The next generations of the XUV500 and the Scorpio are probably one of the most awaited launches from Mahindra. The test mules of both the vehicles have been spied a number of times on the Indian roads. It was rumoured that the Scorpio will be launching first and then the XUV500. Well, Veejay Nakra, Mahindra Auto CEO has just put the rumours to rest. He confirmed that the first vehicle to launch by the manufacturer will be the 2021 XUV500 and then the 2021 Scorpio will be launched.
The questions were answered in an interview with Powerdrift in which Veejay also confirmed the timeline of both the launches. The XUV500 will be launching between Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of the calendar year 2021. The launch could happen from anywhere between June-July to April-September. So, expect the SUV to be in the Indian market before Diwali.
The Scorpio on the other hand will be launched around the festive season or the 2021 Diwali. So, it could be around late October to November of 2021. Mahindra is heavily redesigning both the SUVs and adding features to them.
The new Scorpio will be larger in dimensions than the outgoing one. The ladder frame chassis will be reworked to provide better ride quality and handling. From the spy shots, we know that it will offer twin-pod LED projector headlamps, C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps that surround the fog lamps and LED tail lamps. Mahindra’s 6-slat grille will be redesigned to be bigger and there will be larger air dams also. It will also come with new 5-spoke alloy wheels.
The 2021 Scorpio will get the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and 2.2-litre diesel engine as the Thar. However, they are expected to be in a higher state of tune because Scorpio is a much larger vehicle than the Thar.
The turbo petrol engine could produce around 160 PS whereas the diesel engine could produce around 140 PS. Both the engines will be offered with 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The higher variants should also offer a 4×4 drivetrain with a low-range gearbox.
The XUV500 will be redesigned but will retain its Cheetah inspired design language. It will come with LED headlamps, LED tail lamps and LED Daytime Running Lamps. It will get door handles that will sit flush with the bodywork of the SUV. You will still get the prominent rear haunches over the rear wheel arch that we get on the current XUV500.
The interior will also be a lot more upmarket than the current one. It will get soft-touch materials, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, panoramic sunroof and a lot more. There will be a dual-screen setup for the dashboard while the lower variants will get a smaller touchscreen for the infotainment and an analogue instrument cluster.
It will also get the 2.0-litre turbo petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The engines will be in their highest state of tune. So, expect the turbo petrol engine to produce somewhere around 180 PS to 190 PS whereas the diesel engine would be producing around 160 PS to 180 PS. Both the engines will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. We do not expect it to offer a four-wheel-drive option this time.