrain or not.
The launch of the Mahindra SUVs is could be delayed because of the shortage of semiconductors that the world is facing. These semiconductors are used in all the electric components of a vehicle such as Electronic Control Unit, infotainment system, various sensors etc. You can read more about the delayed launch by clicking here.