Mahindra is working on a slew of new vehicles for India. Their XUV 700 has already made a lot of hype in the Indian market. They are also working on the Scorpio whose launch has been delayed. The Scorpio will now launch around February 2022. The SUV was recently spied on Indian roads and it was taped on a video. The video is uploaded on YouTube by AutoTrend TV.
From the video, we can see that the dimensions of the SUV have grown quite a bit. This means that there will be more cabin space and room for the occupants to move around. It will be based on a reworked ladder frame chassis. So, expect the ride quality to be better and handling should also improve. Mahindra has kept the boxy shape of the Scorpio which makes it distinguishable on the road.
It will have C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamp surrounds for the fog lamps. There are new twin-pod projector headlamps that also uses LEDs. The grille has also grown now and it has six vertical slats. You also get a flat bonnet and pronounced wheel arches. The alloy wheels that are being used by the SUV gets 10 spokes and they are wrapped by MRF Wanderer tyres.
At the rear, there is a side-hinged door that gets a conventional door handle to open it. You also get a shark-fin antenna, a rear wiper with a washer and a rear spoiler. Moreover, you also get roof rails. It is not yet known if the roof rails will be functional or not.
Earlier, the interior pictures of the Scorpio were leaked online. They revealed that the Scorpio will be now come with an electric sunroof for the very first time. This will help in letting in light to the cabin so that it does not feel claustrophobic. The sunroof was important because the cabin of the SUV is finished in black and the upholstery is finished in dark brown.
Other things we learned from the spy shots are some switchgear will be derived from the Mahindra Thar but will be given chrome surrounds so that it does not feel out of place or cheap. There will be a multi-information display, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry and much more. Mahindra will also offer a new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems which will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Overall, the new Scorpio will provide a much better cabin experience than the current one.
Engine and transmission
Mahindra will offer the new Scorpio with both a diesel and a petrol engine. The petrol engine will be a 2.0-litre unit that will be turbocharged and will come with direct injection. It will be producing around 165 to 175 PS of max power. There will also be a 2.2-litre diesel engine that will produce around 150 to 160 PS of max power. The exact power and torque figures are not known as of now. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Mahindra will offer a 4×4 drivetrain with the Scorpio on the higher variants only.